The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant is a scheme to support Hospitality, Leisure and Accommodation businesses who have had their trading impacted by the recent surge in Covid case because of the new Omicron variant.

This is a one-off grant scheme commencing from Thursday December 30, 2021.

Please note following an update from Government, the closing date for applications has been bought forward.

Applications will close on Monday February 14, 2022.

This scheme will be administered in line with Government requirements.

Please note that due to new pre-payment checks required by the Government, grant payments to businesses are taking longer than we first anticipated.

If you have recently received an email to advise your grant application has been successful and you will be paid, please bear with us. We will process the payment as soon as we can.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Who is eligible?

Grants are available for businesses that have a Business Rates account as of Thursday December 30, 2021 and operate within the Leisure, Hospitality and Accommodation sectors including:

Support Type

Types of Business

Hospitality

Food courts, Public houses/pub restaurants

Restaurants, Roadside restaurants

Wine bars, Cafés

Leisure

Casinos and gambling clubs, Cinemas

Museums and art galleries, Stately homes & historic houses

Theatres, Events venues, Night clubs & discotheques, Arenas, Concert halls

Zoos & safari parks, Amusement parks, Tourist attractions, Theme parks

Amusement arcades, Wedding venues

Soft play centres or areas

Clubs & institutions, Village halls & scout huts, cadet huts, etc.

Accommodation

Caravan parks, Caravan sites and pitches, Chalet parks, Campsites

Coaching inns, Country house hotels, Guest houses, Hostels, Boarding houses  

Hotels, Lodge, Holiday apartments, Cottages, or bungalows

Canal boats or other vessels

B&Bs, Catered holiday homes, Holiday homes

Businesses will only be eligible where their main service falls within hospitality, leisure, or accommodation. If your business operates services that could be considered hospitality, leisure or accommodation, and falls into another category, the main service will be determined by assessing which category constitutes 50% or more of the overall income.

For the purpose of this scheme the following exclusions apply:

  • Hospitality - the definition of a hospitality business should exclude food kiosks and businesses whose main service (generating 50% or more of income) is a takeaway
  • Leisure - the definition of a leisure business should exclude all retail businesses, coach tour operators, and tour operators
  • Accommodation - the definition of an accommodation business should exclude private dwellings, education accommodation, residential homes, care homes, residential family centres and beach huts.

Who isn’t eligible?

Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme for the purposes of this grant

Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State aid permitted under the de minimis and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework.

Businesses that were not registered for Business Rates on Thursday December 30, 2021.

Funding amounts

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant will support eligible businesses in the Leisure and Hospitality sectors with one-off grants of up to £6,000. The following thresholds apply for these businesses:

  • Businesses occupying premises with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on December 30, 2021 will receive a payment of £2,667.
  • Businesses occupying premises with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on December 30, 2021 will receive a payment of £4,000.
  • Businesses occupying premises with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on December 30, 2021 will receive a payment of £6,000.

How do I apply?

Applications are now open and you apply via the online form below.

Apply for an Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

The deadline for applications for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant is February 14, 2022.

Last updated: Thu 20th January, 2022 @ 17:34