Outdoor Dining Grant FAQs
Do I qualify for an Outdoor Dining grant?
To qualify for a relief grant, your business must:
Be a restaurant or bar located in Orleans Parish
Have a Parklet Permit from the City of New Orleans (Reference) (Businesses may apply for the grant if their permit application is in-process, but grants will not be disbursed until the permit has been approved.)
What are the eligible expenses for Outdoor Dining grants?
You may use Outdoor Dining grants funds on a range of expenses associated with a parklet or curbside dining area. These expenses could include:
Planning and/or design costs associated with construction of an outdoor dining space
Construction materials used in the building and deployment of an outdoor dining space
Purchase or rental of tables and/or chairs for outdoor dining use
Purchase or rental of barricades, planter boxes, or similar barriers used to demarcate an outdoor dining space
Purchase or rental of tents and/or shade structures
Purchase of PPE and/or cleaning supplies
Insurance for the outdoor dining area
Disposable materials to be used in outdoor dining
Technology to support cashless transactions within the outdoor dining space
Signage and/or advertising to promote outdoor dining options
Other amenities or materials for the outdoor dining area
How do I apply for an Outdoor Dining grant?
You can apply for an Outdoor Dining grant through this website. Click ‘Apply’ and you’ll be provided with a brief form requesting information about you, your business, and your plans for employment history, and your income. Please note you’ll be required to provide copies of:
Business and owner information
A narrative about your planned use of funds.
A site plan for your planned parklet
What size are the grants?
All grants being offered through this fund are $2,000.
What should be included in my budget?
Your budget should include all anticipated expenditures that will leverage these grant funds. Expenses should total $2000. A template for your budget can be found here.
Can I apply for more than one relief grant?
No, only one Outdoor Dining grant is permitted per restaurant or bar in each phase of the program or for each type of permit (i.e. a sidewalk café permit and a parklet permit).
Can I use the Outdoor Dining grant to support other business expenses?
No, the Outdoor Dining grant can only be used by a restaurant to invest in a parklet or curbside dining.
What should my site plan look like? What should it include?
Your site plan should include a clear layout of your outdoor dining plans, including clearly marked size and spacing of all elements. It should also include exact length and dimensions of the parking lane in front of the business and a seating plan showing the distance between tables and chairs that meets the requirements of the Louisiana Fire Marshal.
I’m lacking some of the required documents, what should I do?
Please send an email to Courtney () so we can determine the best path forward.
What other resources are available to support outdoor dining?
Currently, the Main Street Recovery Program (here) is providing grants to businesses, and many of the expenses associated with outdoor dining are eligible under this program.
I heard there will be future phases of this program. If I receive a grant in Phase I, am I eligible to receive grants in future phases?
Yes, if you receive a grant in this first phase of the Outdoor Dining Program, you are still eligible to receive grants through future phases of this program, which may have different funding amounts, focus areas, and criteria for eligibility.
I’m not an Orleans Parish business, do I qualify?
Unfortunately, no. This program is being offered by the City of New Orleans to explicitly support Orleans Parish restaurants.
Can I turn in hard copies of my documents?
No, we will not be able to accept hard copies of documents. All documents must be submitted through the online application.
Am I able to use this grant to receive reimbursement for purchases I’ve already made?
No, this grant is meant to cover new expenses that will allow you to initiate or expand outdoor dining capacity at your restaurant.
Are bars allowed to apply?
No, this program is strictly for restaurants, with the exception of bars that hold an AR-Conditional permit from the State of Louisiana.
I’m receiving a notification that my file size is too big, what should I do?
Please email Courtney () for support.
Am I able to make adjustments to my site plan or proposed budget after receiving the grant?
Yes, we are aware that plans may change after your grants funds are received. Please reflect all changes within your mandatory 30-day expenditure report.
I do not have a Parklet Permit can I still apply?
No, this program is only for restaurants who already have a Parklet Permit or those actively pursuing their permit. Future phases of the program may include expanded eligibility for restaurants.
If I received a grant in Phase I, am I eligible to receive a grant in Phase II?
Yes, if you received a grant in the first phase of the Outdoor Dining Program, you are eligible to receive a grant funding in the second phase of this program.