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Grants currently available


Discretionary support

Grant Status
Additional Restrictions grant (ARG) Open

Open grants

Grant Status
Omicron Hospitality and Leisure grant (OHLG) Open

Other help available

See what other help is available under Loans and Grants if you don’t qualify for these schemes but have been impacted by restrictions.

Use the business support finder on GOV.UK to see what support is available for your business. 

Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

The new Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHLG) scheme supports businesses impacted by the COVID-19 Omicron variant.

Who can apply

This grant is available to businesses in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors, that offer in-person services such as pubs, hotels, restaurants, bars, cinemas and theatres occupying ratepaying premises on 30 December 2021.

Check if you're eligible for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (GOV.UK).

This list is not exhaustive and is a guide to who is entitled.

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

If a business operates services that could be considered hospitality or leisure and also fall into another service category, the main service can be determined by assessing which category constitutes 50% or more of their overall income. Businesses will need to declare which is their main service.

The main service principle will determine whether a business receives funding. 

Businesses will be entitled to receive funding for each eligible business premises.

Who cannot apply

You will not be eligible for a grant if:

  • you're not the ratepayer as at 30 December 2021
  • your business:
    • is in administration
    • is insolvent
    • received a striking-off notice
  • you have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances

We also exclude:

  • businesses which are food kiosks and businesses whose main service is a takeaway generating 50% or more of income, this does not include those that have adapted to offer takeaways
  • retail businesses, coach tour operators, tour operators, gyms and sports businesses where physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual basis or group basis
  • private dwellings, education accommodation, residential homes, care homes, residential family centres and beach huts

Payment

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant will be a one-off payment, dependent on the rateable value of your business on 30 December 2021, subject to being within the relevant subsidy (formerly known as State Aid) threshold for the business.

Any changes to the rating list after 30 December 2021 will be ignored for the purposes of eligibility.

Rateable value of your premises Grant payment
Up to £15,000 £2,667
£15,001 to £50,999 £4,000
£51,000 and above £6,000

Tax

Grant income is taxable but only businesses making an overall profit once the grant is included will be subject to tax.

Counter Fraud

Local authorities will not accept deliberate manipulation and will work collaboratively across the region and nationally to share intelligence and resources to detect fraud.
We'll investigate any business found to be giving false eligibility information or seeking to gain an additional grant.

The council will recover money paid in error and fraudulent claims will be prosecuted in the courts. 

Subsidy Allowances

When making an application for a business grant, each applicant will need to consider the implications of subsidy allowances on their business and if they are within the permitted limits. 

Apply

Applications close on 14 February 2022 at noon. 

You must tell us the details of each subsidy you've received, if any. You'll be able to add up to 6 subsidies. 

If you need to add more than 6 entries, you'll have to fill in our document (word doc, 15KB) (opens new window) to list all the aid received and attach it to this form.

Apply for Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

Grant income received by a business is subject to tax. 

We'll process payments once audit checks are complete. This is not likely to be before 1 February 2022.

Allow 4 weeks from application to receiving payment, before getting back in touch with us.

Subscribe to our business newsletter to receive updates on the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant.

Data protection

We'll share your data with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on request.

Read the BEIS privacy notice (GOV.UK).

Additional Restriction Grant: new applications

The new Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) scheme supports businesses impacted by the COVID-19 Omicron variant and so-called Plan B measures.

Previous recipients of earlier rounds of ARG funding must re-apply.

Who can apply

A business may be eligible if they have been severely impacted by the Omicron variant, and are either:

  • a business rate payer of the premises they trade from or occupy
  • not a business rate payer of the premises they trade from or occupy, and have 49 or fewer employees, including those that are self-employed and sole traders 

An employee is a person who receives remuneration via the payroll system.

To apply, businesses must:

  • have identification and documentation as evidence of trading 
  • make a declaration on the impact to your business, based on the proportion of trade you have lost, due to restrictions or the rise in the Omicron variant
  • be based in the Bristol City Council area and been trading on 4 January 2022
  • have ongoing fixed business-related costs, for example rent, service charges, tool and equipment hire
  • be able to demonstrate you have suffered a significant fall in income, including online activity, due to the restrictions or the rise in the Omicron variant

We may ask for further information or supporting evidence.

Who cannot apply

You will not be eligible for the Additional Restrictions Grant if:

  • your business is:
    • outside the Bristol City Council area
    • eligible for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme
    • in administration, is insolvent or has received a striking off notice
    • part of a national chain
  • you have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy (State aid) allowance
  • your business primarily lets out private or residential accommodation but does not have a food licence

Payment

The value of the payment to be made to a business is at the discretion of the local authority.

All applications will be assessed and payments made by 31 March 2022.

There's no guarantee that every business that meets the eligibility criteria of this scheme will receive a grant.

We aim to support as many businesses as possible, however, funding is limited and we may prioritise businesses or sectors based on local economic need.

Applications received will be assessed against the eligibility criteria and a one-off payment will be awarded dependent on the size of the business or the rateable value of the business premises.

Tax

Grant income is taxable but only businesses making an overall profit once the grant is included will be subject to tax.

Counter Fraud

Local authorities will not accept deliberate manipulation and will work collaboratively across the region and nationally to share intelligence and resources to detect fraud.
We'll investigate any business found to be giving false eligibility information or seeking to gain an additional grant.

The council will recover money paid in error and fraudulent claims will be prosecuted in the courts. 

Subsidy Allowances

When making an application for a business grant, each applicant will need to consider the implications of subsidy allowances on their business and if they are within the permitted limits. 

Apply

Applications close on 14 February 2022 at noon. 

Apply for Additional Restrictions Grant

There's no guarantee that every business that meets the eligibility criteria of this scheme will receive a grant.

Taxi drivers licensed in Bristol should apply for the Additional Restrictions Grant for taxi drivers

Subscribe to our business newsletter to receive updates on the ARG.

Data protection

We'll share your data with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on request.

Read the BEIS privacy notice (GOV.UK).