This grant will support businesses that have been affected by the recent rise in the Omicron variant and who are not eligible for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant.

Page updated 28 February 2022 

This scheme is now closed. No new applications can be accepted.

Businesses operating in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation industry and pay business rates have been contacted by the Revenues team regarding their eligibility to apply for an Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant.

Businesses that are not eligible for the main Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant can apply for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Additional Restrictions Grant (OHLARG).

Who can apply?

We are accepting applications from businesses operating in all sectors. However, you must state in your application how the Omicron variant has impacted your business.

We will consider applications according to the following sectors.

Priority sectors

We will give priority to businesses operating or engaged in supplying goods or services to the following sectors:

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, for

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

Accommodation

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

Non-priority sectors

Businesses outside of the priority sectors can apply for this grant.

We will process applications from non-priority businesses after the closing date of 28 February 2022.

Grant awards to businesses in the non-priority sectors will be subject to the availability of funds after payments have been made to applicants in the priority sectors.

Who cannot apply?

The following are excluded from the scheme:

  • businesses eligible for the main Omicron Hospitality Leisure and Restrictions Grant
  • private holiday lets and accommodation premises that are not business-rated - this includes premises where the owner is not a permanent resident
  • businesses involved in gambling and betting activities
  • takeaways
  • properties that are empty or businesses not in operation on 30 December 2021
  • businesses in administration, are insolvent or had a striking-off notice at the date of the lockdown
  • businesses that had been closed for the winter season that were not intending to remain open for the winter period from December 2021 to March 2022
  • businesses that exceed the permitted subsidy allowance
  • community centres, halls and places of worship
  • parish and town council operated units

How to apply

Please read the grant guidance before starting your application.

This scheme is now closed. No new applications can be accepted.

Deadline for applications

This grant closed for applications on Monday 28 February 2022 at midday (12noon).

Supporting documents and evidence

When applying, we require businesses to demonstrate that they meet the eligibility criteria. To support your application, you will need to provide supporting documents and evidence when you apply.

You will need:

  • a recent bank statement

And evidence of an ongoing fixed cost, either one of the following:

  • current utility bill
  • council tax statement
  • commercial mortgage statement
  • business loan statement

Grant awards and payments

Only one grant will be payable per business and will be a one-off grant payment.

The grant amount per business will be based on the number of employees.

Number of employees Grant amount
Sole trader £1,000
1 to 10 employees £2,667
11 to 24 employees £4,000
25+ employees £6,000

Priority sectors

All applications from priority sector businesses will be processed and considered first.

We will only approve applications for a grant award that satisfy the grant criteria with satisfactory supporting evidence.

We will pay your grant by BACS once your application has been processed. However, due to the anticipated high volume of applications, we cannot guarantee when this will occur.

You should expect at least three working days for the BACS payment to reach your account once your application has been approved.

Non-priority sectors

All applications from non-priority sector businesses will be processed after the closing date of 28 February 2022.

Grant awards to businesses in non-priority sectors will be subject to the availability of funds after payments have been made to all applicants in the priority sector.