$500 available for hospitality workers harmed by pandemic

The one-time funds are open to the first 5,000 people who apply.

The State of Michigan has launched a program to provide a one-time payment of $500 to hospitality workers who lost their job or were furloughed during the coronavirus pandemic.

The $2.5 million grant from the state will cover just 5,000 people. Once that has been allocated, the application will close.

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The application opens Tuesday at 8am.

The Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association, which is administering the funds, said more than 300,000 people lost work temporarily or permanently since the pandemic began six months ago.

You can fill out the application and read more here.

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