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Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme

In December 2021, government announced the introduction of grant support for hospitality and leisure businesses. The scheme provides support to hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses, in recognition that the rise of the Omicron variant means that some businesses are likely to struggle over the coming weeks.

This support will take the form of a one-off grant funding scheme called the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant and will be administered by local authorities in England on behalf of the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) who provide the funding and set the eligibility criteria.

Eligibile businesses

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.

Hospitality

A business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink, including:

  • Public houses and pub restaurants
  • Restaurants
  • Cafes
  • Food courts
  • Wine bars

Leisure

A business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events, days and nights out, betting and gaming, including:

  • Casinos and gambling clubs
  • Cinemas
  • Museums and art galleries
  • Theatres
  • Zoos and safari parks
  • Amusement parks
  • Wedding venues
  • Events venues
  • Night clubs and discotheques
  • Tourist attractions
  • Theme parks
  • Amusement arcades
  • Soft play centres or areas
  • Indoor riding centres
  • Clubs and institutions
  • Village halls and scout huts, cadet huts, etc.
  • Certain sports clubs with attached bar/club house facilities (subject to evidence being provided)

Accommodation

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

  • Caravan parks
  • Caravan sites and pitches
  • Campsites
  • Guest houses
  • Hotels
  • Holiday apartments
  • B&Bs

Businesses who are not eligible for this grant scheme

This includes:

  • Retail
  • Personal care, including hairdressers, spa, salon and beauty treatments
  • Gyms and other premises used for fitness
  • Dance studios
  • Travel agents
  • Certain sports facilities/clubs who do not have attached bar/club house facilities (for example, a bowling green without a club house)
  • Empty properties
  • Insolvent and dissolved companies
  • Businesses who are not liable for Business Rates

You need to have been liable to pay Business Rates on 30 December 2021 and occupy a hereditament with a rateable value in the local rating list. If, for example, you occupy a shared premises or are not liable for Business Rates yourself then you will not be eligible for a grant payment.

The amount of the grant

Grant amounts
 Size Rateavle value Grant payment
 Small  £1 to £15,000  £2,667
 Medium  £15,001 to £50,999  £4,000
 Large  £51,000 and above  £6,000

Applications

We are now open for applications from local businesses from the leisure, hospitality and accommodation sectors. In completing your application we will require your business rates account number plus further information as required by government. If you have all of the required information to hand then this should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete.

This grant scheme will close for applications on Friday 18 March 2022 at 10.00am.

Payments

Once the application has been received and the details verified then we will move to make payments by BACS as soon as possible. Pre-payment checks will be required, including external checks with the National Fraud Initiative (NFI).

The scheme will close for applications on Friday 18 March 2022 at 10:00am and all final payments must be made by 31 March 2022. Any applications received after 18 March 2022 will not be considered.

Privacy notice

Please see our privacy notice which details the data gathered and when and where this will be shared.

Tax information

Grant income received by a business is taxable and this will need to be included as income in the tax return of the business. Only businesses that make an overall profit once grant income is included will be subject to tax.

As the final grant payments are to have been paid by 31 March 2022 all amounts received will fall into the 2021/22 tax year. Unincorporated businesses will be taxed when they receive the grant income.