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Applicants will begin to receive notice of approval or denial for the grant by February 26, 2021.

Due to an overwhelming amount of applications to the Employee Assistance Grants, the MRLAEF is unable to provide individual responses and reasons for denial. Determinations for approval or denial of Employee Assistance Grants are final.



Phone: 517-377-3938 

Monday - Friday: 9:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.

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When will the grants be sent to applicants? 

An email confirming your approval or denial will be sent to you via the email you provided no later than February 26, 2021. The payments will be mailed from the State of Michigan Department of Treasury. The award is taxable income but will not impact your unemployment payments if you are receiving them. The State of Michigan Department of Treasury will be issuing checks. Treasury will be processing checks, including a letter from the governor, and mailing payments the week of March 15, 2021. Approved applicants can expect delivery after March 22, 2021 to the address provided on your application. 


What are Employee Assistance Grants?
The Employee Assistance Grants were made available by Senate Bill 748, and are designed to provide support to employees impacted by the MDHHS Gathering and Face Mask Order that took effect on November 18, 2020. The Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association Educational Foundation is administering this grant program.

What is the application period for the Employee Assistance Grants?

The application period will open on January 15, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. and will be available until January 25, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. The grants are not first come, first serve and the application will be open for submissions for the entirety of that 10-day period. Please take the time to ensure your application is complete and correct. 


Who is eligible to apply for the Employee Assistance Grants?

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 

What information or documentation is required to be provided on the grants application?

  • Personal information: Legal name, mailing address, social security number, and date of hire.
  • Employer information: Business Name, manager name, phone and email address.
  • Proof of employment: You will need a paystub showing proof of employment in November (1-18) of 2020 OR a letter signed by your manager, company shareholder, or company owner on business letterhead stating your employment was impacted as a direct result of the DHHS Gathering and Face Mask Order of November 2020  
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How much money will applicants receive?

Eligible recipients meeting all criteria and providing a complete and accurate application will be awarded assistance up to $1,650. The award is taxable, but it will NOT count against your Unemployment as income. 


 Where can employees apply for the Employee Assistance Grants?

Employees from impacted industries can apply for the grants by clicking the "apply" button on this page. Application submissions will only be accepted electronically through this process. You will be asked to create a log-in and password on the application website. If you cannot complete your application, you may log back in and complete the application before the deadline of 5:00 pm, January 25, 2021.


 About the Submittable Application Form:

  • You will need to create a free Submittable account or sign in with Google or Facebook credentials in order to submit these forms.
  • You can save a draft of your work if you would like to finish filling out the form at a later date. You must submit your application before the deadline of 5:00 p.m., January 25, 2021.
  • If anything changes with the information you submitted, please request to edit the submission.
  • The form works best on Google Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. Internet Explorer is not supported. Please make sure you are using a supported browser, and that the files are valid file types. You can find the acceptable file types under the "Choose File" button on the application.
  • We will follow-up with you about your submission by email. Please be sure to whitelist, or allow, notification emails from Submittable and check the email you used to sign up for your Submittable Account regularly.
  • Check out the Submitter Resource Center for help videos and articles or to reach out to Submittable's Customer Support team with any technical questions.

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