ARPA Venue Reactivation Program
As recovery from the pandemic continues, Denver Arts & Venues (DAV) will use American Rescue Plan Act funds to make it easier for nonprofits to produce events at City and County of Denver owned venues. Funds will be applied directly against costs typically billed back to the producers/promoters such as security, personnel services (ushers) and/or janitorial services. The funds utilize $1M from the city’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) allocation. Between $100,000 and $150,000 will be reserved for use by organizations with 2020 revenues of less than $1 million.
DAV will use ARPA money to offer a reduction in program costs to 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) non-profit organizations which hold performances or events in a DAV facility between June 1, 2022 and May 31, 2023. Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to, security, ushers, ticket scanning and other similar personnel services, janitorial services, and third-party equipment rentals procured by DAV and normally billed back to clients as a production expense.
Denver’s long-range plan for recovery includes direct distribution of $308 million in ARPA Local Relief Funds. To date, Denver has received and allocated $154 million in ARPA funds to support city, community, and business recovery efforts. Denver solicited and received feedback from more than 6,200 residents, Denver City Council, city agencies, the city’s Stimulus Investment Advisory Committee, and the Mayor’s Economic Recovery Council between May and September 2021 to inform the use of the city’s first round of ARPA funds. The remaining $154 million is expected to be delivered to Denver in the third quarter of 2022. Federal law requires Denver to expend all funds by the end of 2026.