Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grants (OHLG)

Updated 21 January 2022 

The Government has announced grants to help businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors as it recognises that the rise of the Omicron variant means some businesses are likely to struggle. The grants can only be paid to the person or business that is liable for business rates on the property on 30 December 2021. 

The OHLG scheme will 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.

Even if your business has previously received a COVID-19 business grant, the Government has said that you will need to make a new application to receive payment under the OHLG scheme.  

How much will I get?

The amount of grant will depend on the rateable value of the property on 30 December 2021.

OHLG amount of funding
Rateable value (RV) Amount of grant
Less than or exactly £15,000 £2,667
More than £15,000 but less than £51,000 £4,000
Exactly £51,000 or higher £6,000

Which businesses qualify for this grant?

The Government has created this grant scheme to help the following types of business:

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. This category does not include businesses where physical exercise or training is carried out on an individual or group basis.
Accommodation - a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes.

The following table provides examples of the type of business which are eligible for support.

Examples of type of business
Business category Examples of type of business 
Hospitality Food courts
Public houses/pub restaurants
Restaurants
Roadside restaurants
Wine bars
Cafes
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
Nightclubs 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 and so on. 
Accommodation Caravan parks
Caravan sites and pitches
Chalet parks
Coaching inns
Country house hotels
Guest houses
Hostels
Hotels
Lodges
Holiday apartments, cottages or bungalows
Campsites
Boarding houses
Canal boats or other vessels
Bed and breakfasts
Catered holiday homes
Holiday homes

Gyms and sport - businesses where the main service is to provide physical exercise or training on an individual or group basis are not eligible for this grant. Examples of this type of business are shown in the table below. 

Examples of type of business
Business category Examples of type of business 
Gyms and sport Dance schools and centres
Dance studios
Gymnasia/fitness suites
Cricket centres
Ski centres
Sports and leisure centres
Outdoor sports centres
Outdoor adventure centres
Squash courts
Tennis centres
Sports courts
Swimming pools
Shooting and archery venues
Driving ranges
Water sport centres
Golf courses

Other conditions

There are a number of other conditions that a business must meet in order to qualify for a grant:

  • the business must be able to show that it is currently trading. It must not be insolvent, in administration or subject to a striking-off notice
  • the business must provide a statement for a UK bank account that any grant will be paid into
  • the business must not exceed the COVID-19 subsidy allowance limits by accepting the grant.

How to apply

The deadline for applications is 11.59pm on Friday 18 March 2022. However, we must carry out checks after receiving applications, and we cannot make any payments after 31 March 2022, so please apply as soon as possible. Please complete the online form below:

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