Good news for the hospitality sector as Government announces a €17m Outdoor Dining Enhancement Scheme.

Updated 16 April 2021

The Outdoor Dining Enhancement Scheme comprises two parts and will be delivered in partnership between Fáilte Ireland and Local Authorities across the country.

  • Part One of the Scheme will provide funding for individual tourism and hospitality businesses to develop and increase their own outdoor seating capacity. Applications for this scheme are available via your local county council and opened on April 16 2021. Examples as follows:
  • Funding allocated under Part Two will enable Local Authorities to develop permanent outdoor public dining spaces in towns and urban centres, similar to those that exist in various European cities.

Who can apply?

The Outdoor Dining Enhancement 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. The premises must have no commercial rates outstanding or have a payment plan in place.

Local authorities can also apply for funding to develop permanent outdoor dining infrastructure.

Grant Amount

The scheme will provide for up to 75% of the ex-VAT cost of equipment purchased/installed with a maximum allowable contribution of up to €4,000 per applicant.

How to apply

Managed by Fáilte Ireland, grants will average around €4,000 for each premises and can cover expenses incurred since April 2020. Contact your local authority for further details.

Examples as follows:

Key Dates

The scheme opens for applications April 16th 2021 and applications must be submitted online on or before September 30th 2021.

Further Reading

Outdoor Dining Enhancement Scheme Best Practice Guidelines

31/03/2021: Minister Martin and Fáilte Ireland announce new Outdoor Dining Scheme  with Local Authorities

If you have any questions on this scheme or any aspect of business supports or business continuity, contact Jamie O’Hanlon and team at Avid Partners at or call 0818 303087.

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