Committee of 100, county announce grants that would help restaurants offer outside seating in cold 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 to independent 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. 

New Castle County is funding the program with the Committee of 100 administering the grants.

The Committee of 100 monitors the proposals and actions of government bodies and agencies and actively participates in task forces, forums, hearings, and committees to address issues.

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

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