The FRLA Disaster Relief Fund is an initiative of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association Educational Foundation. This initiative strives to provide economic relief for Florida’s independent restaurants, independent lodging establishments, and employees of these organizations who are financially needy or distressed from the impact of Hurricane Ian.
The FRLA Disaster Relief Fund provides immediate financial support in the form of grants valued at up to $10,000 per independently owned restaurant or lodging location. A minimum of 1/3 (33%) of the support provided must be earmarked to support employees in financial need.
For the absence of doubt, an independent restaurant or lodging establishment is defined as a restaurant or lodging establishments owned by a corporation, limited liability partnership, general partnerships, or sole proprietorship. Franchisees of national chains are eligible, but only if the owner owns no more than three (3) franchised locations. Independent restaurant and lodging chains do qualify for this grant. Only one application is required for all multi-unit operators.
Through the FRLA Educational Foundation (FRLAEF), funds will be distributed as they become available in response to complete grant applications on a first-come, first-served basis. Membership in the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) has no bearing on selection. Grants will be awarded to help restaurants and lodging establishments to recover, repair, and re-open and to support employees who are financially needy or distressed from the impacts of the storm.