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Submarine Museum, Niantic Cinemas get American Rescue Plan funding

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On Tuesday,Congressman Joe Courtney announced the awarding of federal pandemic relief grants totaling more than $420,000 to two venues in eastern Connecticut.

A grant of $137,247 was awarded to the Submarine Force Library and Museum Association in Groton, and a grant went to Niantic Cinemas (Niantic Cinema Corp.) in Niantic.

Both grants were awarded through the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program, a relief program authorized by Congress and supported by the American Rescue Plan Act to target support specifically towards live venue operators — theaters and performance arts organizations, museums, cinemas, and other similar entities.

“Our region’s local theaters, museums, and live venues don’t just make eastern Connecticut a great place to live, they also create real, good-paying jobs,” Courtney said in a statement. “ ... Our recovery is going strong in eastern Connecticut, but many of our live venues are just starting to feel the rising tide — the Submarine Force museum just recently re-opened, and Niantic Theaters has their re-opening scheduled for this Friday. For these small businesses and many others, this new support will make a big difference as they press forward and re-open this summer — that’s exactly why I voted to pass the American Rescue Plan.”

The SVOG program was authorized by Congress to provide economic relief to venues shuttered by COVID-19 and is administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Impacted venues are able to put SVOG relief funding to use in a variety of ways, from payroll costs, to rent and utility payments, scheduled mortgage and debt payments, worker protection expenditures, state and local taxes and fees, insurance payments, maintenance and administrative costs, and a wide variety of other ordinary and necessary business expenses.



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