Individual tourism and hospitality businesses can avail of the new €17m Outdoor Dining Scheme in partnership with local authorities. The Outdoor Dining Enhancement Scheme will be delivered in partnership between Fáilte Ireland and Local Authorities across the country.
The focus of this scheme is to provide a level of financial support to tourism and hospitality businesses, to purchase or upgrade equipment to provide additional outdoor seating and, therefore, increase their outdoor dining capacity for the summer of 2021.
This scheme will financially assist and support independent tourism and hospitality business owners to create outdoor dining experiences in a regulated and accessible manner. Funding under the scheme is only available to existing businesses.
The scheme will be open from the 12/4/2021 for applications.
As of 14th June 2021, the scheme has been extended to include non-food serving Pubs.
NOTIFICATION RE CHANGE TO DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: Strand A of the Weather Proofing and Outdoor Dining scheme
Following a number of queries received by Fáilte Ireland from local authorities in relation to delays in deliveries, Fáilte Ireland have agreed the following:
Louth County Council is making an addendum to the guidelines for The Outdoor Seating and Accessories for Tourism and Hospitality Business. In recognition of the global demand for outdoor seating and accessories in some instances suppliers are unable to complete orders until January 2022. In these ‘exceptional circumstances’ applicants can still apply under the scheme and will receive their grants once goods are delivered and they can provide proof of deliver and in-situ.
Applicants need to apply for the scheme prior to the closing date (8th October 2021) enclosing the quotes for goods, delivery dates from the suppliers and will still need to be compliant with all regulatory and planning requirements.
Please note the closing date has been extended to the 8th October 2021.