COVID-19 business support grants

Last updated: 21 January 2022 at 16:13

Grant amounts

Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grants will provide up to £6,000 for businesses in the hospitality sector (accommodation and food and beverage services), and leisure sectors who have been impacted by Omicron. 

These grants are property based and will be paid to the business rates payer.

Businesses will be eligible for this support from 30 December 2021. Some businesses may get more than one grant where they have more than one eligible property.

As with the earlier grant schemes, the amount of grant paid will be based on the rateable value of the property as follows:

Rateable valueValue of grant available
£1 to £15,000£2,667
£15,001 to £50,999£4,000
£51,000 and over£6,000

Eligibility for Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grants

To be eligible for a grant your business must meet all of the following five criteria.

Your business must:

  1. Occupy properties that are in the ratings list
  2. Have been trading on 30 December 2021. Trading is carrying on a trade  or profession or buying and selling goods or services in order to generate turnover, including business that:
    • Continue to trade online, via delivery services etc.
    • Are not in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking of notice or under notice
    • Are engaged in business activity - managing accounts, preparing for reopening, planning and implementing COVID-safe measures
  3. Be in one of the following sectors
    • Hospitality
    • Leisure
    • Accommodation
  4. Offer ‘in-person’ services from the premises that they are applying for.
    • A business would not be eligible if its in-person activity does not take place within the rated property. This means that suppliers of services to the events and hospitality industries (for example), would not be eligible for an Omicron Grant, unless their properties main use is to provide direct in-person services specifically in the hospitality or leisure industry to members of the public.
  5. Be within the subsidy allowance limits

Business types that are eligible for grants

Businesses that are eligible for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant include:

Business sectorEligible businesses
HospitalityFood courts, public houses, pub restaurants, roadside restaurants, wine bars, cafes, restaurants
LeisureCasinos, gambling clubs, cinemas, museums, art galleries, stately homes, historic houses, theatres, zoos, safari parks, amusement parks, wedding venues, events venues, night clubs, discotheques, arenas, concert halls, tourist attractions, theme parks, amusement arcades, soft play centres, indoor riding centres, clubs, institutions, village halls, scout huts, cadet huts
Accommodation

Caravan sites and pitches, chalet parks, coaching inns, country house hotels, guest houses, hostels, hotels, lodges, holiday apartments, campsites, boarding houses, canal boats or other vessels, B&Bs, catered holiday homes, holiday homes

Business that are not eligible for grants

Businesses that can't get an Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant include business that:

  • are not in the rating system
  • are long-term empty or undergoing major works on 30 December 2021
  • have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances
  • are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made

Types of businesses that are not eligible for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant include:

Business sectorBusinesses that are not eligible
HospitalityFood kiosks and businesses whose main service is a takeaway (this does not apply to those that have adapted to offer takeaways during periods of restrictions)
Leisure

All retail businesses, coach tour operators, tour operators, dance and fitness studios, sports centres, sports clubs, swimming Pools, golf Courses

Accommodation

Private dwellings, education accommodation, residential homes, care homes, residential family centres, beach huts

Apply for an Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant applications close at 5pm on Friday 18 March 2022, applications received after 5pm will not be processed.

Final payments will be made by 31 March 2022.

Apply for a grant