COVID-19 Business Grants

Available Grant funding schemes 

Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant - This scheme has now closed for applications from 18 March 2022 and all final payments will made by 31 March 2022.

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant provides local councils with one-off grant funding to support to hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses, in recognition that the rise of the Omicron variant means that some businesses are likely to struggle.
 
This grant scheme opened on 31 December 2021 and final applications have to be made on or before 18 March 2022.

Eligibility

The aim of the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme is to support businesses:
  • that offer in-person services
  • where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed rate-paying premises
  • in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors

Business categorisation for the purposes of grant funding thresholds

Definitions for the purposes of this scheme are restated below:
  • Hospitality definition: a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink
  • Leisure definition: a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events, days and nights out, betting and gaming
  • Accommodation definition: a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes.
This table sets out types of businesses that are eligible under the sector thresholds for this scheme. This list is not exhaustive, but indicative of the types of businesses that can be supported under this scheme.
Support Type Types of businesses
Hospitality: For these purposes, the definition of a hospitality business excludes: food kiosks and businesses whose main service (generating 50% or more of income) is a
takeaway (not applicable to those that have adapted to offer takeaways during periods of restrictions, in alignment with previous COVID-19 business grant schemes)
Food courts
Public houses/pub restaurants
Restaurants
Roadside restaurants
Wine bars
Cafés
Leisure: For these purposes, the definition of a leisure business excludes: all retail businesses, coach tour operators, and tour operators.
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
Indoor riding centres
Clubs & institutions
Village halls & scout huts,
cadet huts, etc.
Accommodation: For these purposes, the definition of an accommodation business excludes: private dwellings, education accommodation, residential homes, care homes, residential family centres and beach huts
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

Hospitality and Leisure businesses excluded from the fund

You cannot get funding if:
  • your business is in administration, insolvent or has been struck off the Companies House register
  • you will exceed the permitted subsidy allowance
  • your business is not on the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) ratings list
You must notify your local council if your situation changes and you no longer meet the eligibility criteria, for example, if you become insolvent.

Subsidy allowance

This scheme is covered by 3 possible subsidy allowances:
  • Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance – you’re allowed up to £335,000 (subject to exchange rates) in Small Amounts of Financial Assistance over any rolling period of 3 financial years
  • COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance – under this allowance you’re allowed up to £1,900,000 across all COVID-19 Business Grant schemes
  • 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 across all COVID-19 Business Grant schemes
Grants under these 3 allowances can be combined for a potential total allowance of up to £12,235,000 (subject to exchange rates).
 
If your business could be subject to the Northern Ireland Protocol, these Allowances may vary under the State aid rules.

Managing the risk of fraud and error

The Government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud. Any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be recovered, as may any grants paid in error.
 
Surrey Heath are required to undertake prepayment checks for all Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant payments. These checks are required to be undertaken before any payments are issued to businesses. This requirement is not limited to new grant applicants and we will look at both the company and the company’s bank account.

General Data Protection

In line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018, surrey Heath would like to make clear to applicants that data supplied for the purpose of applying for an Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant may be shared with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and with other enforcement agencies for the prevention and detection of crime. 

£1 billion in support for businesses most impacted by Omicron across the UK

On 21 December 2021 the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak announced that additional support will be available for businesses who have been impacted by the Omicron variant
 
Once guidance and funds are made available to Surrey Heath Borough Council from HM Treasury, our Revenues and Economic Development teams will work as swiftly as possible to ensure payments are made to eligible businesses  as soon as possible.
 
As we do not have details on either the one off grants scheme of up to £6,000 per premise or the discretionary funding we are unable to provide further details, and will update our webpage with any new information on these grant schemes.
 
The details of this announcement from HM Treasury can be found at the gov.uk news web page.

Grant Applications that have closed

ARG Grants (Recovery)

Applications for this have now closed due to high demand, we hope to re-open again in the future once the top up from Government has been received. Details of this will be shared via our business newsletter and social media as soon as we are able to provide an update.

ARG Grants Phase One 

The Additional Restrictions Grants have now closed to applications.

ARG Grants Phase Two

The Additional Restrictions Grants have now closed to applications.

ARG Grants 2022

The Additional Restrictions Grants 2022 have now closed to applications.

More Information

Further details of business support can be found on the Government website. You can also sign up to our business newsletter to receive updates of further schemes which may become available.
 
 

Applications for the following grants closed on 31/03/21 with final payments being made by 30/04/21.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) 05/01/21 to 31 March 2021

Businesses that are eligible are those that have been mandated to close by Government and include non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses.

National lockdown between 5 November and 2 December 2020
If your business has a property with a rateable value of £15,000 or less, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £1,334 for the 28-day qualifying restrictions period.
 
If your business has a property with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £2,000 for the 28-day qualifying restrictions period.
 
If your business has a property with a rateable value of £51,000 or above, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £3,000 for the 28-day qualifying restrictions period.
First payment cycle, 5 January to 15 February 2021
The first payment cycle covers 5 January to 15 February 2021:
  • if your business has a property with a rateable value of £15,000 or less, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £2,001 for this 42-day qualifying restrictions period
  • if your business has a property with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £3,000 for this 42-day qualifying restrictions period
  • if your business has a property with a rateable value of £51,000 or above, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £4,500 for this 42-day qualifying restrictions period
You will also be eligible for the one-off  Closed Business Lockdown Payment as detailed after this section on this web page. Surrey Heath pay the Closed Business Lockdown Payment  together with the grant from the first payment cycle of this scheme.
 
Eligible businesses will received the two scheme payments together automatically without the need for an application (provided they have received funding during the November/December restrictions). 
Second payment cycle, 16 February to 31 March 2021
The second payment cycle covers 16 February to 31 March 2021:
  • if your business has a property with a rateable value of £15,000 or less, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £2,096 for this 44-day qualifying restrictions period
  • if your business has a property with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £3,143 for this 44-day qualifying restrictions period
  • if your business has a property with a rateable value of £51,000 or above, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £4,714 for this 44-day qualifying restrictions period
Eligible businesses will received the Second Payment cycle grant automatically without the need for an application (provided they have received the First Payment cycle grant). 
 
If any qualifying businesses does not wish to receive the combined grants please notify the Local Authority via email: revenues@surreyheath.gov.uk
 

Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment

The Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment will be provided as a one-off payment.
 
The following funding thresholds apply to the Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment:
 
a) Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the date of the commencement of the widespread national restrictions will receive a payment of £4,000.
 
b) Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the date of the commencement of the widespread national restrictions will receive a payment of £6,000.
 
c) Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the or above on the commencement date of the widespread national restrictions, will receive £9,000.
 
Eligible businesses will received the two scheme payments together automatically without the need for an application (provided they have received funding during the November/December restrictions). 
If any qualifying businesses does not wish to receive the combined grants please notify the Local Authority via email: revenues@surreyheath.gov.uk.
 
 
The grants shown below are available to businesses in Surrey Heath as we were in Tier 2, then Tier 3 and then from 19 December 2020 Tier 4. The grant that applies to your business will depend on certain factors:

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open)

This grant is available to businesses in the hospitality, hotel, bed & breakfast and leisure sectors or whose main business is to supply the hospitality sector that are still open but severely impacted by Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions. Businesses must have been trading the day before local restrictions came into force to be eligible to receive funding under this scheme. Funding will be payable for restrictions beginning 2 December 2020 and eligibility is based on a 14-day cycle. The level of funding available is:-
 
Grants of up to £467 per 14-day period for businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions.
 
Grants of up to £700 per 14-day period for businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions.
 
Grants of up to £1,050 per 14-day period for businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions.
 
Please note that eligibility for this grant is not determined by whether a business occupies property or pays property costs. Surrey Heath has discretion to award a grant to any business severely impacted by local restrictions.
 
One application for a grant is needed and if Surrey Heath remains in Tier 2 or Tier 3 regular 14 day payments will be made. As Surrey Heath is now in Tier 4 Local Restrictions Support Grants (open) will be paid to 18 December 2020 to be replaced from 19 December 2020 by Local Restrictions support Grants (closed) (addendum)
 
Please contact revenues@surreyheath.gov.uk if you are an affected business, not already getting the a grant payment and we will explain the application process to you.
 

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)(Addendum)

On October 31st, the Government announced there would be further funding to support businesses that are required to close due to local or national restrictions being put in place to manage coronavirus and save lives. This scheme remains open for applications  for both the 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020 lockdown period and from 19 December 2020 when Surrey Heath entered Tier 4 . For applications for the Tier 4 period from 19 December 2020 regular 14 day payments will be made to qualifying businesses.
 
This support will take the form of a grant funding scheme.
 
Eligible businesses will receive a grant of up to £3000 for each eligible business premise for each four-week period that the restrictions are imposed.
 
Occupied businesses on the local rating list with a rateable value of £51,000 or over grants to be £3,000 per month, or £1,500 per two weeks.
 

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)

Available from 2 December 2020 to businesses that were open as usual and providing in-person services to customers from their business premises and then required to close for a consecutive period of no less than 14 days as a result of regulations made under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 will be eligible for this funding. This funding is only available for businesses required to close due to restrictions that had their first full day of restrictions on or after the 9 September. It is not retrospective.  
 
To qualify for this grant in addition to the above the business must have a business rate liability. The grant levels are:
 
Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions will receive a payment of £667 per 14-day qualifying restriction period.
 
Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions will receive a payment of £1,000 per 14-day qualifying restriction period.
 
Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the commencement date of the local restrictions, will receive £1,500 per 14-day qualifying restriction period.
 
One application for a grant is needed and if Surrey Heath remains in Tier 2 or Tier 3 regular 14 day payments will be made. As Surrey Heath is now in Tier 4 Local Restrictions Support Grants (open) will be paid to 18 December 2020 to be replaced from 19 December 2020 by Local Restrictions Support Grants (closed) (addendum). If you were already receiving this grant no new application is needed to claim the Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed)(addendum).
 

Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs

Applications for this grant are now closed.
 
There is no definitive description of a traditional pub or public house in law. For the purposes of this grant, pubs should under normal circumstances (without local or national restrictions) be described as: open to the general public, allow free entry other than when occasional entertainment is provided, allow drinking without requiring food to be consumed and permit drinks to be purchased at a bar.
 
Applications for this grant must be received by Surrey Heath by 28 February 2021.
 
The grant is flat rate £1000.
 
Pubs that derive over 50% of their income from food sales will not be eligible to receive funding through this grant scheme.  Surrey Heath may request that pubs provide accounting evidence that they derive under 50% of their income from food sales to determine that the pub is wet-led. These accounts should be dated no later than 11 March 2020 (covering a period when trade was not affected by Covid-19).