Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant: apply now

Oldham businesses can now apply for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant. 

The latest coronavirus business grant will see eligible businesses receive one off grants of up to £6,000. 

Businesses in the leisure, hospitality and accommodation sectors can apply including pubs, restaurants and cafes, soft play, wedding and event venues and more. Accommodation businesses such as B&Bs, hotels and guest houses are also eligible. 

The grants are being distributed by Oldham Council and applications can be made at www.oldham.gov.uk/omicrongrant 

We will also be writing to local businesses within the leisure, hospitality and accommodation sectors to tell them about the scheme and how to apply.  

The latest grant scheme is available for hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses which pay business rates with grants awarded as follows: 

Rateable Value of business:     
£15,000 or below – one off grant of £2,667
£15,001–£50,999 – one off grant of £4,000 
£51,000 or over – one off grant of £6,000 
Businesses must apply for the grant before Thursday 24 February 2022, when the scheme will close. 

Eligible businesses
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 and historic houses  Theatres  Zoos and safari parks  Amusement parks  Wedding venues  Events venues  Night clubs and discotheques  Arenas  Concert halls  Tourist attractions  Theme parks  Amusement arcades  Soft play centres or areas  Indoor riding centres  Clubs and institutions  Village halls and scout huts,  cadet huts, etc. 

Accommodation    Caravan parks  Caravan sites and pitches  Chalet parks  Coaching inns  Country house hotels  Guesthouses  Hostels  Hotels  Lodge  Holiday apartments,  Cottages or bungalows  Campsites  Boarding houses  Canal boats or other vessels  B&Bs  Catered holiday homes  Holiday homes

Ineligible businesses include those: Not on the rating list In administration, insolvent or where a striking off notice has been made That have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances Not trading on 30 December 2021 Not in the Hospitality, Leisure or Accommodation sectors and/or where 50% or more of the overall business does not fall into one of these categories 

The guidance issued by the Government also excludes the following businesses: All retail businesses Coach tour operators, and tour operators Private dwellings Education accommodation, 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) Residential homes, care homes and residential family centres  For more information, full eligibility criteria and to make an application, visit www.oldham.gov.uk/omicrongrant 

When applying you must answer all the questions on the form and include a recent copy of your bank statement. 

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