The latest information on support available to your business

Page updated 21 January 2022 

Business grants and Omicron

On 21 December, in response to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, the Chancellor announced grants of up to £6,000 to be available to hospitality and leisure businesses. Central Government has now provided guidance on what business will be eligible and how much funding each business will receive based on the rateable value of the property occupied. 

This scheme is now open for applications

Before you apply

Before you start your application, please ensure you have the following information:

  • business rate account number

If a Limited Company, Registered Charity or Registered Partnership

  • VAT reference (If applicable)
  • Company, Charity or registered partnership number

If a sole trader or Non-Registered Partnership

  • National Insurance Number
  • Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR)

Providing evidence

You will be required to upload a copy of your most recent bank statement showing the following:

  • account number
  • sort code
  • account name

If a sole trader or Non-Registered Partnership you will also need to upload documentation confirming either your:

  • National Insurance number (NINO)
  • Unique Tax Reference Number (UTR)

Please have these to hand before starting your application.

Apply online

All eligible businesses have been contacted and invited to claim. However, if you have not been contacted and believe you may be eligible, please complete our online application form.

Apply for Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

Deadline for applications

The scheme will close, to applications on Friday 18 March 2022. Any applications received after this date will not be accepted. Any applications received after this date will not be accepted.

Categories for eligible businesses

Hospitality

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

Leisure

A business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities for:

  • culture
  • recreation
  • entertainment
  • celebratory events
  • days and nights out
  • betting and gaming

Accommodation

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

Grant thresholds and amounts

Rateable value Grant amount
£0 to £15,000 £2,667
£15,001 to £50,999 £4,000
Over £51,000 £6,000

Eligibility

To be eligible for a grant, you must have been the rate payer of eligible occupied property in the Non-Domestic Rating List on 30 December 2021.

Any property that was not within the rating system on 30 December 2021 will not be eligible to receive funding under this scheme. This includes changes made to the rating list (rateable value or hereditament) after 30 December 2021, even if the changes are backdated to before this date.

Also, you will not be eligible for funding under this scheme if your businesses:

  • has already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances
  • is in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made

For a comprehensive list of eligible business please read the full guidance at COVID-19 business grant funding schemes: guidance for local authorities - GOV.UK

Closing dates for all earlier COVID-19 grants 

Grant Period Closing date Final payment date
LRSG Grant closed addendum – National Lockdown 5 Nov 2020 to 1 Dec 2020 31 Mar 2021 14 May 2021
LRSG Closed and Open – Tier 2 2 Dec 2020 to 25 Dec 2020 31 Mar 2021 14 May 2021
LRSG Closed addendum -Tier 4 26 Dec 2020 to 4 Jan 2021 31 Mar 2021 14 May 2021
Christmas Support payment (Wet led Pubs) One off payment for Dec 2020 28 Feb 2021 31 Mar 2021
LRSG Grant closed addendum – National Lockdown (42 Days) 5 Jan 2021 to 14 Feb 2021 31 Mar 2021 14 May 2021
Closed Business Lockdown Payment On off top up grant for spring 2021 31 Mar 2021 14 May 2021
LRSG Grant closed addendum – National Lockdown (44 Days) 15 Feb 2021 to 31 Mar 2021 31 May 2021 30 Jun 2021
Restart Grant One off payment for 31 Mar 2021 onwards 30 June 2021 31 July 2021