Thursday, October 14, 2021

Canton theater awarded 2nd federal grant

The Village Theater at Cherry Hill was recently awarded a second grant in the amount of $93,756 from the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program, which provides emergency assistance for eligible cultural institutions and organizations affected by COVID-19.

The grant was awarded by the U.S Small Business Administration to enable recipients to recoup expenses and recover from the period when they were unable to earn revenue. Funds must be expensed by June 30, 2022, to repay eligible expenses, including but not limited to payroll, utilities, maintenance, and repairs, as well as contracted performances. 

“The Village Theater at Cherry Hill is so grateful for these additional funds from the U.S. Small Business Administration, which will help mitigate the impact of lost revenue due to the pandemic,” said Ben Frick, Canton performing arts coordinator. 

“The Shutter Grant Program allows us to boldly move forward toward full recovery and invest in a variety of entertainment that will enable us to bring unique experiences to the Canton community.” The Village Theater at Cherry Hill staff members have allocated the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant funds to cover wages, utilities, and contracted services to bring in new performance opportunities, Frick said. 

The SVOG program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act and the American Rescue Plan Act. The program has administered more than $16.2 billion in grants to shuttered venues across the United States through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Disaster Assistance. To date, the funding has been awarded to thousands of organizations throughout the country, according to a statement from the organization.

The Village Theater at Cherry Hill is located at 50400 Cherry Hill Road in Canton and  remains dedicated to supporting and advancing arts and culture in the Canton community, according to a prepared statement from Frick. 

For additional information about The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, visit or contact the box office at (734) 394-5300.