Submit an Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant application

What is this for?

To apply for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme. This scheme is only available to rate paying businesses.

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.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible to an Omicron Hospitality & Leisure Grant a business must:

  • be the ratepayer on the Billing Authorities records of the property on 30 December 2021.
  • have been trading on 30 December 2021 (for the purposes of this grant scheme, a business is considered to be trading if it is engaged in business activity. This should be interpreted as carrying on a trade or profession, or buying and selling goods or services in order to generate turnover. Fully constituted businesses in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking-off notice are not eligible under these conditions)
  • 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.
  • have its main service  within the hospitality, leisure or accommodation sectors, as set out in the government's guidance. Please see the following definitions and exclusions listed below. (If a business operates services that could be considered hospitality or leisure, and also fall into another category, the main service can be determined by assessing which category constitutes 50% or more of their overall income). 

Definition and examples of hospitality, Leisure & Accommodation businesses

Hospitality sector

Definition of hospitality sector

For the purposes of this scheme, a hospitality business can be defined as a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink.

We will use the following criteria to assess whether a business is eligible for a grant under this threshold:

  • Businesses offering in-person food and drink services to the general public.
  • Businesses that provide food and/or drink to be consumed on the premises, including outdoors.

Exclusions

For these purposes, the definition of a hospitality retail business should exclude:

  • 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).

Examples of eligible business types

In Annex A of the guidance for this scheme, the Government has provided a list of businesses that fall into scope for hospitality, leisure and accommodation. This list is not exhaustive, but indicative of the types of businesses that can be supported under this scheme. 

Annex A - Omicron Hospitality Leisure Grant - examples of eligible business types V2 (revised 12.1.2022)
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Leisure sector

Definition of Leisure sector

For the purposes of this scheme, a leisure business can be defined as a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events and days and nights out.

We will use the following criteria to assess whether a business is eligible for a grant under this threshold:

  • Businesses that may provide in-person intangible experiences in addition to goods.
  • Businesses that may rely on seasonal labour.
  • Businesses that may assume particular public safety responsibilities.
  • Businesses that may operate with irregular hours through day, night and weekends.

Exclusions

For these purposes, the definition of a leisure business should exclude:

  • all retail businesses,
  • coach tour operators,
  • tour operators,
  • and gyms and sports businesses where physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual basis or group basis (Gyms and sports businesses include dance and fitness studios; sports centres and clubs; sports courts; swimming pools and golf courses. This list is not exhaustive).

Please note that these exclusions were extended by the Government in their revised scheme guidance, issued 12 January 2022.

Examples of eligible business types

In Annex A of the guidance for this scheme, the Government has provided a list of businesses that fall into scope for hospitality, leisure and accommodation. This list is not exhaustive, but indicative of the types of businesses that can be supported under this scheme. 

Annex A - Omicron Hospitality Leisure Grant - examples of eligible business types V2 (revised 12.1.2022)
Download (123KB - PDF)

Accommodation sector

Definition of Accommodation sector

For the purposes of this scheme, an accommodation business can be defined as a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel or other purposes.

We will use the following criteria to assess whether a business is eligible for a grant under this threshold:

  • Businesses that provide accommodation for ‘away from home’ stays for work or leisure purposes.
  • Businesses that provide accommodation for short-term leisure and holiday purposes.

Exclusions

For these purposes, the definition of an accommodation business should exclude:

  • private dwellings,
  • education accommodation,
  • residential homes, care homes, residential family centres and,
  • beach huts.

Examples of eligible business types

In Annex A of the guidance for this scheme, the Government has provided a list of businesses that fall into scope for hospitality, leisure and accommodation. This list is not exhaustive, but indicative of the types of businesses that can be supported under this scheme. 

Annex A - Omicron Hospitality Leisure Grant - examples of eligible business types V2 (revised 12.1.2022)
Download (123KB - PDF)

Important information about this scheme

General exclusions under the OHLG scheme

In addition to the specific exclusions listed in each sector above, general exclusions to this scheme also include:

  • Businesses which do not fall within the eligible sectors and thresholds.
  • Businesses that are not within the ratings system will not be eligible to receive funding under the national rate paying business scheme. 
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted UK subsidy allowances will not be eligible to receive funding.
  • Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme.
  • Any changes to the rating list (rateable value or to the property) after 30 December 2021 should be ignored for the purposes of eligibility. Local Authorities are not required to adjust, pay or recover grants where the rating list is subsequently amended retrospectively to 30 December 2021.
  • Where we have reason to believe that the information that they hold about the ratepayer is inaccurate we may withhold or recover the grant and take reasonable steps to identify the correct ratepayer.

Grant amounts payable under the OHLG scheme

If eligible, rate paying businesses within the Hospitality, Leisure and Accommodation sector will be paid at the following rates. These are based on the Rateable Value (RV) of the business premises: 

Rateable Value

Grant amount payable

£15,000 and under

£2,667

£15,001 to £50,999

£4,000

£51,00 and over

£6,000

Fraud, Error or Non-compliance of applications

Where it is identified that any grant payment has been made as a result of error, fraud, or non-compliance, we are required to recover any grant awarded. Recovery is required, regardless of how any payment error may have occurred, and the grant recipient will be required to re-pay any grant paid in error.

Please be aware that any application made that is considered fraudulent will be fully investigated and will be reported to the National Anti-Fraud Network and Government.

Scheme Closure date

The Government requires that all grant payments must be paid to eligible businesses by 31 March 2022. In order to ensure all eligible payments can be made by this date, the application window will close at 17:00 on 28 February 2022.

 

What is it going to cost?

Free

What we need from you

You will need to:

  • Register for a MyDoncaster account if you haven’t already. This will allow you to track your enquiry. You will also be able to access additional online services offered by us.
  • Provide your Business Rates account and Property Reference number. These can be found on your bill.
  • Provide information about your business, including company number, VAT number, SIC code, number of employees, and the cumulative total of all Covid-19 support received to date.
  • Supply details about you, your business, and your business bank account so that a payment can be made to you if you are eligible for the grant. 
  • Provide a copy of a business bank account statement, clearly showing the bank account holder’s name, sort code, account number and business address (this must be a UK bank account).

If you do not supply the required information, this may cause a delay to your request being considered.

Before submitting an application, please check:

  • You are a business rates payer. You must have a business rates account number to submit an application. 
  • You have other information about your business close to hand, including company number, VAT number, SIC code, and the cumulative total of all Covid-19 support received to date.
  • That you have not breached UK Subsidy Rules.
  • That you are in a business from the Hospitality, Leisure or Accommodation sectors (please see definition and examples above) and meet the eligibility criteria listed above
  • That none of the exclusions apply to your business.
  • You have not already applied. Please do not submit repeat or speculative applications.
  • You have a recent bank statement (from within the last 3 months) in your business name available. This will need to be uploaded as part of your application.

What you should expect from us

Once submitted, we will check if you are eligible for a grant payment and make a payment to you as soon as possible, generally within 10 working days. If you are not eligible we will contact you by email to tell you why.

Please do not submit repeat payment requests or contact us to follow up on your request. Doing so requires us to redirect limited resources to answer calls and individual enquiries, slowing our ability to check and process payments to everyone as quickly as possible. 

If your business is eligible, a payment will be made direct to the nominated bank account you have provided on your request form. We will contact you if we cannot pay you the grant, or if further information is required to process your request.

More information

More advice about the support available to businesses can be found on the following pages:

Privacy Notice 
The Council is committed to meeting its data protection obligations and handling your information securely. You should make sure you read and understand the Council privacy notice, which sets out what you need to know about how Doncaster Council will use your information in the course of our work.

Data Sharing

Please be aware that applicant data may be shared with BEIS, the National Fraud Initiative (NFI), and HMRC, and other relevant government agencies or departments. The BEIS privacy notice, setting out how BEIS will handle personal data across all COVID-19 business grant schemes, can be found here.

 

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Last updated: 13 January 2022 08:57:28