Fredericksburg rolls out grant program for outdoor dining
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 will allow restaurants in the City of Fredericksburg to apply for grants of up to $2,000 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.
The City of Fredericksburg also plans to convert a number of two-hour parking spaces in the downtown commercial district to 15-minute spaces for curbside pickup. More details on this program will be rolled out in the coming weeks.