The City of Fredericksburg continues to offer a grant program to help restaurants purchase items needed to extend their outdoor dining season this year.

Due to COVID-19, restaurants have capacity limits, and many customers feel more comfortable dining outside. Many restaurants have responded by expanding their outdoor dining areas, and many have been looking for ways to extend the season as the weather turns colder.

The new program allows restaurants in the City of Fredericksburg to apply for grants of up to $2,500 each to help purchase equipment needed to extend the outdoor dining season, principally heaters. All heating devices must be approved by the City Fire Marshal’s Office and subsequently purchased by the restaurant before any grant funds will be disbursed.

The $50,000 grant program is funded by a portion of the City’s CARES Act allocation. Grants will be made on a first-come, first-served basis until the funds are gone.

Click here for more information about the program and the application.