Hospitality workers can receive one-time grants to help with their bills

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Hospitality workers can receive financial help through the Welcome to Memphis COVID-19 Fund.

Starting today, 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.

The grants are funded by the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund, hosted by the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis (CFGM).

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The application will be available until 6 p.m. on April 6.

The grants will be $300 and are limited.

“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.”

All eligible applicants include hourly employees of hotels, restaurants, bars, tourist attractions, convention services and tour operators in the Memphis area.

“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.”

Musicians, artists, and entertainers are encouraged to go to the ArtsMemphis website.

Artist Emergency Fund has made individual grants available and will accept applications for those whose work has been impacted by the pandemic.