Programs: Sidewalk Dining Grant

Sidewalk Dining Grant


Sidewalk dining adds vibrancy and energy to our wonderful downtown and we want to encourage restaurants to get in on the fun!  The Downtown Partnership is offering up to $500 as a matching grant for downtown Chapel Hill businesses to pay for sidewalk dining furniture as well as the cost of the sidewalk dining permit.  

Grants will fund the purchase of sidewalk dining furnitureof up to $400 per business while funds are available.  You can apply for grant funds to pay for sidewalk dining furniture purchased in the recent past or for planned projects. This grant is intended for businesses seeking to offer dining on public downtown sidewalks or street-level private space directly adjacent to the public right of way.  

To apply:

Applicants must adhere to North Carolina State Statute 136-27.4 (link).

For more information on these ordinances and to apply for your sidewalk dining permit, please call or email Sarah Poulton, Downtown Special Projects Manager at the Town of Chapel Hill:, 919-969-5009

Application for this grant is not an indication of approval of this grant. After this application is submitted, someone from the Downtown Partnership will contact you to assist you through the approval process for sidewalk dining.

Once the Town approves your permit and you’ve purchased your sidewalk dining furniture and amenities, please send us the proof of purchase and we will reimburse your business on a matching basis up to $400.

For more information on this, and other Downtown Partnership services & programs, contact Alex Rike at or 919-967-9440.