22nd April 2021

Outdoor Seating & Accessories grant scheme is open

Clare County Council, with Fáilte Ireland, has announce that the Outdoor Seating & Accessories for Tourism & Hospitality Business’ scheme is open for 2021 online applications, from 9am,  Thursday April 22, 2021.

Access applications here:

The purpose of this Scheme is to provide a level of financial support to tourism and hospitality businesses, in our 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.

All applicants will be required to comply with planning codes, legislative requirements, and other compliance requirements.  Commercial rates due in respect of premises have been paid for the period up to 31st December 2019 or a payment plan is in place with Clare County Council.  Street Furniture Licence fees will be waived this year to support the efforts of businesses to increase their seating capacity while enabling social distancing.  Street Furniture Guidance document attached.

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.

Items which are considered eligible for the scheme:

Electric heaters
Plant stands
Wooden Platform
Online applications will be accepted and can be made from 9am, Thursday, 22nd April 2021.  The Closing Date for submission of online applications is 5pm, 30th September 2021. Receipts submitted by 31st October 2021.


Outdoor Seating & Accessories for Tourism & Hospitality Business Scheme

General enquiries can be made by email to


Best of luck all !

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