Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant supports businesses that have been most impacted by the Omicron variant.

Contents

- Grant summary
- Who is eligible
- Who is not eligible
- Funding
- Fraud
- Data protection and data sharing
- Apply

 

The government announced on 21 December 2021 a new grant scheme for hospitality and leisure businesses affected by the Omicron variant.

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

 

Grant summary

 

DescriptionOmicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant - one-off payment 
Business rate payerYes, on 30 December 2021 
Grant per business1 per hereditament, occupying and trading on 30 December 2021
Business typeHospitality, leisure and accommodation
Period in payment cycleOne-off payment
Expected scheme open date17 January 2022
Grant threshold - rateable value £15k and under£2,667
Grant threshold - rateable value more than £15k and less than £51k£4,000
Grant threshold - rateable value £51k and above£6,000
Scheme application closure date18 March 2022
Eligibility criteria
  • In occupation and trading on 30 December 2021
  • Engaged in business activity including online
  • In the prescribed, eligible business sector
  • Rate-paying business
  • Solvent
  • Under permitted subsidy allowances
Will businesses who have already been paid a grant need to reapply?

Yes, as the eligibility criteria is not the same

 

Who is eligible

The grants are available to eligible, trading hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses (in occupation) as defined in the government guidance and who were liable for business rates as at 30 December 2021 and continue to trade.

Hospitality

For the purposes of this scheme, a hospitality business can be defined as a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink. A business is eligible for a grant if they are:

  • offering in-person food and drink services to the general public
  • provide food and/or drink to be consumed on the premises, including outdoors

For these purposes, the definition of a hospitality business should exclude food kiosks and businesses whose main service (generating 50% or more of income) is a takeaway.

Eligible hospitality businesses under this scheme therefore are:

  • Food courts
  • Public houses/pub restaurants
  • Restaurants
  • Roadside restaurants
  • Wine bars
  • Cafes

Exclusions

Food kiosks and takeaways, where the business takes 50% or more of its income from takeaway sales.

Leisure

For the purposes of this scheme, a leisure business can be defined as a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular 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
  • operate with irregular hours through day, night and weekends

For these purposes, the definition of a leisure business should exclude all retail businesses, coach tour operators, and tour operators.

Eligible leisure businesses under this scheme therefore are:

  • Casinos and gambling clubs
  • Cinemas
  • Museums and art galleries
  • Stately homes and historic houses
  • Theatres
  • Zoos and safari parks
  • Wedding venues
  • Events venues
  • Nightclubs and discotheques
  • Arenas
  • Concert halls
  • Tourist attractions
  • Theme parks
  • Amusement arcades
  • Soft play centres or areas
  • Clubs and institutions
  • Village halls and scout huts, cadet hits etc.

Exclusions

All retail businesses, coach tour operators, and tour operators.

Gyms and sports businesses where physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual basis or group basis.

Accommodation

For the purposes of this scheme, an accommodation business can be defined 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
  • provide accommodation for short-term leisure and holiday purposes

For these purposes, the definition of an accommodation business should exclude private dwellings, education accommodation, residential homes, care homes, residential family centres and beach huts.

Eligible accommodation businesses under this scheme therefore are:

  • Caravan parks
  • Caravan sites and pitches
  • Chalet parks
  • Coaching inns
  • Country house hotels
  • Guest houses
  • Hostels
  • Hotels
  • Lodge
  • Holiday apartments, cottages or bungalows
  • Campsites
  • Boarding houses
  • Canal boats or other vessels
  • B & Bs
  • Catered holiday homes
  • Holiday homes

Exclusions

Private dwellings, education accommodation, residential homes, care homes, residential family centres and beach huts.

 

Who is not eligible 

You cannot get funding if:

  • your business is not within the ratings system
  • your business is not within the prescribed sectors
  • your business has already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances
  • your business is in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made

Read more about the COVID-19 business grant subsidy allowances.

You must tell us if your situation changes and you no longer meet the eligibility criteria, for example, if you become insolvent.
 

Funding

 Eligible businesses will be able to access up to £6,000 as a one-off payment at the following rates.

 Rateable ValueOne-off payment 
 £15,000 or less £2,667
 £15,001 and less than £51,000 £4,000
 £51,000 or greater £6,000

 

Fraud

You may face prosecution if you have manipulated or falsified your position in order to obtain these payments, including failure to close your business which puts others at risk.

Any payment made as a result of fraud may be subject to claw back, as may any grants paid in error.

The government is supporting local councils to make the necessary checks to ensure payments can be verified and have been made correctly.
 

Data protection and data sharing

We are required to collect information from businesses receiving these grant payments and we will be required to account for how the funding has been spent.

If you receive a grant:

  • you may be contacted for research purposes
  • your data will be shared with BEIS for research and evaluation purposes
  • your data may be shared with other enforcement agencies for the prevention and detection of crime

The BEIS COVID-19 business support grant schemes: privacy notice on GOV.UK explains how the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) will handle personal data across all COVID-19 grant schemes through financial years 2020/2021 to 2022/2023.

More information, including how we will be handing your data during the coronavirus crisis.
 

Apply

You can apply using our online form where you will also be able to upload all documentation to support your application.

Apply for the grant

Applications will close on 18 March 2022.