Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant Scheme

Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant Scheme

Omicron Grant Period 4th January 2022- Closing Date 13th February 2022

 

Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

General

  • Businesses must be listed on the business ratings list on the 30th December 2021 to apply
  • The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant is a one-off grant
  • To qualify businesses must have been trading on the 30th December 2021
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowance (previously state aid) are excluded
  • Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made are excluded 

 

Who is it for?

The primary principle of the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme is to support businesses that offer in-person services, where the main service and activity takes place in fixed rate paying premises, in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors.

 

We will look at the following criteria when assessing your eligibility for the grant scheme:-

 

Hospitality

Hospitality businesses are defined as businesses whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink. We will look at the following criteria:

  • Does the business offer in-person food and drink services to the general public; or
  • Is it a business that provides food and/or drink to be consumed on the premises (including outdoors)

The following businesses are excluded from the Hospitality classification:

  • Food kiosks
  • Businesses whose main service is a takeaway (this does not apply to those who have adapted to offer takeaways during periods of restriction)

Leisure

Leisure businesses are defined as businesses that provide opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events and days and nights out. We will look at the following criteria:

  • Does the business provide in-person, intangible experiences in addition to goods?
  • Does the business rely on seasonal labour?
  • Does the business assume particular public safety responsibilities?
  • Does the business operate with irregular hours through day, night and weekends?

The following businesses are excluded from the Leisure classification:

  • All retail businesses
  • Coach tour operators
  • Tour operators
  • Telescopes

Accommodation

Accommodation businesses are defined as businesses whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes. We will look at the following criteria:

  • Does the business provide accommodation for ‘away from home' stays for work or leisure purposes?
  • Does the business provide accommodation for short-term leisure and holiday purposes?

The following businesses are excluded from the Accommodation classification:

  • Private dwellings
  • Education accommodation
  • Residential homes and care homes
  • Residential family centres

PLEASE NOTE- The proposed lists and exclusions above are not intended to be exhaustive and it will be for Rossendale Borough Council to determine those cases where eligibility is unclear.

How much is the grant?

  • Rateable value £15K and under - £2,667 one-off Payment
  • Rateable value more than £15K and less than £51K -  £4,000 one-off payment
  • Rateable value £51K and above - £6,000 one-off payment

 

How to Apply?

Before you apply, you must have the following information available to complete your application:

  • Your 8 digit Business Rates reference. This begins with a 5 or 6 and can be found on your latest Business Rates bill or letter.
  • VAT registration number (if applicable)
  • UTR number (if applicable)
  • Company registration number (if applicable)
  • Charity registration number (if applicable)
  • Bank Details

Omicron Grant Application

Business Grant Subsidy Allowance (previously referred to as State aid)

The EU State aid rules no longer apply to subsidies granted in the UK following the end of the transition period, which ended on 31 December 2020.

Businesses who receive awards of Government grant funding such as the Local Restrictions Support Grant are required to comply with the Business Grant Subsidy Allowance rules.

Full details of the Business Grant Subsidy Allowance scheme can be found here

Fraud

You may face prosecution if you have manipulated or falsified your position in order to obtain these payments.

Any payment made as a result of fraud will be subject to claw back.

The Government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud – and any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back, as may any grants paid in error.