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Business Grants

Grants for businesses affected by Covid-19

Apply now for Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

On 21 December 2021, the Government announced the introduction of further grant support for hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses in England and applications for this grant are now open until 28 February 2022.

Eligibility

This is a new, one off grant to provide support to hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses affected by the recent Covid-19 variant (Omicron).

Businesses must be on the valuation list for business rates, in occupation of their trading premises and trading on 30 December 2021.

This table sets out the definition for hospitality, leisure and accommodation that will be used to determine eligibility under this scheme. The listed examples of businesses given is not exhaustive and are an indicative guide of the types of businesses that can be supported under this scheme.

 

Definition

 

Examples of businesses

Hospitality - a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink.

Food courts

Public houses/pub restaurants

Restaurants

Roadside restaurants

Wine bars

Cafés

 

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

Casinos and gambling clubs

Cinemas

Museums and art galleries

Stately homes & historic houses

Theatres

Zoos & safari parks

Amusement parks

Wedding venues

Events venues

Night clubs & discotheques

Arenas

Concert halls

Tourist attractions

Theme parks

Amusement arcades

Soft play centres or areas

Clubs & institutions

Village halls & scout huts,

cadet huts, etc.

 

Accommodation - a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes.

 

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 home

 

Important notice: This grant does not cover businesses in the retail sector, or gyms, hairdressers/barbers along with nail salons.

Full details of the eligibility requirements are provided in the government guidance, which you should read before applying

Value of Grant

  • Businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under will receive £2,667.
  • Businesses with a rateable value of £15,001 and under £51,000 will receive £4,000.
  • Businesses with a rateable value of over £51,001 will receive £6,000.

How to apply

If you meet the eligibility criteria you can apply through our grant’s approval portal. Only applications via this portal will be considered.

Deadline for Applications will be 23:59 on 28 February 2022.

The portal will advise if you are not eligible to claim the grant if you apply by mistake.

Before completing the form, you must have the following information to hand to upload in support of your application

  • Business property reference-the portal will assist you to find this
  • Business rates account number - you can find this in your online account (This information is not available over the phone)
  • Evidence regarding trading and occupation of premises
  • Bank statements for the business

If you are unable to submit an application and you need to register for business rates, please complete our online form.

 

All grant communication must be via the above portals and not by email.

Additional Restrictions Grants – Coming soon

Further funding for Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG) was also announced in December 2020.

A new ARG scheme and application processes is being designed and will be made available as soon as possible. In the meantime, please do not contact us about these grants.

For news of future developments and more information on our business support activities please subscribe to our business newsletter

Beware of scammers

Please beware of third parties offering to act on your behalf for a fee. The grant application process is free, straightforward and only requires you to provide information already available to you. Businesses should not need to pay third parties to access a grant. 

Scam emails are also being sent to businesses, falsely claiming to be from the Council, saying that businesses have been paid grants in error and they need to returned and include bank details for payments to be made. These emails should be ignored.