Grants available for employees impacted by recent COVID-19 orders
Thu, 01/14/2021 - 1:54pm caleb
State offering 10-day window from January 15 through January 25 for people to apply online
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
State officials announced on Wednesday the availability of a new series of grants aimed at helping some employees adversely affected by recent regulations put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19.
“This grant program puts dollars in the pockets of Michiganders who work in hospitality, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food service sectors as well as the gym and fitness sectors,” said Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday, January 13.
According to the governor’s office, “the application period will open January 15 at 9 a.m. and will be available until January 25 at 5 p.m. Applications will be processed through February, and payments will be issued in March.”
State officials are asking “eligible Michiganders” to apply for the Employee Assistance Grants online at https://www.mrlaef.org/money.
“Eligible individuals can apply for one-time grants of up to $1,650. There’s a 10-day window to apply for this grant from January 15 through January 25 so please don’t wait to apply for the grant program. It opens up on Friday,” Governor Whitmer said.
According to the application website, people eligible for the grants are “employees who were impacted by the MDHHS Gathering and Face Mask Order of November 18, 2020. Employees working in the following industries qualify: restaurants; hotels, motels, bed & breakfast, resorts; bars; food trucks; bowling alleys; theaters; nightclubs; golf courses; banquet halls; caterers; casinos; cafeterias; other impacted industries.”
“These Michiganders have made great sacrifices and continue to make great sacrifices as we fight COVID-19. So this great program will help offset some of the financial loss that they’ve incurred through furlough, layoff, or job loss, or reduction of hours because of the virus,” Governor Whitmer said.
Applicants have to supply their name, social security number, address, and employment information, according to the website.
“The Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association Educational Foundation is administering this grant program,” according to the website. “The Employee Assistance Grants were made available by Senate Bill 748.”