Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced on 21 December that he would be making further funds available to local authorities to provide business grant support. Businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors in England are eligible for one-off grants of up to £6,000 per premises (through the Omicron Hospitality & Leisure Grant), plus more than £100 million discretionary funding has been made available for local authorities to support other businesses (through the Additional Restrictions Grant).
Omicron Hospitality & Leisure Grant (OHLG)
This 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. For more information please read the Government guidance on the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant.
One-off grants are available for business rated businesses only, paid at a rate according to rateable value. Businesses must have been on the valuation list and trading on 30 December 2021 to be eligible to receive funding under this scheme.
£0 - £15,000
£15,001 - £50,999
Value of grant available
The application process is currently being tested and is due to open on 27 January. Please avoid contacting us in the meantime so that we can focus on putting the scheme in place so payments can be made to eligible businesses as quickly as possible.
Businesses likely to be eligible will be contacted and invited to apply.
All applications have to be assessed and decided by 28 February 2022. All final payments must be made and dispersed to recipients by 31 March 2022.
Additional Restrictions Grant – top up funding
For more information please read the Government guidance on the Additional Restrictions Grant (revised).
In allocating grants from this latest top-up, Local Authorities are encouraged to support businesses severely impacted by the rise in the Omicron variant, including those outside of the business rates system.
These may include, but are not limited to:
- personal care
- the travel and tourism sector, including group travel
- travel agents and tour operators
- coach operators
- wedding industries
- events industries
- English language schools
- freelance and mobile businesses (including caterers, events, hair, beauty and wedding related businesses)
- other businesses that may have not received other grant funding
We have been allocated funding of £187,805.88 and are considering how this can best be used to support struggling businesses.
Please avoid contacting us in the meantime, a further update will be published once we have more detail.