Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

A top-up grant of £750 is available for businesses who have successfully applied for this grant (see bottom of the page)

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant 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.

It is a one-off grant payment available to eligible premises registered for Business Rates. The primary principle 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.

Funding

The grants are paid as follows:

  • For properties with rateable value of £15,000 or under, grant of £2,667
  • For properties with rateable value of over £15,000 and below £51,000, grant of £4,000
  • For properties with rateable value of £51,000 and over, grant of £6,000

Awards are subject to maximum permitted subsidy allowances. Further information about this can be found below.

Who is eligible and not eligible?

The Omicrom Hospitality and Leisure grant scheme is for businesses on the ratings list only.

Businesses will only be eligible where their main service falls within hospitality, leisure or accommodation. If a business operates services that could be considered hospitality or leisure, and also fall into another category, the main service can be determined by assessing which category constitutes 50% or more of their overall income. The main service principle will determine whether a business receives funding.

In some cases it may not be materially clear whether a business falls into one of the eligible categories, so decisions on the eligibility of
these businesses will be at the Local Authorities' discretion.

Grant awards will be based on business rates records held on 30 December 2021. Any changes to the rating list (rateable value or to the hereditament) after 30 December 2021 will be ignored for the purposes of eligibility.

Businesses must have been trading on 30 December 2021 to be eligible to receive funding under this scheme.

Exclusions to all grant eligibility

  • Businesses that are not within the ratings system will not be eligible to receive funding under this scheme.
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances will not be eligible to receive funding.
  • Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

Business Grant subsidy allowance

The EU State Aid rules no longer apply, and new subsidy allowances have been established for COVID-19 business grant schemes. You need to ensure that your business complies with these arrangements.

Application Process

The application process for the Grant is now open and will close on 18th March 2022. Please be aware it can take up to 10 working days to process your application.

It is important that all applicants read the guidelines before completing their application. Please note you will need to know your business rates property reference number in order to complete your application, this number is located on your business rates bill and begins with a '00'. We ask that all applicants also provide their business rates account reference number (8 digit number beginning with 5) as this will speed up payments to all applicants.

Applications must be made on line at www.grantapproval.co.uk

If your property reference number cannot be identified or you have any other query relating to the Grant, please email taxation@sstaffs.gov.uk.

A top-up grant of £750 is available for businesses who have successfully applied for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure grant. Funding is limited and grants will be assessed on a first come, first served basis and in line with the scheme criteria. Once the funding has been fully allocated, the grant scheme will close to new applications. Applications must be made online at www.grantapproval.co.uk. Please note: The deadline to submit applications for the top-up grant is Wednesday 23rd March.

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