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 sold for consumption on the premises.
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://www.localenterprise.ie/Kildare/Enterprise-Development/Outdoor-Seating-Accessories-Grant/. 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