The Memphis Urban League (MUL) has opened applications for $1,000 grants to restaurant and hotel workers financially impacted by COVID-19.

Earlier this year, Shelby County Government awarded $2,500,000 to the Memphis Urban League to support local restaurant and hotel workers impacted by the fight against COVID-19. The relief benefit is a one-time disbursement.

Tonja Sesley Baymon (Courtesy photo)

“The Memphis Urban League is appreciative of Mayor Lee Harris and the Shelby County Commission for providing grant funds to empower and provide economic relief our county’s restaurant and hotel workers amid the pandemic,” said Tonja Sesley Baymon, president/CEO of the Memphis Urban League.

“The Urban League has always stood ready to support our community in challenging times, and we are humbled by this opportunity to serve our County.”

Shelby County Commission Chairman Eddie S. Jones (Courtesy photo)

Shelby County Commission Chairman Eddie S. Jones said the goal is for the MUL program to “help as many of our local workers as possible to recapture loss income. This group of essential workers have endured unbelievable financial hardship and played an important role in helping to keep our community safe. …

“Shelby County residents have highlighted the importance of supporting our local restaurant and hospitality workers. They have organized and rallied in support of these workers. We have listened and tried to answer the call.”

Applicants must reside and work in Shelby County, be 18 or older and be a restaurant or hotel worker directly financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic from October 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

Grant applications remain open until April 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm.

Qualified applicants can apply at www.memul.org. Grant funds will be disbursed via direct deposit until all funds have been exhausted.