Omicron hospitality and leisure grants

Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grants (OHLG)

The government has recently released more information on the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grants which were announced before Christmas. The OHLG is solely for eligible accommodation, hospitality and leisure businesses liable for business rates which fit within the Government’s sector definitions. Further limited discretionary Additional Restrictions Grant will also be made available, we are awaiting further details.

The one-off grants of between £2,667 and £6,000 are being administered by Chesterfield Borough Council on a shared service basis on our behalf - customers will need to set up a 'My Chesterfield' account to apply. 

Registration is very simple: the customer just needs their name, address, email address and phone number.

Businesses must submit applications by 28 February and payments will be made by 31 March 2022.

Please note:
  • All queries should be emailed to the grants team at dddcgrants@chesterfield.gov.uk
  • The OHLG grant application is now live (from Tuesday 25 January)
  • Businesses will be receiving an email (the email will be from Chesterfield Borough Council) informing them that the Omicron grant application is live and that they need to apply for the grant via the link in the email.
  • The Omicron ARG scheme is being developed and we will inform relevant business, through email and here on our website, when the application process is live.

Who can claim

You can claim the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHLG) from us if you are a Derbyshire Dales District Council Business Rates payer and your business meets ALL of the following criteria:
  • it was registered for Business Rates on 30 December 2021
  • it was trading on 30 December 2021
  • it is one of the hospitality, leisure or accommodation business types that are eligible for this payment
  • Your business will not be entitled to a payment if it has entered into administration or insolvency, or has exceeded the permitted Business Grant Subsidy Allowance.
Only the Business Rates payer at 30 December 2021 is entitled to claim this payment.

Business types for this scheme

The business types that are eligible for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant are shown below. The lists are not exhaustive, but indicate the types of businesses that can be supported under this scheme. Some business types are specifically excluded from the scheme.

Hospitality

A business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink. For example: cafés, food courts, public houses, pub restaurants, restaurants, roadside restaurants, wine bars.

Leisure

A business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events, days and nights out, betting and gaming.

For example: amusement arcades, amusement parks, arenas, casinos and gambling clubs, cinemas, clubs and institutions, concert halls, events venues, indoor riding centres, museums and art galleries, night clubs and discotheques, soft play centres, stately homes and historic houses, theatres, theme parks, tourist attractions, village halls, scout huts, cadet huts, wedding venues, zoos and safari parks.

Accommodation

A business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes.

For example: bed and breakfasts, boarding houses, campsites, canal boats or other vessels, caravan parks, caravan sites and pitches, catered holiday homes, chalet parks, coaching inns, cottages or bungalows, country house hotels, guest houses, holiday apartments, holiday homes, hostels, hotels, lodges.

Excluded businesses

The following business types are excluded from the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme:
  • Hospitality - 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)
  • Leisure - 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
  • Accommodation - private dwellings, education accommodation, residential homes, care homes, residential family centres and beach huts

Information you will need

You will need the following information to claim:

Business Rates account reference - this is an 8 character reference beginning with 7, you can find this on your annual bill

Business bank account details - this is the account we will pay the grant into

Proof of business bank account - the most recent statement or screenshots of online banking, and must:
  • show the business bank details
  • be dated within the last three months
  • show business transactions during this period

You will also need to provide your Companies House Registration Number or other unique reference number for your business.

If your business is not 100% hospitality, accommodation or leisure, you will need to provide a copy of your 2020/2021 profit and loss accounts that clearly show how much of the business's income is from hospitality, leisure or accommodation and how much is from other activities or services.

You will need to upload electronic copies, scanned images or clear photos of the proof we have asked for.

How to apply

Applications are now open and THIS LINK takes you through to the application page on Chesterfield Borough Council's website. You will need to create a 'My Chesterfield' account via the link before you can apply.

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What happens next?

If your application is successful the payment will be made directly into the bank account you have provided details for. You will be notified by email whether your application has been successful or not. You must declare any payments you receive as part of the business's tax return.