The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant is now closed for applications. The deadline to apply was 18 March 2022.

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant supports businesses, that were trading and on the ratings list on 30 December 2021, which have been impacted by the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

Eligibility criteria

This scheme aims to support businesses that offer in person services for the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors. To be eligible, your main service or activity must take place in the premises that you are paying rates for.

Hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors are defined below. This includes examples of the qualifying businesses. The list is not exhaustive, and we will check each application to see if you qualify for the grant.

Hospitality

A business whose main purpose is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink.

  • food courts
  • public houses or pub restaurants
  • restaurants (including roadside restaurants)
  • wine bars
  • cafes

Leisure

A business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebration, days and nights out, betting and gaming.

  • 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 discos
  • arenas and concert halls
  • tourist attractions
  • theme parks
  • amusement arcades 
  • soft play centres or areas
  • clubs and institutions
  • village halls and scout huts
  • cadet huts

Retail businesses are not included.

Accommodation

A business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes.

  • caravan parks
  • caravan sites and pitches
  • chalet parks
  • coaching inns
  • country house hotels
  • guest houses
  • hostels
  • hotels
  • lodges
  • holiday apartments
  • cottages or bungalows
  • campsites
  • boarding houses
  • canal boats or other vessels
  • bed and breakfasts
  • catered holiday homes
  • holiday homes

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What we mean by trading

A business is considered to be trading if it is engaged in business activity.

This is when you are carrying on a trade or profession, or buying and selling goods or services.

Businesses in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking-off notice are not able to apply.

What your grant will be based on

This grant is a one off payment of up to £6,000 for eligible businesses.

The amount you get will be 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 under£2,667
£15,001 to £50,999£4,000
£51,000 or over £6,000

You can apply for each premises at which your business is the rate payer. You must make a separate application for each.

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

How to apply

Now closed. The deadline to apply was 18 March 2022.

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What happens next

We will review your application and all payments will be made to eligible businesses by 31 March 2022.

Payments will be processed every Friday starting from 28 January 2022 once third party checks have been returned.

For businesses that do not qualify for this grant, visit our Omicron Additional Restrictions Grant page.



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