Answers to specific questions about the grant application process
Q: Who is eligible to apply for a grant?
A: All current employees can apply for a grant to help cover basic living assistance and immediate hardship needs. In addition to our current team, employees that were laid off directly as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic can also apply.
Q: If I am a current employee placed on unpaid leave, can I still apply for a grant?
A: Yes, please make sure to note this in your application.
Q: Who will review my application?
A: All grant request applications will be reviewed by a confidential committee consisting of Tao Group Hospitality employees and independent, unaffiliated members of our community.
Q: What criteria will be used to determine who receives a grant?
A: The committee will review each grant request using objective need-based criteria taking into account the specific facts and circumstances of each application. Please note that all applications will be processed in the order they are received by the committee. The committee may require follow-up information in order to complete the application process. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Q: If my grant application is approved, how will I receive relief funds?
A: Disbursements will be made by check, electronic transfer, or in such other methods as reasonably determined by the committee. Approved grantees will be called directly to coordinate the distribution of relief funds.
Q: Will my grant application remain anonymous?
A: Yes, outside of the internal committee members and certain employees supporting in an administrative function, your identity will remain anonymous.
Q: How long will the COVID-19 Employee Relief Fund remain active?
A: The COVID-19 Employee Relief Fund will remain active so long as funds exist and our team members and community are faced with hardship related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Q: May I apply more than once for a grant from the Relief Fund?
A: Yes, you may apply as needed.
Q: What if I am unable to complete the application on my own?
A: Employees who are facing accessibility issues or need assistance filling out an application should email firstname.lastname@example.org or ask a manager for support in submitting an application.