Erewash Borough Council has now opened applications for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant with a deadline for submissions at midday on 21 February.

Businesses must submit all applications online through the council’s grant approval system and payments to eligible businesses will be made by 31 March at the latest.

Full details of the scheme, the qualifying criteria and how to apply can be found on the Omicron Grants page.

The government announced the latest grants just before Christmas and local authorities have been awaiting further guidance on how they will be managed and details of the qualifying criteria for businesses.

The grants cover the period from 30 December 2021 and eligible businesses can apply for one-off grants, with payments dependent on the rateable value of premises.

Councillor Wayne Major, Erewash Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Resources, says:

“We are well aware how much the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sector – both nationally and locally - suffered over the Christmas and New Year period due to cancelled bookings and uncertainty caused by the Omicron variant.

“We are expecting a high demand for this grant and we would ask businesses to please be patient. Progress updates can be seen via the online grant approval system. Please be assured we have made excellent progress and everything is in place so we can get payments out as quickly as possible.”

Businesses are urged to register for a My Erewash account.