Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant supports businesses that have been most impacted by the Omicron variant. The funding from central government is being administered by local councils with a one-off payment of up to £6,000.

The aim of the 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, as defined below:

  • Hospitality – a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink.
  • Leisure – a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events, days and nights out, betting or gaming.
  • Accommodation – a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes.

An indication of the qualifying businesses in each sector are below. This list is not exhaustive, and we will consider each application to determine if you qualify for the grant.

Hospitality

  • Food courts and cafes
  • Public houses and wine bars
  • Restaurants (including pubs and roadside restaurants)

Leisure

  • Casinos and gambling clubs
  • Cinemas, theatres, arenas and concert halls
  • Museums, art galleries and tourist attractions
  • Stately homes and historic houses
  • Zoos and safari parks
  • Amusement parks and theme parks
  • Wedding and event venues
  • Night clubs and discotheques
  • Amusement arcades
  • Soft play centres or areas
  • Clubs and institutions
  • Village halls, scout huts and cadet huts

Accommodation

  • Caravan parks, caravan sites and pitches, chalet parks, campsites
  • Coaching inns
  • Country house hotels
  • Hostels, hotels, guest houses, bed and breakfast
  • Lodges and holiday apartments
  • Cottages or bungalows
  • Boarding houses
  • Canal boats or other vessels
  • Holiday homes and catered holiday homes

Eligibility

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

Businesses must have been trading on 30th December 2021 to receive funding under this scheme. This means it is engaged in business activity, such as carrying on a trade or profession, or buying and selling goods or services to generate turnover.

Businesses excluded from the fund

You cannot get funding if the business is in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking-off notice. This list is not exhaustive and we will determine whether a business is classed as trading.

How much will I get?

How much grant you get depends on the rateable value of your premises.

Rateable value and support amount
Rateable value of premises Amount of support
£15,000 or under £2,667
£15,001 to £50,999 £4,000
£51,000 or over £6,000

You can find the rateable value of your premises on your latest business rates bill, or check our commercial premises register online.

Payments under this scheme are taxable.

Does subsidy allowance apply?

  • Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance – you’re allowed up to £335,000 (subject to exchange rates) over any period of 3 years
  • Covid-19 Business Grant Allowance – you’re allowed up to £1,900,000
  • 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, provided certain conditions are met

The above grants may be combined for a potential total allowance of £12,235,000 (taking into account all grants previously received under the Covid-19 business grant schemes, and subject to the exact amount applicable under the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance, using the Special Drawing Right calculator and the three fiscal year period applicable to the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance).

By accepting a grant payment, you must confirm that you are not in breach of subsidy allowance. Read the government guidance for this and previous grant schemes, including subsidy allowance.

How to apply

If you meet the criteria, you can apply online below. The closing date for applications is 28th February 2022. We recommend that you submit your application by 14th February to ensure you are considered for a grant award.

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Apply for Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

What happens next?

We will review your application and let you know if you are entitled to a payment. This process will involve us sharing your application data with a third-party agency to verify your entitlement. We expect this overall process will take 21 days.

Payments will be made to eligible businesses by 31st March 2022.