The City of Issaquah is tapping into $30,000 in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to provide grants to restaurants for winterization efforts to help them cope with effects from limited indoor seating during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The business grant program will support restaurants and food service businesses for exterior or interior alterations and equipment to enhance inclement weather dining options, according to the City’s website. Grants between $500 and $5,000 will be awarded, with partial grants possible.
Grant applications are due by Oct. 7 at 4 p.m. More details on business qualifications are available here.
Winterization examples include tents and canopies, heating equipment, Plexiglass, and other alterations that meet health and social distancing requirements, the website says. Tents and canopies must meet code and no gas heaters or fire pits are allowed under the coverings.
Businesses that have received direct assistance through the Downtown Streatery Winterization Program are not eligible for the grant program, nor nonprofits.