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Apply for Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

Due to the spread of the Omicron variant and its impact on hospitality and leisure businesses, Government announced further support via the new Omicron Hospitality & Leisure Fund (OHLG) on 21 December 2021.

This support will take the form of a one-off grant called the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHLG) This grant will be administered by business rate billing authorities in England.  For Portsmouth, this is Portsmouth City Council (PCC).

The OHLG funding will be for eligible businesses who are business rate payers to PCC.

Guidance on how to administer the scheme has only recently been made available and we are working hard to set up the online application process.  As soon as this is available, we will update you via the Business E-Bulletin.

The application process will close on 18 February 2022 (not on the 28th as previously advised) and all final payments must be made and dispersed to recipients by 31 March 2022.

Key points

  • Grants will only be paid to the business that, according to the council’s records, was the business ratepayer in respect of the property and trading on the 30 December 2021.
  • This is a one-off grant and only for businesses on the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) ratings list.
  • Subject to subsidy allowance conditions, businesses will be entitled to receive a grant for each eligible property. So, some businesses may receive more than one grant where they have more than one eligible property.
  • 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.
  • 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, days and nights out.
  • 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.

Exclusions

  • For the purposes of this scheme, the definition of a hospitality business excludes food kiosks and businesses whose main service is a takeaway
  • For the purposes of this scheme, the definition of a leisure business excludes all retail businesses, coach tour operators, and tour operators, gyms and sports businesses where physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual basis or group basis. Please note that Gyms and sports businesses include dance and fitness studios; sports centres and clubs; sports courts; swimming pools and golf courses.
  • For the purposes of this scheme, the definition of an accommodation business excludes private dwellings, education accommodation, residential homes, care homes, residential family centres and beach huts.
  • Businesses that are not within the ratings system will not be eligible to receive funding under this scheme.
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances are not eligible to receive funding under this scheme.
  • Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme
  • The funding will only be available for businesses who have at least 50% of their income in hospitality and or Leisure.

Payment information

The Omicron Hospitality & Leisure Fund will support hospitality, leisure and accommodation business premises with one-off grants of up to £6,000. The following thresholds apply:

  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on 30 December 2021 will receive a payment of £2,667.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 30 December 2021 will receive a payment of £4,000.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on 30 December 2021 will receive a payment of £6,000.

Will grants be subject to tax?

Grant income received by a business is taxable. The OHLF 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.

Eligible businesses list

Hospitality definition: a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink.

Leisure definition: a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events, days and nights out, betting and gaming.

Accommodation definition: a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes.

This list is not exhaustive, but indicative of the types of businesses that can be supported under this scheme.

  • Hospitality
  • Food courts
  • Public houses/pub restaurants
  • Restaurants
  • Roadside restaurants
  • Wine bars
  • Cafés
  • Leisure
  • Casinos and gambling clubs
  • Cinemas
  • Museums and art galleries
  • Stately homes & historic houses
  • Theatres
  • Zoos & safari parks
  • Amusement parks
  • Wedding venues
  • Events venues
  • Night clubs & discotheques
  • Arenas
  • Concert halls
  • Tourist attractions
  • Theme parks
  • Amusement arcades
  • Soft play centres or areas
  • Clubs & institutions
  • Village halls & 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