Coronavirus (COVID-19) business grants

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Omicron variant business support

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme provides support to hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses. The closing date for registration is 28 February 2022.

The Omicron Additional Restrictions Grant is a discretionary grant for businesses impacted by the Omicron variant are not eligible for an Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant.

Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

This page is about Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grants for the period from 30 December 2021 – go to support for businesses for advice on other grants.

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme provides support to hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses, in recognition that the rise of the Omicron variant means some businesses are likely to struggle during the weeks from December 2021.

Eligible businesses may be entitled to a one-off cash grant of up to £6,000.

The closing date for registration is 28 February 2022.

Who is eligible

Your business may be eligible to claim this grant from us if the business:

  • is in the hospitality, leisure or accommodation sectors, except those listed below
  • gets more than 50% of its trade from in-person services for the public at their business premises in Thurrock
  • pays business rates
  • was trading on 30 December 2021

Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant cannot be claimed by:

  • retail businesses
  • businesses that get 50% or more of their income as a food takeaway, excluding those that have adapted to offer takeaways during periods of restrictions
  • food kiosks
  • tour operators or coach tour operators
  • personal care businesses – for example, hairdressers or beauty salons
  • private dwellings
  • education accommodation
  • residential homes or care homes
  • residential family centres
  • beach huts

You cannot get funding if your business:

  • is in administration, insolvent or has been struck off the Companies House register
  • has exceeded the permitted subsidy allowance – see notes below

How much you may get

Eligible businesses will, for each premises included on the local rating list for business rates on 1 April 2021, receive a payment of:

  • £2,667, if its rateable value is £15,000 or under
  • £4,000, if its rateable value is more than £15,000 and less than £51,000
  • £6,000, if its rateable value is more than £51,000

Subsidy allowances

You cannot get funding from the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme if your business has exceeded the permitted subsidy allowance. This scheme is covered by 3 subsidy allowances:

  • Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance – you're allowed up to £335,000 (subject to exchange rates) over any period of 3 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 3 allowances can be combined for a potential total allowance of up to £12,235,000 (subject to exchange rates).

Before registering for an Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant, you should read our full guidance on COVID-19 business grant subsidy allowances.

When registering, you will be asked to select from a range of subsidy thresholds, telling us which range covers the total amount of relevant subsidies your business has received. Depending on the option you select, we may contact you to ask for full details. We will not be able to process your registration until we receive these details, which must include individual payment dates and amounts.

We cannot give further advice on subsidy allowances. If you need help to complete the subsidy allowances section of the form, you should seek assistance from a qualified accountant.

Registering for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme

If your business is eligible, you should complete this registration even if you have completed similar registrations or applications for other coronavirus (COVID-19) business support.

You should complete a separate registration for each eligible property that is registered for business rates in Thurrock. You will be asked to provide:

  • the property's business rates reference – this is a 10-digit number starting '14'
  • the 5-digit Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code for the main activity of your business – this will either be as stated on your Companies House listing or, if you don't have one, check the Companies House: condensed SIC code list and choose the code that best matches your business

The form will ask you to upload clear photos or scanned images of documents as evidence to support your registration.

All submissions will be checked thoroughly – action will be taken against any fraudulent claims.

You must let us know if your situation changes and you no longer meet the eligibility criteria.

The closing date for registration is 28 February 2022. The final payment date for grants will be 31 March 2022.

Register for an Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant