Covid -19 Business Support Grants

Information about the grants and financial help available to local businesses as a result of Covid-19 pandemic.

UPDATED - 5 January 2021 

Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme

This scheme is now open to applications. The application window for this scheme will close at 17:00 on Friday 18 February 2022. 

Additional Restrictions Grant Scheme

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak has announced that the Treasury will make available more than £100 million in discretionary funding for local authorities to support other businesses. It is anticipated that this will be approximately £1.7m across Sheffield City Region (SCR). No further details are available about any potential support that may be offered under this scheme. 

We ask that you do not contact us about any potential Additional Restorations Grant schemes. Once details of any support are known, details will be made available on this page. No additional information is available at this time, and our staff are currently unable to help with enquiries. We thank you for your patience and co-operation.

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme (OHLG)

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)
Download (123KB - PDF)

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, 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 and 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 Friday 18 February 2022. 

How to apply

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

How much is the grant payment under the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant 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

£51,000 and over

£6,000

If my business is eligible, when will I be paid a grant?

All grants are subject to an application being submitted, with all required evidence and information.

Due to additional fraud checks now required by the Government as part of this scheme, I am sorry to tell you the target timescale for awarding payments has had to be extended.

Please allow at least 21 days for your application to be considered.

We appreciate that this may be unwelcome, but ask businesses to remain patient whilst their application is considered. We appreciate you may want confirmation of the outcome of your application, but we are unable to confirm a grant will be awarded until all checks have been completed.

We apologise if your grant application takes longer to consider. This may be because we need further information from you or additional checks are needed before a payment can be made. This is often as a result of a discrepancy between our business rates records and the information you have provided on your application form.

If you have an outstanding application, please remain patient. A member of our team will be in contact if further information is needed from you.

How will the grant be paid?

Payments can only be made to UK bank accounts.

All payments are being made by BACS.

Payments can take between 3-5 days to reach bank accounts from the date of processing.

Will you contact me when you send a grant payment?

Yes. If you are an eligible business, once your payment has been processed we will send you an email notification, followed by an award letter. The letter will include important information about Uk subsidy allowance requirements and your eligibility to a grant.

Is the grant taxable?

Yes, grant income received by a business is taxable. The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant will need to be included as income in the tax return of the business.

Only businesses that make an overall profit once grant income is included will be subject to tax.

Payments made to businesses before 5 April 2022 will fall into the 2021/22 tax year. Unincorporated businesses will be taxed when they receive the grant income.

Can i check the progress of my application?

We ask that you do not contact us to follow up on your request or payment. Doing so requires us to redirect limited resources to answer calls and individual enquiries. This slow our ability to check and process payments to everyone as quickly as possible. 

If your grant application is still outstanding, please remain patient. A member of our team will be in contact if further information is needed from you.

If you are checking the status of your request on MyDoncaster, this may show as 'closed' or ‘pending’. We apologise for this and any confusion this may cause. This does not mean that your request has been dealt with, and it may still be outstanding. We are looking to resolve this error and will deal with all requests as soon as possible. Once your payment has been processed we will send you a letter confirming this.

We thank you for your patience and co-operation.

Closed Schemes (no longer available)

For details of all previously available grant schemes, please go to our closed schemes page.

Grant subsidy rules

The EU State aid rules no longer apply to subsidies granted in the UK following the end of the transition period, which ended on 31 December 2020. For more information about the new UK subsidy allowance rules please vist the page: COVID-19 business grant subsidy allowance guidance.

Further Information about Covid-19 Support

Further information about COVID - 19 and the support available to businesses is also available on the Gov.uk website.

Privacy Notice & Sharing information

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.

Doncaster Council will use the information we hold about you to ensure our Revenue records are correct. We may pass information to other agencies or organisations such as the Department for Work and Pensions, BEIS, NFI, or HM Revenues and Customs, as allowed by law. Please see our privacy statement to read more about this. The BEIS privacy notice, setting out how BEIS will handle personal data across all COVID-19 business grant schemes, can be found here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last updated: 19 January 2022 10:55:20