Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

On 21 December 2021, Government announced the introduction of the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHLG) scheme.

Eligibility criteria

The grants were open to businesses offering in-person services, where the main service (50% or more of overall income) and activity takes place in a fixed rate-paying premises, in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors. A full list of eligible businesses can be found here.

Please note that the government had set the rules and parameters of this scheme, and local councils did not have the discretion to vary these.


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

  • 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

The scheme excluded food kiosks and businesses whose main service is a takeaway (not applicable if adapted to offer takeaways due to Covid).


Leisure is defined as a business that provides opportunities, experiences, and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events and days and nights out.

  • 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

The scheme excluded 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, were also excluded.  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.


Accommodation is defined as a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel or other purposes.

  • 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

Excludes private dwellings, education accommodation, residential homes, care homes, residential family centres and beach huts. Where holiday letting businesses cannot demonstrate any income generated from the let of the premises under consideration over a given period (e.g. the last 6 months), this could justify a judgement that the business is not trading.

Further exclusions to all grant eligibility

  • Businesses that are not within the ratings system were not eligible to receive funding under this scheme
  • Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, were not eligible for funding under this scheme
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances were not eligible to receive funding
  • Personal Care businesses were not eligible for the OHLG mandatory scheme Personal Care businesses include Hairdressers, Barbers, Beauty Salons, Nail Salons, Tanning Salons and Tattoo Artists (this list is not exhaustive)

Levels of grant funding

Eligible businesses must have been in occupation and trading from a rated property on 30 December 2021 to apply for the grant. The amount awarded will depend on the rateable value of the property, as follows:

  • rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under – £2,667
  • rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 – £4,000
  • rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over – £6,000


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