Additional Restrictions Grant (Omicron) Scheme

The government has provided a further small round of funding to all local authorities to support businesses in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors that have been affected by the rise in the Omicron variant.

If your business is registered from business-rated premises and in these sectors you may be eligible for the mandatory Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

If you have previously applied for the mandatory Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant and your application was refused you may be eligible for this grant if your business meets the criteria below.

Is my business eligible?

Your business must have been trading on 30 December 2021 and may be eligible if you can evidence it has been severely impacted by the rise of the Omicron variant and travel restrictions. 

Your business must also be in the following sectors:

• Hospitality – food-related businesses and their suppliers but not including takeaways;

• Leisure and Events, such as exhibitions and fairs and their suppliers e.g., audio equipment, organisers; gyms and sports businesses. Please note personal care businesses like hairdressers and beauticians are NOT considered to be the leisure sector and are therefore not eligible.

• Accommodation providers and their suppliers;

• Travel agents and associated travel/tourism suppliers e.g. boarding kennels;

• Travel coach services.

Is my business not eligible?

The following businesses are not eligible for this grant:

  • Businesses that are not in the hospitality, leisure, and retail sectors 
  • Retail businesses and personal care type businesses (hairdressers, beauticians) are excluded
  • Businesses that have already reached the state aid limit
  • Businesses that are subject to insolvency or striking off action

The full eligibility criteria can be viewed in the scheme's policy

How much will I receive?

The amount of grant awarded in this scheme is based on business premises rateable Value (RV) or costs. All eligible businesses will receive one grant per, in line with the criteria for Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant. In addition, eligible home-based or mobile businesses may receive a lower amount.

If you already receive state aid

The Additional Restrictions Grant counts towards state aid. Please see the Government website for further details.

If you proceed to make an application, we will ask you to complete a declaration confirming that you will not exceed the relevant State aid threshold.

Tax implications

Grant income received by a business is taxable. The Additional Restrictions Grant will need to be included as income in the tax return of your business.

Applications for this grant have now closed

Applications closed 25 February 2022. Applications will be considered during the application window, and payments made to eligible businesses the week commencing 28 February.

The funding for this grant is limited and applications will be considered on a first come first serve basis. 

The decision to award or reject a grant payment is at the discretion of Selby District Council.