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Merthyr Tydfil businesses to be supported to diversify into outdoors

  • Categories : Press Release
  • 17 Jul 2020
Outdoor equipment grant
Merthyr Tydfil town centre could soon be looking very different, with al fresco dining and drinking playing a prominent role alongside the usual shopping experience.
As well as making it as safe as possible to visit, the County Borough Council is now allocating Welsh Government grants to businesses who want to offer food and drink outdoors

The COVID-19 Grant for Outdoor Equipment is a scheme aimed at helping town centres recover from Coronavirus and will make available funding of up to £10,000 to support premises that want to diversify as a result of the pandemic restrictions.

“Welsh Government announced that pubs, bars, cafés and restaurants were able to reopen outdoors from 13 July,” said Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Public Protection Cllr Geraint Thomas.  “Venues are able to open in spaces they own and have licences for, as long as Coronavirus cases continue to fall.

“We know that town centres are facing huge challenges in the light of Covid-19, but this kind of support will hopefully help them not only survive but thrive,” he added.

“The Welsh weather is famously inclement, but the grants will allow premises to install coverings such as awnings, canopies and umbrellas to protect customers.  We hope that those that have the space will apply and help create Merthyr’s own little pavement café society!”

The Outdoor Equipment scheme will pay for outdoor equipment including: awnings, tables and chairs, heating, screening, bollards, planters, small green infrastructure schemes, electricity supply and lighting, and the temporary use of vacant buildings and establishment of local markets.
It will support up to 80% of the overall cost of projects, of up to £10,000.  Higher levels of funding will be considered in exceptional circumstances.  Grants will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.

If you want to receive an application form, please contact the Council’s Enterprise Team on
Completed applications should be returned to: the Enterprise Team, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, Orbit Business Centre, Rhydycar Business Park, Merthyr Tydfil CF48 1DL, email:

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