Grant Scheme for Outdoor Seating & Accessories for Tourism & Hospitality Businesses

Grant Scheme for Outdoor Seating & Accessories for Tourism & Hospitality Businesses

The focus of this scheme is to provide a level of financial support to tourism and hospitality businesses, in Kildare’s town centres, 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 is open to attractions, hotels, restaurants, cafes, public houses or other tourism and hospitality business establishments where food is produced on the premises and is sold for consumption on the premises. Sports Clubs such as Tennis, Football, Golf  etc. are deemed to be ineligible for this scheme because of their restrictive access and therefore cannot be considered.

Where a business wants to use public footpaths/space the business must apply for a Section 254 licence. 

The S254 application form and information about the licence is available at https://kildare.ie/countycouncil/Forms/Planning/   The Planning Department will accept applications by email or by post.  The application fee is being waived to support businesses while Covid 19 restrictions continue.

It should be noted that the sale of alcohol requires a separate licence.

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EXPANSION to Grant Scheme for Outdoor Seating & Accessories for Tourism & Hospitality Businesses

Extension to the Outdoor Seating Grant to include non-food serving pubs

Originally only available to hospitality establishments where food is produced and sold for consumption on the premises, this grant scheme is now open to include non-food serving pubs.

This extended scheme will now provide a level of financial support to attractions, hotels, restaurants, cafes, public houses or other establishments where food is produced and sold for consumption on the premises and now pubs (including non-food serving) to purchase or upgrade equipment to provide additional outdoor seating and, therefore, increase their outdoor capacity for the summer of 2021.  Funding under the scheme is only available to existing businesses.

Where a business wants to use public footpaths/space the business must apply for a Section 254 licence. 

The S254 application form and information about the licence is available at https://kildare.ie/countycouncil/Forms/Planning/   The Planning Department will accept applications by email or by post.  The application fee is being waived to support businesses while Covid 19 restrictions continue.

It should be noted that the sale of alcohol requires a separate licence.

To apply for the Extension to the  original Outdoor Seating & Accessories for Tourism & Hospitality Businesses, for pubs not in possession of a food licence all applicants must adhere to the following application process:

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