What is the FRLA hospitality cares fund?

The FRLA Hospitality Cares Fund is an initiative of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Educational Foundation.  This initiative strives to provide economic support to Florida’s restaurants[1] and lodging establishments[2] and their employees who have suffered economically from the impact of Hurricane Ian. The FRLA Hospitality Cares Fund provides immediate financial support in the form of grants valued at up to $20,000 per restaurant or lodging location. At a minimum, 50% of the support provided must be earmarked to support employees in financial need.

For the absence of doubt, a restaurant or lodging establishment is defined as a restaurant[1] or lodging establishment[2] 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. Restaurant and lodging chains do qualify for this grant. Only one application is required for all multi-unit operators. 


[1] Defined as any eating place maintained by a facility certified or licensed and regulated under 381.0072 as defined in 509.013(5). Florida Statutes.
[2] Defined as a lodging establishment licensed as a hotel, motel or bed and breakfast as defined in 509.242. Florida Statutes.