June 24, 2021, 12:58 am
Updated on: 24.06.2021, 00:58
Now that some of New Jersey’s entertainment establishments and businesses are receiving long-awaited federal grants, following orders to shut down during the pandemic. The scholarships are designed to get people back to work and bring art and culture back to the communities.
Jersey City’s White Eagle Hall is one of the concert venues closed by the pandemic. The owners say they are ready to go back to work.
Married co-owners Ben LoPiccolo and Olga Levina say the reopening is possible in large part with a federal grant of nearly $ 740,000 that the venue has received. It is one of 36 New Jersey venues that have received a Shuttered Venues Operator Grant to cover a percentage of losses and recruit staff.
The scholarship program was set up last December, but the application process was slowed down by technical glitches. The honors are only now beginning.
About $ 11 million has been spent in New Jersey to date, and $ 16 billion is available nationwide through the federal grant program.