On 21 December 2021, the chancellor announced a new one-off ‘Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant’ to support hospitality, leisure, and accommodation businesses and organisations most impacted by the Omicron variant and which offer in-person services in fixed, VOA-rated premises.
All businesses previously awarded a COVID-19 business grant have been assessed against the eligibility criteria for the ‘Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant’ and eligible businesses have been contacted via email to outline the action required to claim the grant.
There is no open application process for this grant because eligible businesses have been contacted directly.
The scheme is a central Government grant with eligibility criteria and deadlines set by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS); it is only administered by the local authority. Fylde Council have no discretion on the criteria for this grant.
To qualify for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant a business must be in the Fylde Council area, and:
- Provide in-person services to the public from the VOA-rated premises – the main service and activity of the business must take place on the premises
- Were trading on 30 December 2021
- Were the liable party for business rates at the premises on 30 December 2021. Businesses on the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) ratings list which are zero-rated or exempt are included as eligible.
- Not be in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made
- Is in the hospitality, leisure, or accommodation sector as described below:
For the purposes of this grant, this includes businesses whose main function is to provide an in-person venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink to the public. Food and/or drink is consumed on the premises, including outdoors.
- Food kiosks
- Businesses whose main service (generating 50% or more of total income) is a takeaway
For the purposes of this grant, this includes businesses that provide opportunities, in-person intangible experiences (if in addition to goods, the business must be able to prove the in-person leisure activity contributes to over 50% of turnover) and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events and days and nights out.
- All retail
- Coach tour operators, and tour operators
- Dance and fitness studios, sports centres and clubs, sports courts, swimming pools, golf courses
- All gyms and sports businesses where physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual basis or group basis
For the purposes of this grant, this includes businesses whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel or other ‘away from home’ short-term work or leisure purposes.
- Private dwellings
- Education accommodation
- Residential homes
- Care homes
- Residential family centres
- Beach huts
Businesses that do not have a business rate account are not eligible for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant.
How much is the grant?
The amount awarded depends on the rateable value of the business premises:
|Rateable value of premises||One-off Omicron grant payment|
|£15,000 or under||£2,667|
|£51,000 or over||£6,000|
You can find the rateable value of your premises on your latest business rates bill.
Do the rules about subsidies apply?
The Brexit transition period has ended and new rules on subsidy control now apply. The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant is a subsidy. If a receiving a grant may mean that your business (or any group of which it forms part) has had £1,950,000 or more in subsidies in the last three years, we will need to ask you for more information, and you are invited to contact us directly regarding your business. You can read more on the rules about subsidies here.
How to apply
All businesses previously awarded a COVID-19 business grant have been assessed against the eligibility criteria and those eligible have been contacted via email to outline the action required to claim the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant. Please check your junk/spam folder for this email, no further reminders will be sent.
If you believe you are eligible after reading all the information on this webpage and you are the person responsible for the business rates account at your premises but have not yet received communication from Fylde Council regarding the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant, please check the spam or junk folder of your email account. If you have not received the email then contact email@example.com with all the following information:
- Business rates account number
- A copy of your latest business rates bill
- The trading name of the business
- A description of the business
- A description of the in-person services offered at the fixed rate-paying premises
- Evidence that proves the in-person service in the eligible sector amounts to over 50% of the turnover of the business
The deadline to apply for the grant is Tuesday 15 February 2022 however we would encourage all eligible businesses who have been invited via email to take the required action as soon as possible.
What happens next?
The Grants Team are working hard to make payments to eligible businesses who have applied as quickly as possible.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has required additional pre-payment checks for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant and every business will be subjected to these additional checks with the National Fraud Initiative agency before a payment can be issued. Where inconclusive feedback is received from the agency, we will require additional information from the business to process a payment. Those businesses affected will be emailed with a request for the additional information required.
Please do not contact the Council to chase payment. If you do not receive further correspondence, then we have all the information needed and a payment will be made as soon as possible. Chasing progress by telephone or email may result in delays; please allow time to deal with the grant processes. You will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org when the payment is issued, there are no further updates available at this time.
The deadline for the Council to make payments of the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant is 31 March 2022 however we are making payments to all eligible businesses as soon as possible.
Thank you for your patience.
Fylde Council takes a zero-tolerance approach to deliberate manipulation and fraud. Any business falsifying records to obtain grants for which they are not entitled will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to clawback. If you suspect a business of fraudulent activity in relation to COVID grant support, you can report it at this link.