Outdoor Seating Business Grants Open

Loudoun restaurants and beverage establishments are encouraged to apply for a grant that can help keep their customers comfortable in the forthcoming winter months, as outdoor seating continues to be the more attractive option in the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new Loudoun Is Ready Outdoor Seating Grant program, which opened at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24, was designed to provide up to $5,000 in funding to approximately 50 businesses. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and the application window will close once it becomes apparent that the funds have been awarded. The grants are intended to offset the costs associated with outdoor seating, including tents, heating systems and heating fuel. Businesses can be reimbursed for previous purchases since March 1, or the grants can pay on invoice for orders businesses make.

The Board of Supervisors allocated $250,000 of CARES Act funding for the grants.

Businesses are encouraged to apply that can demonstrate the following:

  1. That they are a for-profit business operating a restaurant, winery, brewery, distillery or tasting room that is located in Loudoun County;
  2. That they are permitted or approved for outdoor seating, and have incurred costs since March 1, for a tent, heater and/or ongoing expenses such as heater fuel;
  3. That they have not received funding for similar expenses from any of the incorporated towns in Loudoun.

To learn more about the Loudoun County outdoor seating grants or apply, go to LoudounBusinessFund.org.

4 thoughts on “Outdoor Seating Business Grants Open

  • 2020-11-24 at 6:10 pm

    I’m sorry, but these tents are Covid incubators! All that heat pushing in and no vents or fans (at least in the ones I’ve checked out). I appreciate their wanting to do business but giving grant money to these things is fanning the flames. If they DO have circulation approved by CDC or Health Dept the paper should cover this, and keep the public informed. Even with ventilation, these do not appear to be any better than sitting inside. I have seen quite a few packed to the seams!

  • 2020-11-25 at 11:05 am

    You have it perfectly correct Hunter: There is no difference between these tents and sitting inside. That’s not what this is about. It’s about zero credibility “experts” and local government making things hard on small business owners. It’s about conditioning and control.

    In the words of, elected by nobody, Saint Antony Fauci,”do what you are told.” Don’t believe your own observations or your own eyes — just do what you’re told. See how easy that is?

    • 2020-11-25 at 8:10 pm

      Chris, I think you have underestimated how smart this virus actually is. It only attacks you when you are walking through a restaurant, not when you are sitting at your table or eating. It will also only attack you if you are inside a restaurant as it knows the difference between drywall and the canvas or plastic used for “outdoor” seating. This is the smartest virus that we have ever faced- it has continually outsmarted ‘Rona Czar, Dr. Fauci and has made him look silly. I can’t wait until the virus gets tired of toying with us, probably right after we’ve been locked down and forced to get vaccine shots. 🙂

      • 2020-11-27 at 12:25 pm

        You’re right John! I’ve been constantly amazed at the bugs ability to tell time.

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