Restaurants, bars, and cafés will be able to apply for a $5,000 grant as part of the NSW Government’s efforts to help the hospitality sector recover post-lockdown.

This fund will be available to 5,000 eligible businesses on a “first-in, first-served basis” from November this year.

Under this new dining setup, businesses can request to temporarily expand their alfresco areas in parks or private lands such as bowling greens and car parks until 18 April 2022.

“We’re providing 5,000 hospitality businesses a $5,000 grant to get their outdoor dining venture off the ground — whether that’s to help set-up curb-side dining or a pub-style courtyard, we’re here to turn their ideas into reality,” said Minister for Digital and Customer Service Victor Dominello.

This grant is a part of the $66 million Alfresco Restart Package initiated by the state government to support the hospitality, arts, and music sectors get back on their feet after a four-month lockdown.

Aside from the $5,000 grants and temporary alfresco extension, the initiative also covers:

  • The Festival of Place – includes the Long Summer Nights Program at the Rocks, Darling Harbour and The Domain, Streets as Shared Spaces Program, Summer Night Fund Program and Open Streets Program
  • Permanent outdoor dining as an exempt development for pubs and small bars state-wide.

We will update you with further information about the application process and requirements once available.


Dine and Discover NSW Extension

To encourage fully vaccinated adults to go out and visit dining, arts, and tourism establishments, the state revives its sought-after Dine and Discover voucher scheme.

Premier Dominic Perrottet said residents will receive two additional $25 vouchers in their Service NSW app before summer regardless of whether they have or have not used the four vouchers already received earlier this year.

Residents can use these vouchers in all participating hospitality and entertainment businesses until June 2022.


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