New CARES Act Grant Ready To Assist Memphis Hospitality Professionals

MEMPHIS, TN (November 17, 2020) – A fresh infusion of funds is allowing Welcome to Memphis to offer increased financial assistance to Memphis area hospitality professionals affected by the pandemic economy. Through the Welcome to Memphis COVID-19 Fund, Welcome to Memphis has issued more than 1,200 one-time grants of $300 during the past six months, and is now able to offer additional grants to approximately 500 qualified hospitality professionals, thanks to a partnership with the City of Memphis to distribute CARES Act funding.

Applications are currently available online at the Welcome to Memphis website. Eligible applicants are hourly employees in the Memphis area hospitality industry who have been terminated or furloughed due to COVID-19, including employees of hotels, restaurants and bars, tourist attractions, convention services, and tour operations. Hospitality professionals who are currently employed but have been furloughed or laid off due to COVID-19 at some point in 2020 are also eligible. 

Applicants will need to provide their name, contact information, employer and employer contact information, proof of work such as a pay stub or W2, a government issued ID, and proof of termination. 

The one-time grants of $300 each will be awarded to qualified applicants on a first-come, first-serve basis. Welcome to Memphis will distribute grants as long as funding lasts. Grant money will be distributed via PayPal, Venmo, or direct deposit. 

“We are grateful to the City of Memphis and to the generosity of many individual donors for making an increased number of grants possible,” said Mary Schmitz, Executive Director at Welcome to Memphis. “We are still taking new applications. We recognize the ongoing economic challenges faced especially by our local hospitality community, and it is our hope that the Welcome to Memphis COVID-19 Fund will make a positive difference for hourly hospitality employees as they wait for their jobs to return to normal.”

Employees outside the hospitality profession seeking financial relief are encouraged to call 211.

Welcome to Memphis trains hospitality employees to know about Memphis, offers customer service skills training, and recognizes individuals for a job well done. Learn more about Welcome to Memphis on their website.

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