HOLLAND – Applications were made on Friday for the one-time government assistance program for restaurant, entertainment and lodging workers who were laid off, on vacation or lost wages for the closure of businesses in these sectors on November 18.

The Community Foundation of Region Holland / Zeeland, the Herrick District Library and the Howard Miller Public Library offer assistance to affected workers who wish to apply for grants of up to USD 1,650 per person.

The state of Michigan offers employee support grants totaling $ 45 million. The aid program was created within the framework of the COVID-19 Aid Act passed by the state parliament in December.

Eligible for financial assistance are hospitality, entertainment, recreation, lodging, food, or fitness / fitness workers who have lost their jobs, been on vacation, or had fewer hours due to the collecting and face of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ Mask Order , which went into effect on November 18 – which closed personal service in restaurants and bars and closed most entertainment venues.

Interested parties have until January 25 at 5:00 p.m. to do so. Applications are processed in February and funds are distributed in March.

Residents of the Holland region can get help applying for grants during the assistance sessions in the libraries in Holland and Zeeland.

A website has been set up for residents of the Holland / Zeeland region with information in Spanish and English where they can learn more about the grants and how to apply.

“These employee support grants are an important resource for local residents who are hardest hit by the impact of COVID-19 and subsequent employment changes,” said Mike Goorhouse, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of the Holland / Zeeland Area, in a press release.

“With a tight application window, it’s important that we help get the word out quickly and make it as easy as possible for our neighbors who need access to this financial support.”

To apply, from November 1 to 18, 2020, employees will need proof of employment in the form of a pay slip or an employer’s letter stating that the individual’s employment was affected as a direct result of the state order of November 18.

The Herrick District Library, 300 S. River Ave., Holland, offers computer and staff assistance to assist residents with application at the following times:

January 18-20: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
January 21-22: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
January 23: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
January 25: 9 am-5pm

The Howard Miller Public Library, 14 S. Church St., Zeeland, offers computer and staff support to help residents apply at the following times:

January 18-22: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
January 25: 9 am-5pm

– Contact reporter Carolyn Muyskens at cmuyskens@hollandsentinel.com and follow her on Twitter at @cjmuyskens.