The aim of the Outdoor Seating and Accessories scheme is to provide support to individual independent hospitality and tourism businesses towards the cost of equipment to provide additional outdoor seating and facilitate these individual independent businesses to increase their outdoor dining capacity for summer of 2021.

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Applicants can apply for a grant of up to €4,000 (for up to 75% of the ex-VAT cost of equipment purchased) to assist in expenses incurred between 1 April 2020 and 30 September 2021. Applications are to be made directly to your Local Authority who will approve applicants on submission of receipts and photography of furniture in situ. The following is a list of eligible expenditure:

  • Outdoor tables
  • Outdoor chairs
  • Umbrellas
  • Electric heaters
  • Screens/windbreaks
  • Outdoor plant stands

Local Authorities will administer the scheme through their respective internal processes. Each Local Authority has the right to use their discretion in regard to their process and the development of appropriate terms and conditions that are appropriate for their respective streetscapes, businesses etc. Applications are
open on Local Authorities website since the 12th of April and close on the 30th of September 2021.

All applicants will be required to comply with planning codes, legislative requirements and other compliance requirements. This includes an outdoor dining permit, available through your Local Authority which must be applied for before you are eligible for this grant. For full details, please visit your Local Authority (council) website.

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