Details Announced for Ready for Winter Grant Program
Grant to help businesses sustain outdoor dining through the upcoming winter
INDIANAPOLIS – Today, the City of Indianapolis and Visit Indy announced the launch date for the Ready for Winter grant program, a $1 million reimbursement plan for local businesses to enable outdoor dining in the coming winter months. The program was first announced earlier this month. along with the $11 million Hospitality Establishment Lifeline Payment (HELP) grant program for local restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues.
The City has allocated $1 million for establishments affected by COVID-19 public health orders to be reimbursed up to $2,500 for expenses related to winter preparedness during the pandemic. This includes, but is not limited to, the purchase of heaters, outdoor seating capacity, canopies, or other necessary PPE. The application for reimbursement opens October 30 at response.visitindy.com/winter and will be available until November 20
“Outdoor seating continues to be the safest route for restaurants, bars, and venues,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett. “We want to help establishments make any adjustments they can to keep this practice going, and I encourage businesses owners to visit the site in advance of the application process to ensure they are fully prepared to take advantage of these funds.”
“Continued financial support is critical for our hospitality businesses to get through this pandemic—and the health of the hospitality industry is critical for the health of our economy,” said Leonard Hoops, president and CEO of Visit Indy. “Our thanks to the City of Indianapolis for their partnership in this effort. We encourage our fellow residents to continue safely supporting Indy’s restaurants, bars, and live event venues as we all adjust to the changing seasons.”
The reimbursable grants funds can be used for purchases or rentals incurred and/or paid July 1, 2020 through November 20, 2020. Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- For-profit independently operated restaurants and bars, and live entertainment venues that are subject to Marion County Food & Beverage tax and were forced to shut down or operate at reduced capacity by state or local government as a direct result of a Public Health Order;
- Business must have a properly permitted permanent or temporary outdoor seating area, or if unable to operate an outdoor area, business offers food delivery via a third party; Located and/or headquartered within Marion County; and
- Established before February 15, 2020.
Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. A list of necessary documentation can be found on the application page.
The program is the latest in a series of City resources for local Indianapolis businesses, including the Dine Out Indy program, two rounds of Music Cities Recovery Grants for live venues, $11 million in HELP grants for the hospitality industry, and additional funding for PPE. Each was made possible through federal CARES Act funding passed by the City-County Council.