OUTDOOR DINING GRANT PROGRAM

As a result of the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and public health and safety restrictions on businesses, the City of New Orleans is creating an Outdoor Dining grant program to support New Orleans’ restaurant and bar industry to safely expand their outdoor dining options. The program, designed by the City of New Orleans, will be administered by the New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA).

The City of New Orleans is committing $100,000 for the initial round of Outdoor Dining grants, with 35% of all grant funds have been earmarked for businesses owned by people of color or women, in the first four weeks of the program.  Restaurants will be able to apply for $2,000 grants meant to assist in expanding their outdoor seating areas, including sidewalk cafés and off-street parking lot dining areas.  The City of New Orleans anticipates supporting approximately fifty restaurants through the grant program.

Restaurants and bars are the backbones of the New Orleans community and culture, and national trends suggest that half of all restaurants will not survive the pandemic.  The Outdoor Dining Grant Program will support restaurants and bars to invest in outdoor dining areas and enable them to expand their business operations.

This program is a part of Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s efforts to reimagine public spaces in order to support the City’s businesses. These efforts are designed to both ensure the safety of residents and workers and create a more vibrant streetscape.  The Outdoor Dining grant is the first part of a multiphase effort to expand dining options in public rights-of-way.

The City recognizes that these funds will only support a limited number of restaurants, and we will continue advocating for resources and work to support our restaurant and business community in every way we can.

* NOW OPEN TO BAR OWNERS *

QUICK FACTS

 

  • Grants of $2000 are available for Orleans Parish restaurants and bars.

  • Restaurants and bars must already have a sidewalk café permit or possess an off-street parking lot.

  • $100,000 has been allocated by the City of New Orleans to launch this initiative

  • 35% of all grant funds have been earmarked for businesses owned by people of color or women, in the first four weeks of the program.

  • Businesses will be required to document and report on their usage of the grant within 30 days of receipt.

ELIGIBILITY

Eligible restaurants and bars can receive $2000 in grant funds to support their outdoor dining capacity. To qualify for this grant, you must:

  • Be an Orleans Parish restaurant or bar in good standing with the State of Louisiana

  • Possess a sidewalk café permit from the City of New Orleans or possess an off-street parking lot.

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

 

Restaurant and bar owners must be prepared to provide copies or evidence of:

  • A Sidewalk Café Permit from the City of New Orleans OR possession of an off-street parking lot

  • A statement about your intended use of the grant funds

  • A site plan for your outdoor dining area

  • A brief budget

  • W-9

 

Within 30 days of receiving an Outdoor Dining grant, you must provide receipts for expenditures funded by the grant, as well as images of your outdoor dining area.