Stimulating & Encouraging Safe Outdoor Winter Experiences in Lewis County
Program hosted by the Lewis County Development Corporation
Forced Indoors - Prepare Your Business for NNY Winter Amid the Pandemic
What we're looking for
The Lewis County Development Corporation (LCDC) is seeking solutions to stimulate and encourage safe outdoor experiences, for both customers and tourism, entertainment and hospitality businesses, during the cold weather months in Lewis County
Solutions may be centered around facilitating safe in-person outdoor experiences. Unique indoor solutions will be considered as long as it takes into consideration the health and safety of staff and customers.
Solutions may relate to physical space as well as operations/service (i.e. creation of outdoor eating spaces with heaters, or creative service solutions)
Businesses who are looking to create outdoor spaces, such as adding firepits, igloos, outdoor heaters and tents, constructing creative spaces, etc. and any other creative service or operational solutions, please submit the form below.
Businesses with creative proposals will receive a one-time grant, funding 50%, up to $1,000, of selected project costs
Must provide project plan on a solution that stimulates and encourages safe outdoor experiences, for both customers and tourism, entertainment and hospitality businesses, during the cold weather months in Lewis County
Must show how the project will encourage in-person, outdoor experiences or new unique solutions for the winter season
Solutions may relate to physical space, as well as creative operations/service
HEALTH & SAFETY
Solutions must consider human health and safety, and be in compliance with all local, state and federal regulations
Must comply with local zoning and codes ordinances
The project is encouraged to be attainable by December 31, 2020
Provides a project budget that takes into consideration cost to build/install and ease of set-up/tear down/storage
Projects will be funded up front
Awarded businesses will enter into a contract with the LCDC and will be required to adhere ALL NYS COVID-19 Guidelines
Project reporting will also include notification of project completion, submission of receipts and project photos
The COVID19 pandemic has caused hardship to our local bars, restaurants and hospitality industry across Lewis County. Businesses who rely on social atmospheres have changed their entire business models to accommodate social distancing, proper ventilation and more. Solutions were quickly implemented as the warmer weather approached in Lewis County and more outdoor dining opportunities were created to accommodate more customers, and to ensure the safety of customers and staff.
At a recent Winter Tourism roundtable and brainstorming event, hosted by Lewis County IDA and the Chamber of Commerce, the idea of outdoor seating during the winter months, and the lack thereof, emerged. As we know, Lewis County businesses are reliant on local, and tourist, patrons throughout the winter. In order to ensure that these local businesses survive the long, cold and snowy winter, we are asking the business community continue to think creatively on how to implement the extension of safe outdoor dining during winter months in Lewis County. To stimulate and encourage this creative thinking, the Lewis County Development Corporation (LCDC) has created the Winter Design Challenge Grant Program.