In response to economic fallout resulting from the coronavirus crisis, Welcome to Memphis is disseminating financial assistance to Memphis area hospitality professionals affected by the pandemic through the Welcome to Memphis COVID-19 Fund. Starting Wednesday, April 1, hourly workers in the hospitality industry who have been terminated due to the COVID-19 crisis may apply for a one-time grant online at the Welcome to Memphis website. These grants are funded by the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund, hosted by the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis (CFGM).
The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis has set up a SEPARATE fund specifically for the Memphis hospitality industry. See details below
The application will be available until 6:00 p.m., Monday, April 6. The week of April 6, Welcome to Memphis will start awarding one-time grants of $300 each. There will be a limited number of grants depending on the amount of money available.
“In this time of great uncertainty, the Welcome to Memphis COVID-19 Fund will make a positive difference for employees in the hospitality industry as they wait for their jobs to return to normal,” said Deni Reilly, proprietor of The Majestic Grille and Welcome to Memphis Board Chair. “We are so pleased to be able to offer this assistance.”
Eligible applicants include hourly employees of hotels, restaurants, bars, tourist attractions, convention services, and tour operations in the Memphis area. 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. Recipients will be chosen through a lottery-style system after the application deadline closes.
“Our hearts go out to all our ‘Memphis Insiders’ who need this assistance,” said Mary Schmitz, Executive Director at Welcome to Memphis. “The Welcome to Memphis fund is limited. We are using a random system so that everyone who applies during this upcoming week, will have the same opportunity to have their name drawn for one of the individual grants.”
Welcome to Memphis, a subsidiary of Memphis Tourism, is a partner recipient of the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis (CFGM). The Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund provides flexible funding to organizations serving community members who have been impacted by novel coronavirus and the economic consequences of the pandemic. Businesses and corporations who wish to support this effort should contact the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis.
“Our hospitality service workforce delivers our Memphis brand, and we know and interact with them regularly.” commented Kevin Kane, President and CEO of Memphis Tourism, which is the parent organization of Welcome to Memphis. “We are very grateful to the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis for their efforts in getting some relief to our workers.”
Musicians, artists, and entertainers are encouraged to go to the ArtsMemphis website. Their Artist Emergency Fund is making individual grants available and is accepting applications for those whose work is impacted by the pandemic.
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.
People can donate here at the Community Foundation’s special Hospitality Resource Fund site.