The Omicron Additional Restrictions Grant is now closed for applications. The deadline to apply was midday on 28 February 2022.

On 21 December 2021 the government announced that further funding would be made available for local authorities, through a top-up to the Additional Restrictions Grant.

The aim of the Omicron Additional Restrictions Grant is to help businesses, including small businesses and self-employed or sole traders, impacted by the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

Eligibility criteria

This scheme supports businesses which:

Our allocation from the government’s Additional Restrictions Grant top-up will not be enough to support all businesses.

We will prioritise small businesses, businesses in the hospitality and leisure supply chain, and those who support businesses that are crucial for the local economy.

You must apply to the local authority (council) where your business is trading. If you apply to the wrong council your application will be declined and you will need to reapply to the correct council by 28 February 2022.

The grant is for both business rate payers (that do not qualify for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant) and non-business rate payers with 49 or fewer employees (a person who receives remuneration via your payroll system), and your business either:

  • closed due to a significant impact on trading (but was not required to close)
  • continued to operate but with significantly reduced demand due to Omicron

Examples of when a business remains trading whilst closed could be that it:

  • continues to trade online, for example via click and collect services
  • is engaged in business activity, managing accounts, preparing for reopening, planning, and implementing Covid-safe measures

Exclusions

You cannot apply for the Omicron Additional Restrictions Grant if your business:

  • is eligible for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant
  • was not trading at 30 December 2021
  • does not trade from a premises in the South Gloucestershire Council area
  • has reached the subsidy allowance limit
  • is in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking-off notice
  • is part of a national chain
  • offers private or residential accommodation where rooms and properties are let out, that do not have a food licence
  • has not been as significantly impacted by the Omicron Covid-19 variant

What your grant will be based on

Eligible businesses can apply for one grant per business (not one per business premises).

If your business qualifies, the amount you get is at our discretion.

Any grant you are given is taxable and will need to be included as income in your tax return.

For business rate payers

If you do not qualify for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant and you pay business rates for the premises you trade from, you can apply for the Omicron Additional Restrictions Grant.

If you qualify for this one off grant the amount you get is based on your premises rateable value on 30 December 2021.

The grant amount will not change if the value changes after that date.

Premises rateable valueGrant amount
£15,000 or underup to £1,000
£15,001 to £50,999up to £1,500
£51,000 or overup to £2,000

For non-business rate payers

If you qualify for this one off grant the amount you get is based on the number of employees on 30 December 2021.

The grant amount will not change if the number of employees changes after that date.

Number of employees Grant amount
Sole trader, partnership or
0 employees
up to £500
1 to 9 employees up to £1,000
10 to 49 employees up to £1,500

How to apply

Now closed. The deadline to apply was midday on 28 February 2022.

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What happens next

After the closing date (28 February) we will review all applications to assess and prioritise them.

For successful applicants payments will be made by 31 March 2022.

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