Information for hospitality workers affected by Coronavirus
Posted by. Joseph Simon on Monday, March 23, 2020 at 3:42 PM
The Greater New Orleans Foundation Launches the Louisiana Service and Hospitality Family Assistance Program with Support from the Gayle Benson Community Assistance Fund, McIlhenny Company and the Louisiana Restaurant Association
New Orleans, LA – Today, The Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF) launched the Louisiana Service and Hospitality Family Assistance Program, an initiative to support negatively impacted Louisiana service and hospitality workers who are supporting their dependent children and elderly parents and need help to continue meeting their basic needs during the coronavirus pandemic.
The program is the first initiative to launch with resources contributed by Mrs. Gayle Benson through the Gayle Benson Community Assistance Fund at GNOF. Five hundred thousand dollars from the Gayle Benson Community Assistance Fund and $100,000 in newly contributed money from McIlhenny Company, maker of Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce, will be the catalysts to kick this program off with an initial $600,000 in funding. This program is launched in partnership with the Louisiana Restaurant Association which will be promoting the initiative alongside its ongoing advocacy for the region’s restaurants and workers.
To support this program’s expansion, please donate to the Gayle Benson Community Assistance Fund at the Greater New Orleans Foundation by visiting www.gnof.org/benson.
The program will award grants of up to $1,000 to support service and hospitality industry employees who are primary caregivers for dependent children and elderly parents.
To qualify, individuals applying must also:
Have earned below 80 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) prior to the COVID-19 pandemic
Worked more than 32 hours per week in restaurants, bars, or hotels in the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s 13-parish region prior to March 9, 2020
To apply for an award, visit GNOF's online grants portal at www.gnof.org/grants. The application portal will open at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Applications will be available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese online only. Applications will be reviewed within 10 days and successful awards will be disbursed within 14 days.
Applicant must submit:
Electronic copy of your driver’s license or other government-issued ID
Pay stubs for most recent 30 days
Copy of your most recent 2018 or 2019 federal tax form
This article was last updated at 3:42 PM on Monday, March 23, 2020 by Joseph Simon