Additional Business Support Grants

Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

Before Christmas the Government announced the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme to support Hospitality, Leisure and Accommodation businesses who had their trading impacted by the surge in cases caused by the Omicron variant.

This is a one-off grant scheme which must be paid to businesses by March 31st 2022. Please note following guidance from Government, the closing date for applications is Sunday February 13, 2022.

This scheme will be administered in line with Government requirements.

Who is eligible?

Grants are available for businesses that have a Business Rates account as of Thursday December 30, 2021 and operate within the Leisure, Hospitality and Accommodation sectors including:

Support Type Types of Business
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 & historic houses Theatres, Events venues, Night clubs & discotheques, Arenas, Concert halls Zoos & safari parks, Amusement parks, Tourist attractions, Theme parks Amusement arcades, Wedding venues Soft play centres or areas Clubs & institutions, Village halls & scout huts, cadet huts, etc.
Accommodation Caravan parks, Caravan sites and pitches, Chalet parks, Campsites Coaching inns, Country house hotels, Guest houses, Hostels, Boarding houses Hotels, Lodge, Holiday apartments, Cottages, or bungalows Canal boats or other vessels B&Bs, Catered holiday homes, Holiday homes

Businesses will only be eligible where their main service falls within hospitality, leisure, or accommodation. If your business operates services that could be considered hospitality, leisure or accommodation, and falls into another category, the main service will be determined by assessing which category constitutes 50% or more of the overall income.

For the purpose of this scheme the following exclusions apply:

  • Hospitality - the definition of a hospitality business should exclude food kiosks and businesses whose main service (generating 50% or more of income) is a takeaway
  • Leisure - the definition of a leisure business should exclude all retail businesses, coach tour operators, and tour operators
  • Accommodation - the definition of an accommodation business should exclude private dwellings, education accommodation, residential homes, care homes, residential family centres and beach huts.

Who isn't eligible?

Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme for the purposes of this grant.

Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State aid permitted under the de minimis and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework.

Businesses that were not registered for Business Rates on Thursday December 30, 2021.

Funding amounts

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant will support eligible businesses in the Leisure and Hospitality sectors with one-off grants of up to £6,000. The following thresholds apply for these businesses:

  • Businesses occupying premises with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on December 30, 2021 will receive a payment of £2,667.
  • Businesses occupying premises with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on December 30, 2021 will receive a payment of £4,000.
  • Businesses occupying premises with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on December 30, 2021 will receive a payment of £6,000.

How do I apply?

Stratford on Avon District Council Omicron ARG Policy - January 2022


Additional Omicron Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) funding has been provided by Government to support businesses who have been severely impacted by the rise of the Omicron variant but are unable to access the main Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant Scheme.

How do I apply?

All eligible businesses need to apply for a grant regardless of whether they've applied to previous grant schemes or not. The application process will be online.

New applications can be submitted until 23:59pm on Sunday 13 February 2022.

No applications will be accepted after this point.

If you have any queries or need more information, please contact

Contact: the Revenues & Benefits team

Last updated on 24/01/2022