What is The Michigan Hospitality Industry Employee Relief Fund?
The Michigan Hospitality Industry Employee Relief Fund, supported by the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association Educational Foundation, is designed to assist employees of Michigan's restaurant and lodging industry who are in need of support after the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Who can apply for The Michigan Hospitality Industry Employee Relief Fund? 
Funds will be granted to individuals that can demonstrate need and proof of hospitality industry employment as of March 10, 2020. Payments up to the amount of $500 will be granted to all approved applicants until resources are fully depleted.

When will funds be available? 
Applications will open again at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, September 21 and will close at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 1. Payments will be issues in late October.  

Where can employees apply for the relief funds? 
Due to the overwhelming response, the employee application is currently closed. While the The Michigan Hospitality Industry Employee Relief Fund is open to all hospitality employees in the state, restaurant-specific employees can also separately apply for the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Restaurant Employee Relief Fund which can be accessed below. 

Why was The Michigan Hospitality Industry Relief Fund created?
COVID-19 has left more than half of the 600,000 hospitality workers in Michigan without gainful employment. The MRLAEF understands the needs of the industry and has created a partial solution to help these hardworking, passionate employees. That State of Michigan has recently approved $2.5 million in funding to support this initiative. 

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