Committee of 100 declares grants that will assist eating places provide exterior seating in chilly months


The Committee of 100 and New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer announced The Winter Ready Restaurant Grant Program earlier this week.

The program is open toindependent locally-owned restaurants, as well as Delaware-based franchises, that have a permit for outdoor space, whether it is for a temporary parklet, sidewalk cafe, or permanent, private patio.

Up to $5,000 can be requested to cover the costs of winterization, including tents, awnings, heaters, propane, lighting, and furniture.

Applicants must meet New Castle County Land Use or codes for municipalities.

Restaurants in Delaware have been able to expand outdoor seating with the state encouraging counties and municipalities to offer more flexibility in their codes and rulings.

Wilmington and Newark have closed off portions of streets at certain times of the week to allow more seating.

But with cold weather approaching, restaurants are looking for ways to live with restrictions that include tables being six-feet or more apart.

The grants, for amounts up to $5,000 can be used the purchase of heaters, tents, chairs, tables, and other items to help restaurateurs prepare for cold-weather months.The application process is now open.

Restaurants can apply HERE

Frequently asked questions can be found HERE

Restaurants can Email information

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