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Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

Find out if your business is eligible for a grant payment if your business is in the hospitality (defined as accommodation, food and beverage services) and leisure premises.

What is the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant?

The government announced on 21 December 2021 additional economic support to help businesses who have been most impacted 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 and meet the eligibility criteria must complete a new application form.

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

Applications for this grant closed on 18 March 2022, with final payments being made by 31 March 2022. If you do not provide evidence as requested in the application or a follow up request from a member of staff before 23 March 2022, your application will be rejected. 

Who can claim this funding?

Businesses who occupy properties on the Valuation Office Agency Commercial rating List only and who are the registered 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. 

This table sets 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.

 Support type   Types of businesses
 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

Are there any exclusions that apply? 

Exclusions 

The definition of a hospitality business excludes:

  • 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 excludes:

  • all retail businesses, coach tour operators, and gyms and sports businesses where physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual basis or group basis.
The definition of an accommodation business excludes
  • 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: 

  • Businesses which were not trading on 30 December 2021 
  • Businesses that occupy premises that were not listed on the commercial rating list on 30 December 2021
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances (previously known as State Aid) 
  • 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 and gyms and sports businesses where physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual basis or group basis 
  • Accommodation businesses where they are private dwellings, education accommodation, residential homes, care homes, residential family centres, beach huts.  

This list is not exhaustive.

How much will I receive?

Eligible businesses on the commercial rating list will received a one-off grant based on the rateable value of the business premises on 30 December 2021.

 Rateable Value   One off grant
 RV of exactly £15,000 or under  £2,667
 RV of £15,001 but less than £51,000  £4,000
 RV of £51,000 and over  £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 provide a personal bank account. Payments will be delayed where personal bank details are provided.

How do I apply for the grant?

Applications for this grant have now closed. 

Government has asked councils to request that businesses apply for the grant and provide supporting evidence to support the grant in order for the Council to check eligibility. 

Before completing the application form, please have the following items of evidence available as you will be required to upload the evidence with your form. If you do not provide this evidence your application will be rejected. 

Evidence Required  Further information
Nature of your business  If your business also includes services not within the hospitality, leisure or accommodation sector. Please indicate the % of overall income derived from the hospitality, leisure or accommodation services. Please provide supporting evidence to demonstrate that more than 50% of your business income is from hospitality, leisure, or accommodation. Suggested evidence: A statement from a Chartered Accountant or other financial evidence. If 100% of your business income is from hospitality, leisure, or accommodation, we will not require this evidence.
Business Website We will require the link to your business website 
Business Rates account number  Business rates account number can be found on your business rates bill. If you do not have this, please email business.rates@eastriding.gov.uk who will send you a statement of account to your business address. Please note that we will NOT provide this number over the phone or by email for Fraud purposes.
Evidence of Trading To be eligible for the grant you must have been trading on 30 December 2021 and you must provide evidence of this, for example: 
  • Bank Statements
  • Receipts
  • Order book
  • Invoices
  • Utility bills
  • Link to holiday accommodation booking
Bank account You are required to upload a copy of your bank statement for the account you wish the grant to be paid into showing the name of account holder, sort code and account number. The name on your bank account must match the liable party name on your business rate account. 

We may share this data with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The BEIS privacy notice, setting out how BEIS will handle personal data across all COVID-19 business grant schemes, can be found here:

GOV.UK - BEIS COVID-19 business support grant schemes: privacy notice (external website)

Please note: The closing date for applications to be received was 18 March 2022.

What is Subsidy Allowance?

The United Kingdom remains bound by its international commitments, including subsidy obligations set out in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) with the EU. We have detailed below for reference the types of allowances.

Please note: you must provide any allowances received on the application form and provide any necessary documentation if requested by the council.

Small Amounts of Financial Assistance

Grants may be paid in accordance with Article 364(4) of the TCA, which enables an applicant to receive up to a maximum level of subsidy without engaging Chapter 3 of the TCA. This allowance is up to 325,000 Special Drawing Rights, to a single economic actor over a rolling period of three fiscal years (the “Relevant Period”), which is the equivalent of £335,000 as at 2 March 20211.

COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance

Where the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance has been reached or an applicant has elected not to receive a grant under this allowance, grants may be paid in compliance with the Principles set out in Article 366 of the TCA and in compliance with Article 364(3) of the TCA under the COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance (subsidies granted on a temporary basis to respond to a national or global economic emergency).

For the purposes of the COVID-19 Business Grant Schemes, this allowance is £1,900,000 per single economic actor. This allowance includes any grants previously received under other COVID-19 Business Grant Schemes using the COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance and any State aid previously received under Section 3.1 of the European Commission’s Temporary Framework across any other UK scheme.

This may be combined with the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance to equal £2,235,000 (subject to the exact amount applicable under the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance using the Special Drawing Right calculator, and any other support an applicant has received under the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance in the Relevant Period). 

COVID-19 Business Grant Special Allowance

Where an applicant has reached its limit under the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance and COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance, it may be able to access a further allowance of funding under the COVID-19 Business Grant Schemes of up to £10,000,000 per single economic actor, provided the following conditions are met: 

  • a. The Special Allowance covers only the applicant’s uncovered fixed costs incurred during the period between 1 March 2020 and the date of application, including such costs incurred in any part of that period (‘eligible period’)
  • b. Applicants must demonstrate a decline in turnover during the eligible period of at least 30% compared to the same period in 2019. The calculation of losses will be based on audited accounts or official statutory accounts filed at Companies House, or approved accounts submitted to HMRC which includes information on the applicant’s profit and loss
  • c. ‘Uncovered fixed costs’ means fixed costs not otherwise covered by profit, insurance or other subsidies
  • d. The grant payment must not exceed 70% of the applicant’s uncovered fixed costs, except for micro and small enterprises (for the purposes of this scheme defined as less than 50 employees and less than £9,000,000 of annual turnover and/or annual balance sheet), where the grant payment must not exceed 90% of the uncovered fixed costs
  • e. Grant payments under this allowance must not exceed £10,000,000 per single economic actor. This allowance includes any subsidies previously received in accordance with Section 3.12 of the European Commission’s Temporary Framework or previously received under the COVID-19 Business Grant Schemes using this COVID-19 Business Grant Special Allowance; all figures used must be gross, that is, before any deduction of tax or other charge
  • f. Grants provided under this allowance shall not be cumulated with other subsidies for the same costs.

 

For the avoidance of doubt, grants under the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance, the COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance and the COVID19 Business Grant Special Allowance may be combined for a potential total allowance of £12,235,000 (taking into account all grants previously received under the COVID-19 business grants schemes and subject to the exact amount applicable under the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance using the Special Drawing Right calculator and the three fiscal year period applicable to the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance).

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