Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant


The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme provides a one-off grant to hospitality, leisure, and accommodation businesses, occupying premises liable for business rates.

The aim is to support business 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

Please note: If your business is not liable for business rates or is not an eligible type for this scheme, you may instead be eligible to apply for an Additional Restrictions Grant.

Your business may be eligible for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant if it:

  • was liable for business rates on the 30 December 2021;
  • was trading on the 30 December 2021, and is continuing to trade;
  • has not exceeded the maximum permitted subsidy allowances, and;
  • is not in administration, insolvent or a striking-off notice has been made against it

For the purposes of this scheme, government guidelines state that:

  • hospitality can be defined as a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink. Hospitality excludes the following businesses:- 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)
  • leisure can be defined as a business that provides opportunities, experiences, and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events and days and nights out. Leisure excludes the following businesses:- all retail businesses, coach tour operators, and tour operators
  • accommodation can be defined as a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel, or other purposes. Accommodation excludes the following businesses:- private dwellings, education accommodation, residential homes, care homes, residential family centres and beach huts