Business support grants: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Last Updated: 24 January 2022

On 21 December 2021, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced further financial support for businesses most impacted by Omicron

Two new grants administered by local authorities will be available to businesses as follows:

  • Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (now open)
  • Additional Restrictions Grant Round four (not yet open)

Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (now open)

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.

Before applying, please refer to the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant Eligibility List (PDF 238KB / 3 pages). This lists eligible businesses and exclusions to the scheme.

The support will be a one-off grant, available for businesses trading on the 30 December and listed on the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) business ratings list on 30 December only.

Grant amounts available
Rateable value

One-off grant

award amount

Rateable value of £15,000 or under £2,667
Rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 £4,000
Rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over £6,000

All grant income received by a business is taxable. This grant is subject to subsidy allowance rules (see below).

Before applying, please refer to Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant Checklist (PDF 239 / 2 pages). This will help you gather the relevant information to support your online application.

You should prepare this before starting your application, as you cannot save and return to the application at a later date, it must be completed once you start the application. This includes declaring all COVID-19 business grants your business has received to date. We cannot give you this information, instead please check your bank statements and refer to our COVID-19 Business Grants Overview document (PDF 134KB / 1 page).

Apply for an Omicron Grant

Applications will need to be submitted no later than 28 February 2022 at midday. Applications cannot be submitted after this deadline.

Additional Restrictions Grant (Not yet open)

The Government have announced a fourth and final allocation amount to local authorities for the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG), to support businesses severely impacted by the rise of the Omicron variant, whereby grants will be issued at the discretion of the local authority and will be based on local economic need.

We have now received the allocation from Government, which is significantly lower than previous ARG top ups. This means we will not be able to support as many businesses as we have through previous discretionary schemes, and the eligibility criteria will be very limited for this final round.

We are now working on drafting an eligibility criteria which will look to help those most severely impacted by the spread of the Omicron variant.

A policy document setting out the full eligibility criteria will appear here in due course.

A link to the online application form will appear here when available.

GOV.UK have information on further financial support for businesses during coronavirus (COVID-19).

Previous Grant Schemes (March 2020-August 2021)

To keep your records up to date of all grants schemes that we have administered since March 2020, and help you track which payments you have received through the various different grant schemes, see our COVID-19 Business Grants Overview (PDF 134KB / 1 page).

We are now undertaking reconciliation processes for all business grants administered by SLDC to date on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. We are not able to accept any appeals where previous grants may have been missed, though if you do decide you want to pay the grant back or think you over claimed, please see below on who to contact.

Subsidy allowance information

Subsidy allowance has now replaced State Aid following the end of the transition period and the UK’s exit from the EU.

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant and Additional Restrictions Grant schemes are covered by three subsidy allowances:

  • Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance: you’re allowed up to £335,000 (subject to exchange rates) over any period of three years
  • COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance: you’re allowed up to £1,900,000
  • COVID-19 Business Grant Special Allowance: if you have reached your limits under the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance and COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance, you may be able to access a further allowance of funding under these scheme rules of up to £10,000,000 provided certain conditions are met

Grants under these three allowances can be combined for a potential total allowance of up to £12,235,000 (subject to exchange rates and certain conditions being met).

Further details are available in the Subsidy Allowance overview (PDF 268KB / 5 pages). Alternatively, visit GOV.UK Complying with the UK’s International Obligations on Subsidy Control.

Similar to previous grant schemes that were subject to State Aid regulations, businesses should keep a record of all grants received to date for Subsidy Control purposes. All grants are taxable and should be classed as business income, as per the Government guidelines on all COVID-19 business grants.

To keep your records up to date of all grants schemes that we have administered since March 2020, and help you track which payments you have received through the various different grant schemes, please refer to our Business Grants Overview document (134KB / 1 page).

Contacts

To report a change in your business rated property that might impact your grant eligibility or rates eligibility, please email: counciltax@southlakeland.gov.uk

To report a missing payment, a grant overpayment or a suspected fraudulent business grant claim, please email: businessgrants@southlakeland.gov.uk

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