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Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

Government announced the introduction of grant support for hospitality and leisure businesses in England. 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. Funding will be made available to all Local Authorities from January 2022. The scheme will close for applications on 28 February 2022 and all final payments must be made and dispersed to recipients by 31 March 2022. Under the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme, Local Authorities will receive funding to be allocated in one-off grants to businesses. Grants of up to £6,000 will be paid to hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses in England.

Who will receive this funding?

The aim 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

Businesses excluded from the fund

You cannot get funding if:

  • your business is in administration, insolvent or has been struck off the Companies House register

  • you will exceed the permitted subsidy allowance

  • your business is not on the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) ratings list

Business categorization for the purposes of grant funding thresholds

Threshold definitions for the purposes of this scheme are restated below:

  • Hospitality definition: a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink

  • Leisure definition: a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events, days and nights out, betting and gaming

  • Accommodation definition: a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes

How to apply

Visit your local council’s website to find out how to apply.

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