The Ministry of Finance (MoF) has received close to 30,000 applications for the Salary Relief Grant (SRG) in just 12 days.
Yesterday evening the Minister of Finance Colm Imbert gave an update, via Twitter, on the applications as the process ended on May 31.
Applications were opened on May 18 via a portal set by the Ministry of Finance.
The Minister said, “As of May 31, 2021, we have a total of 18,747 Salary Relief Grant applications submitted to the MoF, with a further 11,183 applications in progress; a total of 29,930 active SRG applications in 12 days.”
He added, “The bulk of the applications are in the Food, Restaurant and Retail Sectors.”
According to a graph released by the minister, over 15,000 people from the food and restaurant sector applied for grants, while over 13,000 from the retail sector sent in applications.
The others who are seeking assistance are employees who worked at casinos/members clubs, the beauty industry, bars and pre-school/daycares among others.
The Salary Relief Grant offers $1,500 for those who lost their jobs or source of income from May 1 and a $1,000 grant for those who suffered a similar fate from May 8.
On May 10, the Finance Minister revealed details of the Salary Relief Grant to help cushion the financial blow to those most affected after the Prime Minister announced several restrictive measures and closures meant to curb the spread of COVID-19.
In 2020, grants were given to people who lost employment and income, after the first wave of COVID cases in the country.