Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme

This page relates specifically to business Omicron Grants from the 30 December 2021 onwards.

Please do not contact us directly about this grant scheme, we are busy working to get this application process launched as soon as possible.

Please note this scheme has now closed.  Final payments will be made by 31 March 2022.

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme is a new one-off grant provided by the government for businesses that fit all of the following criteria:

  1. Businesses that occupy properties that are in the ratings list
  2. Businesses that were trading on 30 December 2021
    Trading is carrying on a trade  or profession or buying and selling goods or services in order to generate turnover, including:

    • Businesses that continue to trade online, via delivery services etc.
    • Businesses not in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking of notice or under notice
    • Businesses engaged in business activity – managing accounts, preparing for reopening, planning and implementing COVID-safe measures
  3. Business that are in the following sectors:
    • Hospitality
    • Leisure
    • Accommodation
  4. Businesses must offer ‘in-person’ services from the premises that they are applying for
    • A business would not be eligible if its in-person activity does not take place within the rated property. This means that suppliers of services to the events and hospitality industries (for example), would not be eligible for an Omicron Grant, unless their properties main use is to provide direct in-person services specifically in the hospitality or leisure industry to members of the public.
  5. Businesses that are within the Subsidy Allowance Limits


How much will be awarded?

The grants will be awarded as follows:

Business types Rateable value
£15,000 and under £15,001-£50,999 £51,000 +
Qualifying hospitality, accommodation, leisure £2,667 £4,000 £6,000

Businesses will be eligible for this support from 30 December 2021. Subject to subsidy allowance conditions (previously referred to as State Aid), businesses will be entitled to receive a grant for each eligible property. Some businesses may receive more than one grant where they have more than one eligible property.

Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances will not be eligible to receive funding. Please see further detail regarding subsidy allowances below.

Information we need to issue Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grants

The government require us to record the following information for all grants issued:

  • Name of business
  • Business Trading address including postcode
  • Unique identifier – ONE of the following
    • Company Reference Number (preferable)
    • VAT Registration Number
    • Self- Assessment/Partnership Number
    • National Insurance Number
    • Unique Taxpayer Reference
    • Registered Charity Number
  • High level SIC Code (codes can be found at the bottom of this page)
  • Nature of Business
  • Date business established
  • Number of employees
  • Business rate account number 
  • Cumulative total of previous funding received under all COVID-19 business grants schemes

We know that we have most of this information from earlier grant applications, however, the Government has asked us to collect a new application form for each Omicron Grant we consider.

We have tried to keep the application process as simple as possible for you and as similar as can be to earlier forms you may have completed. You can get ready to apply by gathering together all of the information listed above so you have it to hand when the application form is ready for you to complete.


What happens next?

Once we have your application, we will check the information provided to confirm we have everything we need to make your payment.

We are expecting a large number of applications to be received in the first few weeks of the scheme. We have a team in place ready to deal with these and have the valuable experience of dealing with the prior Covid-19 grant schemes, so we aim to review and pay all eligible claims within 28 days of receipt, but hope many will be paid much quicker than this.

To help us help you quicker, we ask that you wait at least 28 days from submission of your application before contacting us to chase your payment and that you check your bank account for payment before doing so. The more customer enquiries we have to deal with, the slower the overall process will be.  If we need more information from you to process your claim, we will contact you using the telephone number and/or email address on your application form.

If you have not heard from us or received payment within 28 days, please also check your Junk or Spam folders before contacting us, to see if we have tried to contact you.

Subsidy allowance

Subsidy allowance has now replaced State Aid following the end of the transition period and the UK’s exit from the EU.

The Omicron Grant scheme is covered by three subsidy allowances:

  1. Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance: you’re allowed up to £335,000 (subject to exchange rates) over any rolling period of 3 years
  2. COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance: you’re allowed up to £1,900,000;
  3. COVID-19 Business Grant Special Allowance: if you have reached your limits under the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance and COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance, you may be able to access a further allowance of funding under these scheme rules of up to £10,000,000, provided certain conditions are met.

Grants under these three allowances can be combined for a potential total allowance of up to £12,235,000 (subject to exchange rates and certain conditions being met).

Further details are available in the Subsidy Allowance overview. Alternatively, visit GOV.UK Complying with the UK’s International Obligations on Subsidy Control.


High level SIC codes

A Agriculture, forestry and fishing
B Mining and quarrying
C Manufacturing
D Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply
E Water supply, sewerage, waste management and remediation activities
F Construction
G Wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
H Transportation and storage
I Accommodation and food service activities
J Information and communication
K Financial and insurance activities
L Real estate activities
M Professional, scientific and technical activities
N Administrative and support service activities
O Public administration and defence, compulsory social security
P Education
Q Human health and social work activities
R Arts, entertainment and recreation
S Other service activities
T Activities of households as employers, undifferentiated goods and services producing activities of households for own use
U Activities of extraterritorial organisations and bodies



Eligible businesses

Support type Type of business
Hospitality Food courts, public houses/pub restaurants, roadside restaurants, wine bars, cafes, restaurants.
Leisure 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, Indoor riding centres, Clubs & institutions, Village halls & scout huts, cadet huts, etc.
Accommodation 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.


Which businesses are not eligible?

Excluded businesses include those that are not in the rating system, long-term empty or undergoing major works on 30 December 2021, and those that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances.

Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme. Other businesses not eligible are listed below, please note the lists are not exhaustive:

Type of business
Leisure All retail businesses, coach tour operators, tour operators, dance and fitness studios, sports centres and clubs, swimming pools and golf courses.
Hospitality Food kiosks and businesses whose main service 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).
Accommodation Private dwellings, education accommodation, residential homes, care homes, residential family centres and beach huts.



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