Financial Support For Business

Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

Applications for the above scheme are now closed.

The primary principle 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 fixed rate-paying premises, in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors.

This grant is only available to those businesses registered for business rates in the above sectors. If you are not a rate-payer, please refer to the Discretionary Additional Restrictions Grant information on the next page.

Please note

The qualifying criteria for the hospitality and leisure grant due to Omicron is different to previous grant schemes, and the award of a previous grant does not guarantee an award under this scheme.

Examples of types of business that will not qualify for this grant include:

  • fast-food takeaways
  • hairdressers
  • beauticians
  • tattoo parlours
  • gyms, or sport businesses where physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual basis - this includes:
    • dance and fitness studios
    • sports centres and clubs
    • sports courts
    • swimming pools
    • golf courses

Check if you're eligible for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

Grants are per premise and the amount paid is varied by rateable value (RV) of each eligible premises, in three bands:

Rateable value Grant amount
£0 up to and including £15,000 £2,700
£15,001 up to £50,099 £4,000
£51,000 and over £6,000

Claim requirements

To receive this grant, businesses will need to complete an application form and provide the required evidence, otherwise claims cannot be processed.

Before you commence with your application, please note that to complete the claim you will need to supply the following information. To ensure that we can process your applications quickly, and to reduce any delays, please ensure all fields are completed accurately.

  • Name of business and business trading address including postcode
  • Business Rates account number
  • Unique identifier (preferably Company Reference Number (CRN)) if applicable. If not applicable, your VAT Registration Number, Self-Assessment / Partnership Number, National Insurance Number, Unique Taxpayer Reference or Registered Charity Number will also be acceptable
  • Date business established and number of employees
  • Proof that you were still open and trading on 30 December 2021. Examples of this could be copies of sales/purchase ledgers, orders, social media posts and advertsv For hospitality businesses, where your business is made up of more than one activity (for example, takeaway as well as on-site dining), you will need to provide evidence that over 50% of all income is generated from providing food and/or drink to be consumed on the premises

As with previous business grant applications, once your claim is submitted you will receive a unique reference number, and you will receive regular progress updates as your claim is processed.

If you don't have a business rates account

If you don't have a business rates account, you can still apply for a discretionary grant if you meet the other eligibility criteria and you have fixed property costs. You'll need to provide evidence of these costs, such as a valid tenancy agreement, rent statement or mortgage statement.

Claim deadlines

The closing date for applications is 18 March 2022.

No new claims will be considered after this date, and any unresolved claims outstanding as at 29 March 2022 will be closed.