MI employees affected by partial shutdown can apply for grants up to $1,650 starting Friday

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Posted at 6:54 AM, Jan 15, 2021

(WXYZ) — The Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association Educational Foundation said applications open Friday for employees affected by the partial shutdown to get grants up to $1,650.

The Michigan Department of Treasury will process the Employee Assistance Grants to approved people from the $45 million fund authorized under a Senate bill signed by Gov. Whitmer.

“Michigan’s restaurant and hotel employees are suffering right now, and they need help,” MRLA President & CEO Justin Winslow said in a release. “We are honored to be selected to administer these much-needed grants and take very seriously our responsibility to process them efficiently and effectively.”

According to the MRLA, the grants are not first-come, first-serve, meaning the applications will be open for submissions from Jan. 15-25.

You must be a Michigan resident and demonstrate proof of employment in one of the industries below that was forced to close due to the partial shutdown.

Those industries are:

  • Bars
  • Banquet Halls
  • Bowling Allies
  • Cafeterias
  • Casinos
  • Caterers
  • Food Trucks
  • Golf Courses
  • Hotels, Motels, Bed & Breakfast, Resorts
  • Nightclubs
  • Restaurants
  • Theaters
  • And other such recreational facilities

The application window opens at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 15 with the deadline at 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 25. Applicants will be notified no later than Feb. 26 to confirm if their grant was approved or denied.

For more information and to apply, click here.

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