Hospitality Industry Resources

Thank you for visiting the Wilmington and Beaches Hospitality Industry Resources page, a one-stop place where employees and employers can find links to available COVID-19 assistance programs and other helpful resources. This page will be updated as new sources are identified.

Updated: 1/20/2021


Travel Industry Re-Opening and Safety Guidance

This PDF contains links to resources our industry can use to re-open safely.


EMPLOYEE Resources/Relief

Cape Fear Craft Beer Alliance Service Industry Workers Grocery Program 

Restaurant Worker’s Community Foundation/Southern Smoke Foundation

Children of Restaurant Employees

Restaurant Employee Relief Fund

UNITE HERE Education and Support Fund

Vacation Rental Housekeeper Relief Fund

DoorDash Financial Assistance Program for Dashers exposed to COVID-19

United States Artists Relief

One Fair Wage Emergency Fund

US Bartenders Guild Foundation – Bartender’s Emergency Assistance Program

New Hanover County Resources & Assistance page (food/supplies, mental health, and more)

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program

USDA Food & Nutrition Service - Meals for Kids program

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Get My Payment App

Hunger Free America Coronavirus Response Outreach & Relief

Facebook COVID-19 Travel Industry Groups: Tourism Emergency , Tourism COVID 19

Additional Resources by Zip Code

SHARE Cape Fear [Community engagement resource that offers simple ways for neighbors, nonprofits and businesses to come together and strengthen our local community.]

NC DCDEE Childcare Subsidy for children of essential workers: COVID-19 Parent Application for Financial Assistance for Emergency Childcare

COVID-19 Relief Funds for Artists & the Arts

NC Restaurant Workers Relief Fund

National Restaurant Assn. Restaurant Employee Relief Fund

NC Department of Commerce COVID-19 Information

NC Dept. of Commerce Employment Security Application Form

NC Dept. of Revenue Tax Relief

Filing for Unemployment Due to COVID-19

Filing for Unemployment Tip Sheet

Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) list of current companies with job openings across the state

US Dept. of Labor Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights

U.S. Department of Labor - Guidance on Paid Sick Leave and FMLA Requirements in the Families First Act


Business/Employer Resources

Global Association for the Attractions Industry

American Alliance for Museums

National Endowment for the Arts – Arts Organizations

DoorDash COVID-19 Merchant Resources

Federal Unemployment Assistance Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Tip Sheet  Beginning April 24, N.C. independent contractors and self-employed workers out of work because of COVID-19 can apply for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

National Endowment for the Humanities Emergency Funding to Cultural Institutions Affected by Coronavirus

US Chamber of Commerce Foundation Save Small Business Fund

US Chamber of Commerce Independent Contractors Guide to CARES Act Relief

Capital Associated Industries Coronavirus Updates for NC Employers

NC Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Briefings and Webinars for Businesses

NC Small Business Center Network

SCORE Cape Fear Region – Coronavirus Small Business Resource Hub

Cape Fear Community College Small Business Center offers free one-on-one confidential business counseling

Economic Development Partnership of N. C. – NC Business Relief Resources COVID-19

N.C. Center for Nonprofits – Nonprofit Pandemic Resources

N.C. Small Business Center Network COVID-19 Resources

Re-3 Grant Program: The Longleaf Foundation and Wilmington Downtown, Inc.
(New Re-3 grant program to help small businesses and local entrepreneurs in Downtown Wilmington affected by COVID--19; grants up to $3,000; open to any business in Downtown, Castle Street, Soda Pop District, Cargo District, and South Front (SoFo) District. WDI will accept applications until 4pm on Friday, April 17, 2020.)

Small Business & Technology Development Center – Overview of SBA Loans

U.S. Department of Treasury Assistance for Small Businesses

U.S. Department of Treasury - Small Business Paycheck Protection Program Overview

Small Business Association Paycheck Protection Program Loans

Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance

Small Business Guide to the CARES Act

CARES Act Summary for Restaurants

CARES Act Summary for Lodging   [scroll down to page 8]

Paycheck Protection Program v. Economic Injury Disaster Loan

SBA Loan Resources

Golden Leaf Foundation and NC Rural Center NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan Program

New Hanover County Disaster Coalition disaster recovery resources

US Dept. of Labor New Guidance on Unemployment Insurance Flexibilities during COVID-19 Outbreak

US Dept. of Labor Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employer Paid Leave Requirements

NC Dept. of Revenue Tax Relief

NC Restaurant and Lodging Association Coronavirus Resources for Hospitality Industry 
(This page includes links to multiple resources, including templates for Essential Employee Permit Letters for Employers for Restaurant and Hotel Workers)

Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Resources for Businesses

Visit NC Industry Resources

N.C. Department of Revenue - Expands Penalty Relief for Taxpayers Affected by COVID-19

U.S. Small Business Association Disaster Loan Assistance - COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application

N.C. Restaurant & Lodging Association FAQ on the Paycheck Protection Program

U.S. Travel Association COVID-19 CARES Act Relief Resources

Airbnb Super Host Relief Fund

Airbnb Supports Hosts


Other Industry Research & Helpful Resources

This PDF contains additional COVID-19 research and resources our travel partners may find helpful.

Be well, keep safe and stay tuned.