Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts to Receive Federal Grant to Aid COVID-19 Recovery | News

A man walks past the Center for Performing Arts in downtown Mountain View November 7, 2017. The center has been hit hard by pandemic-related closures but is expected to receive more federal funding, totaling more than $1 million dollars, to help in its recovery. Photo by Michelle Le.

The Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, like other venues that have been closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, has suffered significant revenue declines over the past two years. A new federal grant could help cover these losses.

Through the grant program, which aims to help struggling closed sites, the city is set to receive an additional $338,370 to help cover staff costs incurred by the center. The grant covers the period during which the venue has been completely closed as well as when the number of performances held at the site has been significantly reduced.

The city has already received $676,740 in funding from the program, which is called the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant, or SVOG, program administered by the US Small Business Administration’s Office of Disaster Assistance. The funds are used to reimburse the center for staff salary expenses. With the new grant, the total amount the arts center has received under the program will be $1.015 million.

The new grant is expected to partially reimburse the center’s salary expenses incurred between January 1 and June 30 of this year.

The center, located at 500 Castro St., was “significantly impacted” by the COVID-19 pandemic in fiscal years 2019-20 and 2020-21, staff said. In the 2019-20 fiscal year, the number of performances fell to 276, while that number fell to a low of 77 performances in the 2020-21 fiscal year, according to a staff report. Typically, the center hosts 400-500 events a year.