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If you or someone you know works in the food and hospitality industry, make note that Michigan restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments are now able to apply for federal aid via the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.

“Restaurant owners and other food establishments have made incredible sacrifices over the past year to keep their communities safe and slow the spread of COVID-19,” Governor Gretchen Whitmer stated in a press release.

She added, “This vital relief will help ensure they can keep their doors open and continue to serve their communities while also ensuring their workers can stay employed entering the critical summer season.”

The application opens today (May 3) at noon.

Businesses are able to apply online at restaurants.sba.gov or through SBA-recognized Point of Sale, or POS, vendors.

According to the State of Michigan, for the first 21 days, the Small Business Association of Michigan will prioritize businesses owned and controlled by women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged people.

After the 21 days, funding will be given out on a first-come, first-served bases.

Eligible businesses are as follows: restaurants; food stands, food trucks, food carts; caterers; bars, saloons, lounges, taverns; brewpubs, tasting rooms, taprooms; breweries, wineries and distilleries; and bakeries.

For more information, head to sba.gov/restaurants.

Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for rock and metal, plus local music. She also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at erickson@WRIF.com and tweet at her @AnneErickson!