HOTELS, CAFES, RESTAURANTS and attractions where food is sold will be able to apply for outdoor dining grants of up to €4,000 to help facilitate an ‘outdoor summer’ this year.
Minister for Tourism Catherine Martin and Fáilte Ireland announced details of a new €17 million scheme which will be needed to help businesses transform their outdoor dining capacity.
The outdoor dining enhancement scheme will be run by Fáilte Ireland and local authorities around the country.
Part one will be available to individual tourism and hospitality businesses including cafes, hotels, restaurants and attractions where food is sold for consumption on the premises.
Secondly to enable a long-term strategy for local authorities to develop appropriate permanent weatherproofed outdoor dining infrastructure. The aim is to support jobs and businesses and to transform appropriate outdoor spaces within our cities and towns as welcoming, vibrant places that will help support economic recovery.
Local Authorities are looking forward to administering this Scheme for individual businesses, as well as delivering year-round all-weather outdoor seating options to boost the appeal and attractiveness of our cities and towns.
Following the success of the Street Furniture Grant Scheme, implemented by some Local Authorities in 2020, we look forward to creating outdoor dining experiences around the country that not only benefit locals, but are also attractive to domestic and overseas visitors when the sector re-opens.
Developing outdoor infrastructure is a key element of answering the consumer demand for more flexible dining options.
“We will publish further details of the scheme as they are announced.”