Fingal County Council is encouraging local hospitality and tourism providers to apply for grant funding under Fáilte Ireland’s new Outdoor Dining Enhancement Investment Scheme aimed at assisting the sector increase their outdoor dining capacity.
Grants of up to €4,000 are available under the Outdoor Dining Enhancement & Accessories for Tourism & Hospitality Business strand of the Scheme to facilitate greater capacity in outdoor dining by supporting hospitality businesses with upgrading and enhancing venues and public spaces and implementing 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.
Its aim is to expand on the work carried out by local authorities last year in supporting businesses and will support individual independent hospitality and tourism businesses towards the cost of equipment to provide additional outdoor enhancement and facilitate these businesses to increase their outdoor dining capacity for the summer of 2021.
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.
Applications can now be made via www.fingal.ie/outdoordining.
This investment scheme is being delivered under the Fáilte Ireland ‘Opening the Outdoors’ strategic pillar which aims to capitalise our outdoor assets and re-imagine our urban spaces.
Mayor of Fingal Cllr 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.”
Chief Executive AnnMarie Farrelly said: “Fingal County Council is delighted to be working with Fáilte Ireland on this scheme which will support the hospitality and tourism sectors as they begin to re-open following the most recent period of closure. Fingal County Council, along with local authorities across the country, has been playing a major role in supporting businesses over the past 12 months.
“I am very conscious of the difficulties businesses across the county have faced and this scheme, which will enable the sector increase their dining and seating capacity, is another important initiative in allowing them to reopen in a safe manner.”
Director of Economic, Enterprise, Tourism and Cultural Development Emer O’Gorman said: “Funding provided under this scheme will play a significant part in providing a safe dining experience for people to enjoy once the sector is allowed reopen in line with public health advice. I would encourage eligible businesses to make their applications via the online portal that is now open.”
For further details on the scheme, visit www.fingal.ie/outdoordining