The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme provides a one-off grant to hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses, occupying premises liable for business rates.
Who can claim this funding?
Your business may be eligible for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant if it:
- was liable for business rates on the 30th December 2021;
- was trading on the 30th December 2021, and is continuing to trade;
- has not exceeded the maximum permitted subsidy allowances, and;
- is not in administration, insolvent, or a striking-off notice has been made against it.
What types of businesses can apply for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant?
A hospitality business can be defined under the scheme as a business whose main function is to provide a venue for consuming and selling food and drink. A business is eligible for a grant if they are: offering in-person food and drink services to the general public and provide food and/or drink to be consumed on the premises, including outdoors.
Examples of eligible hospitality businesses under the scheme include:
- Food courts
- Public houses/pub restaurants
- Roadside restaurants
- Wine bars
A leisure business can be defined under the scheme as a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, particularly for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events and days and nights out. A business is eligible for a grant if they:
- Provide in-person intangible experiences in addition to goods.
- Rely on seasonal labour.
- Assume particular public safety responsibilities and operate with irregular hours through the day, night and weekends.
Examples of leisure businesses under the scheme include:
- Casinos and gambling clubs
- Museums and art galleries
- Stately homes and historic houses
- Zoos and safari parks
- Wedding venues
- Events venues
- Nightclubs and discotheques
- Concert halls
- Tourist attractions
- Theme parks
- Amusement arcades
- Soft play centres or areas
- Clubs and institutions
- Village halls and scout huts, cadet huts.
An accommodation business can be defined under the scheme as a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel or other purposes. A business is eligible for a grant if they: provide accommodation for 'away from home' stays for work or leisure purposes and provide accommodation for short-term leisure and holiday purposes.
Examples of eligible accommodation businesses under this scheme include:
- Caravan parks
- Caravan sites and pitches
- Chalet parks
- Coaching inns
- Country house hotels
- Holiday apartments, cottages or bungalows
- Boarding houses
- Canal boats or other vessels
- B & Bs
- Catered holiday homes
- Holiday homes
How much could my business receive from the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant?
A one-off lump sum payment will be awarded per premises to eligible businesses based on the business's rateable value being:
- Up to £2,667 for rateable values of £15,000 and under
- Up to £4,000 for rateable values over £15,000 but under £51,000
- Up to £6,000 for rateable values of £51,000 and over.
Are there any exclusions that apply?
You cannot get funding if your business:
- is not liable for business rates;
- 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 against it; or
- is listed in government guidelines as excluded from the definition of hospitality, leisure or accommodation.
How to apply for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant:
Applications must be made online via your Local Authority website. The scheme will close on 28th February 2022.
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If you have any more questions or would like more information regarding the Hospitality and Leisure Grant, you can contact our Hospitality and Leisure below.