Grants for Hospitality and Leisure Businesses
Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant - Closed
On 21 December 2021 the Chancellor announced that businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors in England will be eligible for one-off grants. Guidance for the scheme was published on 30 December 2021. The scheme provides support to 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.
Who is eligible for this grant?
Where a grant is issued, the business that according to the billing authority’s records was the ratepayer in respect of the hereditament on 30 December 2021 is eligible to receive the grant.
Businesses that are not liable for business rates will not be eligible to receive funding under this scheme. Businesses that are liable for business rates but receive 100% rate relief, so have nothing to pay, may be eligible if they meet the other criteria.
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 a fixed rate-paying premises, in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors. Businesses will only be eligible where their main service falls within hospitality, leisure or accommodation.
Please visit the government website for more detail about the eligibility criteria and an indicative list of businesses that fall into scope for hospitality, leisure and accommodation.
Businesses must have been trading on 30 December 2021 to be eligible to receive funding under this scheme.
How much is the grant?
The one-off payment for eligible businesses is:
- For properties with a rateable value of £15k or under - £2,667
- For properties with a rateable value of over £15k and below £51k - £4,000
- For properties with a rateable value of £51k or over - £6,000
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 the business. Only businesses that make an overall profit once grant income is included will be subject to tax.
Application Closure Date
The scheme will close for applications at 5pm on Friday 18 March 2022. No applications will be accepted after this time.
Prevention of Fraud
We may use any information provided for the prevention and detection of fraud under section 68 of the Serious Crime Act 2007 as part of the Government’s commitment to preventing fraud. Section 68 enables us to disclose information for the purposes of preventing fraud. Therefore, any fraudulent cases may result in prosecution. Any applicant who is awarded a grant but subsequently found to be ineligible will have the grant withdrawn and reimbursement will be required. Any business caught falsifying their records to gain grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back.
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