Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHL)

The Government announced on 21 December 2021 a new grant scheme for hospitality and leisure businesses affected by the Omicron variant. The new grant scheme is available to support hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses that are experiencing difficulties because of the Omicron variant with a one-off grant payment.

All businesses who wish to apply who meet the criteria must do so through Grant Approval link below. You must provide all the information requested otherwise your application will not be processed.

Please note: payments of grants are subject to pre-payment checks as prescribed by Government and will be made as soon as possible.

The scheme will close on 15 February 2022 and applications will not be accepted after this date as per guidance from Government.

Businesses that are on the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) rating list and who are the ratepayer on 30 December 2021, where the business offers in-person services and the main service falls within hospitality, leisure, or accommodation:

  • who were trading on 30 December 2021, and
  • hospitality where the business is defined as a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink
  • leisure where the business provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events and days and nights out
  • accommodation where the businesses whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes. 

The bullet points below set out types of businesses that are eligible under the sector thresholds for this scheme. This list is not exhaustive, but indicative of the types of businesses that can be supported under this scheme.

Hospitality

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

Leisure

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

 Accommodation

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

Exclusions 

The definition of a hospitality business should exclude:

  • food kiosks and businesses whose main service (generating 50% or more of income) is a takeaway (not applicable to those that have adapted to offer takeaways during periods of restrictions, in alignment with previous COVID-19 business grant schemes). 

The definition of a leisure business should exclude:

  • all retail businesses, coach tour operators, and tour operators

the definition of an accommodation business should exclude:

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

Any business in the following circumstances will not be eligible for the grant: 

  • Business which were not trading on 30 December 2021 
  • Businesses that are not within the ratings system 
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances (previously known as State Aid) will not be eligible to receive funding.
  • Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking off notice has been made
  • Hospitality businesses who are food kiosks and businesses whose main service is a takeaway
  • Leisure businesses where it is a retail business, coach tour operators, tour operators 
  • Accommodation businesses where they are private dwellings, education accommodation, residential homes, care homes, residential family centres, beach huts.  

This list is not exhaustive.

The scheme will provide a one off grant payment based on the rateable value of the premises for those businesses that have liability for business rates. The grant awards will be as follows providing you qualify. 

  1. Rateable values if £15,000 and under will receive a payment of £2,667
  2. Rateable values if over £15,000 and less than £ 51,000 will receive a payment of £4,000
  3. Rateable values if £51,000 and over will receive a payment of £6,000

Please note payments will only be made to UK bank accounts. Where a business is a limited company, you must provide the bank account details for the company and not a personal bank account.

  • Must have 50% main service in one of the business sectors - Hospitality, Leisure and Accommodation only
  • Must be open for trading on the 30 December 2021 (empty premises will not be eligible for the grants)
  • Must be liable for business rates on the 30 December 2021
  • Must be the rate payer
  • Must occupy a rateable property on the 30 December 2021
  • The rateable property must be in the VOA rating list on the 30 December 2021
  • Must be actively engaging in trading
  • The business must NOT be in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a strike off notice or under notice
  • Businesses must not that have hit the maximum subsidy allowance rules

Full details of the scheme can be found at Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant - Guidance for Local Authorities on the Gov.UK website

For more information on how the Council collects and processes your personal data, please see the Business Grants Privacy Notice.

You can claim the grant using the Grant Approval website. You will need to register before being able to apply.


Please note all evidence must be submitted with your application.