Help available for hospitality workers, musicians

By , Daily Memphian Updated: April 06, 2020 4:52 PM CT | Published: April 01, 2020 10:53 AM CT

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 application will be available until 6 p.m. April 6. The week of April 6, Welcome to Memphis will start awarding one-time grants of $300 each. There are a limited number of grants available, depending on the amount of money available.

Businesses and corporations can support this effort by donating to the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis.

Eligible applicants include hourly employees of hotels, restaurants, bars, tourist attractions, convention services and tour operations in the Memphis area. Recipients will be chosen through a lottery-style system after the application deadline closes.

Applicants will need to provide their name, contact information, employer and employer contact information and these items:

  • Proof of work such as a pay stub or W2
  • A government issued ID
  • Proof of termination.

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.

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Jennifer Biggs

Jennifer Biggs

Jennifer Biggs is a native Memphian and veteran food writer and journalist who covers all things food, dining and spirits related for The Daily Memphian.


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