Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

This grant closed for applications on the 18 March 2022.

The Government announced a one-off grant scheme on 21 December 2021 to support hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses, in recognition that the rise of the Omicron variant means that some businesses are likely to struggle over the coming weeks.

The scheme is for businesses on the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) list, and the amount of grant payable is based on the rateable value of these premises.

Grant Payments:

Category  Rateable value  One-off payment 
Small  £1 to £15,000 £2,667
Medium  £15,001 to £50,999 £4000
Large  £51,000 and above £6000

Is my business eligible? 

Your business may be eligible if your business is registered to a property in the business rates list, offers in-person services and is in the hospitality, leisure or accommodation sectors. Please note this grant does not extend to non-essential retail businesses and businesses such as hairdressers, barbers and personal care providers (beauty) as they do not fall within the definition of supported businesses from the government guidance.

Support may be available for businesses in these sectors who are not in the local business rating list through the Discretionary Additional Restrictions Grant, the Government is allocating further funding for this scheme. We are still waiting for more information, please keep checking our website for details.  

Hospitality definition a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink. Businesses offering in-person food and drink services to the general public and provide food and/or drink to be consumed on the premises, including outdoors.

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

For these purposes, the definition of a leisure business should exclude: all retail businesses, coach tour operators, tour operators, and gyms and sports businesses where physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual basis or group basis. 

Accommodation definition an accommodation business can be defined as a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel or other purposes.

Is my business ineligible?

The following businesses are not eligible for this grant:

  • Businesses that are not in the VOA rating list
  • Businesses that have already reached the state aid limit
  • Businesses which are subject to insolvency or striking off action are not eligible for funding under this scheme

If you already receive state aid:

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant counts towards state aid.

Payments count towards the total de minimis State aid you are allowed to receive over a 3-year period. If you have reached the threshold, you could still be eligible for funding under the Covid-19 Temporary Framework.

You should not make an application if an award would mean you will exceed the relevant State aid threshold.

Tax implications

Grant income received by a business is taxable. The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant will need to be included as income in the tax return of your business.