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Including grants announced for businesses affected by the Omicron variant

Hospitality & Leisure Support Grants (Business Rate Payers) - Jan 2022

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Hospitality and Leisure Support Grants for Business Rate Payers

The Governments Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme provides local councils with one-off grant funding to support hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses, in recognition that the rise of the Omicron variant means that some businesses are likely to struggle.



Businesses must have been actively trading on 30 December 2021 and provide evidence of trading, to be eligible to receive funding under this scheme

The aim of the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme is to support businesses:

·         that offer in-person services

·         where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed rate-paying premises

·         in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors


How much funding will be provided to businesses?

Rateable Value




Value of grant available





Businesses excluded from the fund

You cannot get funding if:

·         your business is in administration, insolvent or has been struck off the Companies House register

·         you will exceed the permitted subsidy allowance

·         your business is not on the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) ratings list (please check the discretionary additional restrictions grant scheme for eligibility under that scheme)

You must notify your local council if your situation changes and you no longer meet the eligibility criteria, for example, if you become insolvent.


Subsidy allowance

This scheme is covered by 3 possible subsidy allowances:

·         Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance - you're allowed up to £335,000 (subject to exchange rates) in Small Amounts of Financial Assistance over any rolling period of 3 financial years

·         COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance - under this allowance you're allowed up to £1,900,000 across all COVID-19 Business Grant schemes

·         COVID-19 Business Grant Special Allowance - if you have reached your limits under the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance and COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance, you may be able to access a further allowance of funding under these scheme rules of up to £10,000,000 across all COVID-19 Business Grant schemes

Grants under these 3 allowances can be combined for a potential total allowance of up to £12,235,000 (subject to exchange rates).

Grant income received by a business is taxable and the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant will need to be included as income in the tax return of the business.


Eligibility Criteria

The business definitions for the purposes of this scheme are as follows:

·         Hospitality definition: a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink. However, please note that food kiosks and businesses whose main service is a takeaway are excluded from this scheme.

·         Leisure definition: a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events, days and nights out, betting and gaming. However, please note that gyms and sports businesses (including dance and fitness studios, sports centres, swimming pools and golf courses are excluded from qualifying). All retail businesses, coach tour operators and tour operators are also excluded from this scheme.

·         Accommodation definition: a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes. However, please note that private dwellings, education accommodation, residential care homes, residential family centres and beach huts are excluded from this scheme.


How to apply

Please click on the following link to start your application Government Omicron Hospitality & Leisure Grant Application Form Link supporting documents may be required to verify your trading status.

The closing date for receipt of applications for grants under this scheme is 28th February 2022

 14 Jan 2022

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