Richmondshire District Council

Deadline approaching for Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

Businesses whose trade was affected by the surge in Omicron Coronavirus cases have just over one more week to apply for a share of a grant scheme designed to help them.

The grant scheme, administered by Richmondshire District Council on behalf of the Government, is designed to help support hospitality, leisure, accommodation and personal care businesses whose trade has been hit due to the number of Omicron cases.

Businesses must apply by Friday, 18 March 2022.

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHLG) is available to hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses which were offering in-person services on the premises, which were the direct ratepayer, and which were trading on 30 December 2021.

Those eligible include businesses such as restaurants, pubs, cafes, cinemas, casinos, art galleries, tourist attractions, event venues, nightclubs, theatres, hotels and B and Bs, as set out by the Government.

The amount of grant depends on the rateable value of the business premises, and ranges from £2,667 to £6,000. It is a one-off payment.

Richmondshire District Council has already paid out in excess of £1million to over 350 local businesses eligible for this grant.

The surge in Omicron cases affected many businesses across Richmondshire, particularly during what would normally have been a busy time in the run-up to Christmas and into January, and these grants can provide much-needed financial support.

We would urge businesses to check whether they are eligible and, if so, make sure they claim the help to which they are entitled to.

For more details and to apply online visit our Covid-19 business grants page.

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