Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

Please note, applications for this scheme closed at midday on 18 March 2022.


The aim of the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHL) scheme is to support:

  1. Businesses that occupy properties that are in the ratings list on 30 December 2021
  1. Businesses that were trading on 30 December 2021
    Trading is carrying on a trade  or profession or buying and selling goods or services in order to generate turnover, including:
    • Businesses that continue to trade online, via delivery services etc.
    • Businesses not in administration, liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking of notice or under notice
    • Businesses engaged in business activity – managing accounts, preparing for reopening, planning and implementing COVID-safe measures
  2. Businesses that are in the following sectors:
    • Hospitality
    • Leisure
    • Accommodation
  3. Businesses must offer ‘in-person’ services where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed rate-paying premises 

Unlike the Restart Grant, Personal Care businesses are not eligible for the OHL scheme. Personal Care businesses includes hairdressers, barbers, beauty salons, nail salons, tanning salons and tattoo artists (this list it not exhaustive).

The department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy have provided a definition of a leisure to exclude gyms and sports businesses where physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual basis or group basis.

5. Businesses that are within the Subsidy Allowance Limits

Businesses will be eligible for this support subject to subsidy allowance conditions and will be entitled to receive a grant for each eligible property.

Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances will not be eligible to receive funding.

Subsidy allowance has now replaced State Aid following the end of the transition period and the UK’s exit from the EU.

The OHL scheme is covered by three subsidy allowances:

  1. Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance: you’re allowed up to £335,000 (subject to exchange rates) over any rolling period of 3 years
  2. COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance: you’re allowed up to £1,900,000;
  3. COVID-19 Business Grant Special Allowance: if you have reached your limits under the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance and COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance, you may be able to access a further allowance of funding under these scheme rules of up to £10,000,000, provided certain conditions are met.

Grants under these three allowances can be combined for a potential total allowance of up to £12,235,000 (subject to exchange rates and certain conditions being met).

Further information on complying with the UK's International Obligations on Subsidy control is available on the Government's website.

If your business does not meet the above eligibility criteria please visit our Business Support page for information on any other grant or relief you may be eligible for.

Grant awards

The table below stipulates the payment award amounts:

Rateable Value

Payment Award

Under £15,000


Between £15,000 and £50,999


£51,000 or over



Applications for OHL must be made via You will be taken away from Erewash Borough Council’s website to the Grant Approval website. You must register an account under the business grants section to make your application.

You must make a separate application for each business you are making a claim for.

Register / Make a claim on 

Applications for this scheme will close at midday on 18 March 2022.

If the business is deemed ineligible by Grant Approval and you believe that is should qualify please contact us using the Business Rates Contact form in your My Erewash account. 


As with other COVID-19 business grants, local grants to businesses will be made by Bacs to the company’s bank account and is treated as taxable income.

Privacy Notice 

For information on how we treat the data you provide to us when applying for a business grant, please see the Covid Business Grants Privacy Notice on our Privacy Notice page