A multi-million euro fund to help businesses serving food to pay for more outdoor seating will be announced today.
Minister for Tourism, Catherine Martin,along with Fáilte Ireland, will announce the establishment of a €17 million fund where businesses serving food can apply for funding to help pay for outdoor eating. Grants would average around €4,000 for each premises, and can cover expenses incurred since April 2020.
Local authorities will also be able to apply for funding to develop permanent public dining spaces in specially zoned streets in cities and towns to facilitate weather-proofing for all-year round outdoor dining – such as wind-breakers, outdoor heaters and parasols. Each local authority can apply for funding of up to €200,000, and additional funding may be made available subject to the economic value of the proposals.