Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme is to support Hospitality, Leisure and Accommodation businesses who have had their trading impacted by the recent surge in Covid cases because of the new Omicron variant.

This one-off grant scheme will be administered in line with the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant Government guidance.

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme closed for new applications on the 18 March 2022.

Eligibility

Grants are available for businesses that:

  • are actively engaged in business activity and continue to trade, including online
  • registered for business rates at their premises as of the 30 December 2021 and
  • operate within either the Leisure, Hospitality and Accommodation sector.

This list is not exhaustive, but indicative of the types of businesses that will be supported under this scheme:

This table shows the types of businesses that will be supported under this scheme.
Business Category Types of Business

Hospitality

  • Food courts
  • Restaurants
  • Public houses/pub restaurants
  • Roadside restaurants
  • Wine bars
  • Cafés

 Leisure

  • Casinos and gambling clubs
  • Cinemas
  • Museums and art galleries
  • Stately homes and historic houses
  • Theatres
  • Zoos and safari parks
  • Amusement parks
  • Wedding venues
  • Events venues
  • Night clubs and discotheques
  • Arenas 
  • Concert halls
  • Tourist attractions
  • Theme parks
  • Amusement arcades
  • Soft play centres or areas
  • Clubs and institutions
  • Village halls and scout huts, cadet huts, etc

Accommodation

  • Caravan parks
  • Caravan sites and pitches
  • Chalet parks
  • Coaching inns
  • Country house hotels
  • Guest houses
  • Hostels 
  • Hotels 
  • Lodge
  • Campsites
  • Boarding houses
  • Canal boats or other vessels
  • Holiday apartments, Cottages or bungalows
  • Catered holiday homes
  • B&Bs
  • Holiday homes

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

If your business operates services that could be considered hospitality, leisure or accommodation, but also falls into another category, the main service will be determined by assessing which category constitutes 50% or more of the overall income. Evidence of this maybe requested.

For the purpose of this scheme the following definitions apply:

  • Hospitality - the definition of a hospitality business should exclude food kiosks and businesses whose main service (generating 50% or more of income) is a takeaway
  • Leisure - the definition of a leisure business should exclude 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. Gyms and sports businesses include dance and fitness studios; sports centres and clubs; sports courts; swimming pools and golf courses. Sports clubs with bars or other social spaces that provide opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events and days and nights out, may meet the definition / eligible criteria of a leisure business.
  • Accommodation - the definition of an accommodation business should exclude private dwellings, education accommodation, residential homes, care homes, residential family centres and beach huts.

The above eligibility crtieria was updated on the 13 January 2022 as per the revised Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant government guidance.

How much will you receive?

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant is awarded based on the following thresholds:

This table shows the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant amounts.
Rateable value Payment
Rateable value of £15,000 or under £2,667
Rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 £4,000
Rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over £6,000

Who isn’t eligible?

Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme for the purposes of this grant

Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances will not be eligible to receive funding.

Businesses that are not liable for Business Rates at their premises on the 30 December 2021.

As per version 2 of the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant guidance, released on the 13 January 2022, the definition of a leisure business should exclude: 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. Annex A provides an indicative list of the types of businesses that can be supported under this scheme.

How to apply for a Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

Unfortunately the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme is now closed for new applications.

The scheme closed at 5pm on the 18 March 2022.

Last updated: 18/03/2022 16:16