CRA Now Accepting $10,000 Grant Applications

Plus nine design solutions local restaurants, architects, and public safety officials developed.

Artist rendering of nine square modular structures laid out in a grid.
PARK[AS], one of the outdoor dining solutions to come out of the CRA's design workshop. /

On November 1, the Colorado Restaurant Association (CRA) launched its Colorado Outdoor Winter Grant Dining Program. The organization is now accepting applications from locally-owned bars and restaurants across the state for up to $10,000 in grant funding to be used for outfitting and maintaining outdoor seating this winter (think construction, heating, and furniture costs, snow removal, design fees, and cold-weather gear for staff or diners).

Applicants must open at least five days per week, provide proof of year-over-year losses of at least 20 percent (restaurants with losses of over 40 percent get priority), and apply any grant monies to projects completed between August 1, 2020 and January 15, 2021. Find a full list of eligibility requirements as well as the application on the CRA’s Winter Outdoor Dining website.

Applications are currently open through Friday, November 13, with funds distributed on Monday, November 23. A second round of applications will be accepted from Monday, November 30 through Friday, December 11, with grants paid out on Monday, December 21. It’s possible a third and final round of applications may be considered depending on funding.

Artist rendering of tents and restaurant tables lining a city street.
Seating concept for a city street closed to traffic. /

Don’t have any idea where to start with an outdoor dining this winter? Check out nine design concepts developed for different Colorado environments from simple-to-source materials like car batteries, concrete blocks, polycarbonate sheets, wooden slats, scaffolding, and phase changing material seat cushions and heating pads. Estimated budgets and artist renderings of every concept is included; we’re betting at least one will work for your restaurant (or spark your own creativity) if you decide to go all in on outdoors this winter.

The CRA has also provided an expansive list of resources ranging from energy assessments to architectural and design firms and HVAC to insurance companies to get you started on your patio project.

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