Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (January 2022)

Update 20 January 2022 - The closing date for applications is 18 March 2022 and all payments must be made by 31 March 2022.

Update 10 January 2022 - The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have today advised that under current eligibility criteria the following businesses do not qualify for the Omicron grant; however this is being reviewed:

  • Hair salons
  • Nail bars
  • Personal care
  • Gyms

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic the Government announced on 21 December 2021 a new grant scheme will be made available to businesses in the hospitality (defined as accommodation, food & beverage services) and leisure industries.

To qualify, the business must:

  • Be registered for non-domestic rates
  • Be a solvent business
  • Be in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors

Eligible businesses  for the purposes of this scheme are defined as:

Type

Definition

Hospitality

A business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink

Leisure

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

Accommodation

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

The table below sets out the types of businesses that are eligible. The list is not exhaustive but indicative of the types of business that can be supported under this scheme:

Support Type

Types of businesses

Hospitality

Food Courts

Public Houses/Pub restaurants

Restaurants

Roadside restaurants

Wine Bars

Cafes

Leisure

Casinos

Cinemas

Museums and art galleries

Stately Homes & 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

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

Guest houses

Hostels

Hotels

Lodge

Holiday apartments

Cottages or bungalows

Campsites

Boarding houses

Canal boats or other vessels

B&Bs

Catered holiday homes

Holiday homes

The amount of grant paid will be dependant on the premises' rateable value:

RV

Grant award

Up to £15,000

£2,667

£15,001 to £51,000

£4,000

Over £51,000

£6,000

Grants will be subject to subsidy control allowances. 

The following businesses are not eligible for the scheme: 

  • If you are in administration
  • You are insolvent
  • Or where a striking off notice has been issued

Full details including eligibility can be found within the  Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant Guidance for Local Authorities.

Frequently asked questions are outlined below:

The government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud. Any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be recovered, as may any grants paid in error.

Local authorities are responsible and accountable for the lawful use of funds and must be satisfied that all eligibility and subsidy allowance conditions have been fully complied with when making grant payments. To do this, Chichester District Council will be expected to have pre- and post-payment assurance plans in place and undertake a Fraud Risk Assessment.

How to apply for a Omicron Hospitality and Leisure grant

To apply for a grant you should complete an application at  Grant Approval . You will need to register first, if you have not already done so, and will need your Business Rates bill to register. 

Once you have registered and logged into your account, you should then;-

  • Select "New request" under Grants for Businesses
  • Select "List all schemes"
  • Select Chichester as the Billing Authority
  • Select "Grant Application (from the drop down list under request type)"
  • Then enter your PRN (Property Reference Number as shown on your Business Rates Bill)
  • Then click "Load Business Schemes (this will then load all schemes available, and you should select the scheme you wish to apply for dependent on your Rateable Value)  

All applications must be made online and no paper applications will be made available or accepted.

Covid-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF)

Update 25 January 2022 - the closing date for Applications is Friday 18 March 2022.

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, on 15 December 2021 the Government introduced a new business rates relief scheme called the "Covid-19 Additional Relief Fund" (CARF).

The scheme applies for the period 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022 and is subject to restrictions:

  • The scheme is only available to properties that are ineligible for the Extended Retail Relief Scheme (businesses ineligible due to reaching cash limits are also excluded)
  • Only businesses occupied and liable for Business Rates on 1 April 2021 are eligible to apply for the fund
  • The property must be occupied. Empty properties are not eligible
  • If there is no Business Rates liability for the financial year the business will not be eligible for this relief

Businesses must demonstrate that they have suffered a significant loss in income because of the COVID-19 crisis, and will be required to provide evidence during the application process.

The scheme will be subject to a cash limit in accordance with Government guidelines.

Full guidelines for this scheme can be found within the  Government Guidance document. , and Chichester's local scheme for this relief can be viewed.

The government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud. Any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional funds will face prosecution and any funding issued will be recovered, as may any grants paid in error.

Local authorities are responsible and accountable for the lawful use of funds and must be satisfied that all eligibility and subsidy allowance conditions have been fully complied with when making grant payments. To do this, Chichester District Council will be expected to have pre- and post-payment assurance plans in place and undertake a Fraud Risk Assessment.

How to apply for the Covid-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF)

To apply for a grant you should complete an application at  Grant Approval . You will need to register first, if you have not already done so, and will need your Business Rates bill to register. 

Once you have registered and logged into your account, you should then;-

  • Select "New request" under Rates Discount Form
  • Select "List all schemes"
  • Select Chichester as the Billing Authority
  • Select "Rates Discount Form" (from the drop down list under request type)
  • Then enter your PRN (Property Reference Number as shown on your Business Rates Bill)
  • Then click "Load Business Schemes (this will then load all schemes available, and you should select CARF) "

All applications must be made online and no paper applications will be made available or accepted.

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG Omicron - Hospitality, Leisure, others etc)

Applications will close on Monday 28 February 2022

Update 17 January 2022 In addition to the Hospitality and Leisure Grant announced on 21 December 2021 the Government has also announced that the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) will be topped up so that local authorities can use their discretion to support businesses in their area based on local economic need.

Use of the fund will be at the local authority's discretion but is intended to support businesses severely impacted by Omicron but who may not be eligible for the Hospitality and Leisure Grant.

All applications will be graded and those applications that show the largest income drop will be prioritised over those whose income has not been as impacted by COVID.  We aim to process applications within 21 days of receipt.

Full guidelines for this scheme can be found within the  Government Guidance document. , and Chichester's local scheme for this relief can be viewed.

The government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud. Any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be recovered, as may any grants paid in error.

Local authorities are responsible and accountable for the lawful use of funds and must be satisfied that all eligibility and subsidy allowance conditions have been fully complied with when making grant payments. To do this, Chichester District Council will be expected to have pre- and post-payment assurance plans in place and undertake a Fraud Risk Assessment.

How to apply for an Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG Omicron - Hospitality, Leisure, others etc)

To apply for a grant you should complete an application at  Grant Approval . You will need to register first, if you have not already done so. 

You will need to provide either of the following with your application:

  • Three types of evidence. Please provide evidence of ongoing property costs for the fixed market stall or taxi. Please note that your license fee or rent or other property costs should be a total of at least £250 per calendar month, or;
  • Two types of evidence. Please provide evidence of ongoing property costs for your business i.e. rent, insurance, utility bills. 

Additionally, you will need to provide:

  • Three types of evidence. Please provide evidence that you have suffered a loss of income due to COVID19, highlighting how much you have lost (please show as actual income or as a percentage)
  • Please provide proof of the bank account you want the grant paid into.

Once you have registered and logged into your account, you should then:

  • Select "New request" under Grants for Businesses
  • Select "List all schemes"
  • Select Chichester as the Billing Authority
  • Select "Grant Application (from the drop down list under request type)"
  • Leave PRN blank
  • Then click "Load Business Schemes (this will then load all schemes available, and you should select the scheme you wish to apply for dependent on your fixed business expenses eg. rent, mortgage etc)  

All applications must be made online and no paper applications will be made available or accepted. .

 

Autumn Statement announcement 27 October 2021

The Government has made a number of announcements as to how business rates will be changing:

  • As from April 2023 revaluations will be carried out every three years
  • There will be a new investment relief to encourage businesses to adopt green technologies like solar panels
  • There will be a new "business improvement relief". From 2023 a business will be able to make property improvements (that would potentially increase the rateable value) and pay no additional business rates for 12 months
  • The planned business rate multiplier increase for 2022/2023 will be cancelled
  • A 50% discount on businesses open to the public in retail, hospitality and leisure sectors will apply in 2022/23 up to a maximum of £110,000 per business (not per property)

This web page will be updated once additional information is known.

Budget announcement 4 March 2021

The Government has announced that the 100% Expanded Retail Relief and Nursery Relief schemes will be extended three months for the period 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021. For the period 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022 the scheme will be changing as follows:

  • From 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022 businesses in receipt of the Expanded Retail Relief discount will receive a 66% reduction in the amount to pay. There will be a cash cap of £2million for businesses that were required to close as at  5 January 2021 and up to £105,000 for businesses permitted to open at that date.
  • From 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022 businesses in receipt of the Nursery discount will receive a 66% reduction in the amount to pay. There will be a cash cap of £105,000

Businesses may choose to  opt out of the relief schemes by emailing Chichester District Council at taxation@chichester.gov.uk.

Please note the annual business rate bills for 2021/22 will be issued in March 2021 with 100% relief up to 31 March 2022. Revised bills will then be issued in June 2021 to reflect the above changes.