Apply to City’s Al Fresco outdoor dining grant program by Sept. 30

Applications are due Sept. 30 for the City of Sacramento’s Al Fresco outdoor dining grant program where restaurants can apply for up to $20,000 in reimbursable grants.

“This grant program is intended to create a vibrant outdoor dining scene throughout Sacramento,” said City Project Development Manager Valerie Mamone-Werder. “We encourage restaurants located in the city of Sacramento to take advantage of this opportunity to expand their services outdoors.”

To be eligible for Al Fresco grants, restaurants must be independently owned and operate in the city of Sacramento.

Projects must be completed by December 31, 2024. Grantees can incur reimbursable expenses between Jan. 11, 2023, and October 31, 2024. These expenditures include costs of materials and supplies such as chairs, tables, umbrellas, and costs and fees associated with design, construction and labor.

Restaurant owners interested in expanding outdoor dining can browse engineered layouts and customize their design based on budget and available space before starting the permit application process.

Funded through the federal American Rescue Plan, the Al Fresco grant program provides reimbursable grants to support the cost of building or expanding a permanent outdoor dining patio or sidewalk café within the public right-of-way or on a private parking lot.

Find more information on the Al Fresco program and grant eligible expenditures and eligibility requirements on the City’s website at

General questions can be sent to

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