Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant is a government grant to support businesses that are experiencing difficulties because of the Omicron variant.

Rate-paying hospitality and leisure premises can benefit from targeted grant payments at the following levels:

  • £2,667 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
  • £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000

Grants may only be awarded to the registered ratepayer on Thursday 30 December 2021 but may be withheld where it is believed that the details recorded maybe incorrect. 

Businesses must fit the definition of hospitality, leisure and accommodation outlined below. 

This is a one-off grant. 

Government have confirmed that applications will close on Monday 28 February 2022. No late applications will be accepted. 

Businesses will only be eligible where their main service falls within hospitality, leisure or accommodation.

Grants are not available to businesses that are in administration, insolvent, subject to a striking off notice or who have exceeded the relevant Grant Subsidy Allowance.

Hospitality

For the purposes of this scheme, a hospitality business is defined as a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption of food and drink. 

Businesses should offer in-person services to the general public, to be consumed on the premises.

For these purposes, the definition of a hospitality business excludes: food kiosks and businesses whose main service (generating 50% or more of income) is a takeaway (not applicable to those that have adapted to offer takeaways during periods of restrictions, in alignment with previous COVID-19 business grant schemes).

Leisure

For the purposes of this scheme, a leisure business is one that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events and days or nights out. 

Businesses must provide in person experiences in addition to goods, may rely on seasonal labour, assume particular public safety responsibility and operate irregular hours during the day/night or weekends.

For these purposes, the definition of a leisure business excludes: all retail businesses, coach tour operators, tour operators, and gyms and sports businesses where physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual basis or group basis

Accommodation

For the purposes of this scheme, an accommodation business is defined as one whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel or other purposes.

Businesses should provide accommodation for “away from home” stays for work or leisure purposes, for short-term leisure and holiday purposes. 

For these purposes, the definition of an accommodation business excludes: private dwellings, education accommodation, residential homes, care homes, residential family centres and beach huts.

How to apply

You can apply using our online form.

Before you start your application, please check the detailed criteria above and ensure that you have the following information to upload onto your application form: 

  • Details of your business rates account number. This must be as per your Business Rates Bill
  • Identification of the individual making the application on behalf of the ratepayer:  upload either your passport ID page or driving license. 
  • Evidence of the business trading from the premises immediately before Thursday 30 December 2021: upload a delivery note, expenses receipt, purchase order or sales receipt. 
  • Evidence that the applicant is the named holder of the bank account: upload a bank statement dated within the last three months.  

Businesses that do not pay business rates

Further discretionary funding will be available to support other impacted businesses through an Additional Restrictions Grant. Applications for this grant will likely open on Monday 24 January 2022, subject to approval of the scheme.