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Grants for restaurant workers available this month

Application window opens January 15
CDC Study: COVID-19 patients 'twice as likely' to report dining at a restaurant recently
Posted at 1:57 PM, Jan 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-12 13:57:57-05

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association Educational Foundation announced on Tuesday grants from the state of Michigan for people impacted by the state’s COVID-19 emergency orders.

Employees in hospitality, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services sectors may receive one-time grants up to $1,650 if they were impacted by the order that took effect Nov. 18, according to a news release.

Applications will be open Jan. 15 through Jan. 25.

The State of Michigan Department of Treasury will process Employee Assistance Grants to approved recipients from the $45 million fund.

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

Recent employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the state’s hospitality industry is operating with 33% fewer employees than it was at the same time last year.

The grants are not first-come, first-serve, meaning the application will be open throughout the 10-day period.

Applicants must be Michigan residents and show proof of being negatively affected by the November 2020 public health order while working in one of the following industries:

  • Bars, banquet halls, bowling alleys, cafeterias, casinos, caterers, food trucks, golf courses, hotels, nightclubs, restaurants, theaters and other such recreational facilities

Applications can be found here once they open up.