In March 2020, the NC Restaurant & Lodging Association (NCRLA) Foundation created the NC Restaurant Workers Relief Fund to address the devastating and immediate effects on our industry’s workforce due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, over $1.5 million has been donated to support this relief effort, and close to 3,000 grants were administered to those in need. Thank you to all who helped and continue to help make a difference for communities across North Carolina.
As we continue to see the need to support the workers in our industry, the NCRLA Foundation has transitioned the emergency fund to expand opportunities to administer relief for a variety of emergencies, not limited to COVID-19 impacts. The fund will now operate under the updated name of NC Hospitality Workers Relief Fund.
To be eligible for assistance, the owner/operator/manager of the hospitality business must submit the request on behalf of the employee in need. Applications may not be submitted by the employee themselves.