Fingal County Council is encouraging the local hospitality sector to apply for funding under Fáilte Ireland’s new Outdoor Dining Enhancement Investment Scheme aimed at assisting the sector increase their outdoor dining capacity.
The local authority says that grants of up to €4,000 are available under the scheme to facilitate?greater capacity in?outdoor dining.
The funds can be used ?by to?upgrade and enhance venues and public spaces and implement weather-proofing solutions to facilitate year-round outdoor dining.
Individual tourism and hospitality businesses where food is sold for consumption on the premises including hotels, attractions, cafes, restaurants and pubs are invited to apply for funding.
Costs for outdoor tables, chairs, umbrellas, electric heaters, screens, wind breaks, plant stands and wooden platforms will be covered under the scheme.
Expenditure must be incurred between April 1 2020 and September 30 2021.
Mayor of Fingal councillor David Healy said: “This is a very welcome initiative to support the local tourism and hospitality sector which has been so badly affected during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Upgrading and improving spaces to provide for outdoor dining will play a significant part in allowing businesses to provide the necessary facilities to reopen in compliance with public health guidelines.
“I very much welcome the launch of this scheme and I look forward to seeing local business submit their applications for funding to facilitate this work which will allow them reopen with confidence.”
To apply for the scheme, please visit: www.fingal.ie/outdoordining.