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Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant


On 21 December 2021, Government announced the introduction of grant support for hospitality and leisure businesses in England. The scheme provides support to hospitality, leisure, and accommodation businesses.

This scheme has now closed for applications, all final payments on applications received on or before 18 March 2022 will be made to recipients by 31 March 2022. Any applications received after 18 March 2022 will not be assessed.

Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value on 30 December 2021 of:

Grant payment

exactly £15,000 or under

£2,667

over £15,000 and less than £51,000

£4,000

exactly £51,000 or over

£6,000

Any changes to the rating list (rateable value or to the hereditament) after 30 December 2021 should be ignored for the purposes of eligibility.

Eligibility

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 a fixed rate-paying premises, in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors.

The business that according to the billing authority’s records was the ratepayer in respect of the hereditament on 30 December 2021 is eligible to receive the grant.

Businesses must have been trading on 30 December 2021 to be eligible to receive funding under this scheme.

Businesses that are not within the ratings system will not be eligible to receive funding under this scheme.

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

Business categorisation for the purposes of grant funding thresholds

Threshold definitions for the purposes of this scheme are restated below:

  • Hospitality: a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink.
  • Leisure: a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events, days, and nights out, betting and gaming.
  • Accommodation: a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel, and other purposes.

The following types of businesses that are eligible under the sector thresholds for this scheme. This list is not exhaustive, but indicative of the types of businesses that can be supported under this scheme.

Hospitality

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

Excludes food kiosks and businesses whose main service (generating 50% or more of income) is a takeaway.

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
  • Please note this excludes dance and fitness studios, sports centres and clubs, sports courts, swimming pools and golf courses.

Accommodation

  • Caravan parks
  • Caravan sites and pitches
  • Chalet parks
  • Coaching inns
  • Country house hotels
  • Guest houses
  • Hostels
  • Hotels
  • Lodge
  • Holiday apartments
  • Cottages or bungalows
  • Campsites
  • Boarding houses
  • Canal boats or other
  • vessels
  • B&Bs
  • Catered holiday homes
  • Holiday homes
  • Please note this excludes private dwellings, education accommodation, residential homes, care homes, residential family centres and beach huts. Where holiday letting businesses cannot demonstrate any income generated from the let of the premises over a given period (e.g., the last 6-months) this could justify a judgement that the business is not trading and therefore ineligible.

PLEASE NOTE - this scheme excludes: all retail businesses, coach tour operators, tour operators, gyms and sports businesses where physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual or group basis. 

Subsidy Allowance

Payments under this scheme are subject to subsidy allowance conditions, including subsidy obligations set out in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) with the EU.

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

Apply for a grant

This scheme has now closed for applications, all final payments on successful applications received on or before 18 March 2022 and where all required documentation has been received will be made to recipients by 31 March 2022. Any applications received after 18 March 2022 will not be paid.

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