Business support grants

Current Coronavirus business grant schemes

Read about financial support for businesses most impacted by Omicron on GOV.UK announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak on the 21 December, 2021.

Two new grants administered by local authorities will be available to businesses as follows:

  • Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant
  • Additional Restrictions Grant (third top up)

This page is updated regularly. Please check back for the latest information.

Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (Open)

We have now received guidance on the new Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant and the scheme is now open. The closing date for the scheme is 12-noon on 14 February 2022. Businesses will be familiar with our online application process from the previous grant schemes administered by the council. To complete the application you will need the following:

  • bank statement dated within the past three months
  • utility statement for your business property dated within the last three months
  • your unique business rates reference number (located on your NNDR/business rates bill from the council)
  • Your business unique reference number (company number, tax reference number, VAT number, self-assessment number).

Apply for Coronavirus (COVID-19) Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant.

The scheme will provide support to hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses. The rise of the Omicron variant means that some businesses are struggling and this scheme will support those businesses.

The support will be a one-off grant, available for businesses on the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) business ratings list on 30 December 2021 only.

Grant amounts available

Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant amounts available
Rateable value Grant award amount
Rateable value of £15,000 or under £2,667
Rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 £4,000
Rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over £6,000

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme aims 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.

All grant income received by a business is taxable. This grant is subject to subsidy allowance rules. Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

Business categorisation for the purposes of grant funding eligibility

Threshold definitions for the purposes of this scheme are as below:

  • hospitality definition: a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink;

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).

  • 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

The definition of a leisure business excludes:

all retail businesses, coach tour operators, and gyms and sports businesses where physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual basis or group basis.

  • accommodation definition: a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes.

The definition of an accommodation business excludes:

Accommodation businesses where they are private dwellings, education accommodation, residential homes, care homes, residential family centres, beach huts. 

Businesses eligible under sector thresholds for this scheme:

Businesses eligible for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant
Support Type Types of business
Hospitality Food courts, Public houses/pub restaurants, Restaurants, Roadside restaurants, Wine bars and cafes.
Leisure Casinos and gambling clubs, Cinemas, Museums and art galleries, Stately homes and historic houses, Theatres, Zoos and safari parks, Amusement parks, Wedding venues, Events venues, Night clubs and 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 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.

This list is not exhaustive, but indicative of the types of businesses that can be supported under this scheme.

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG 2022) (Open)

Eden District Council has been given £154,315 funding in this third top up of the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG 2022). The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) 2022 funding is available for businesses that have been “severely negatively impacted”, specifically from the rise of the Omicron Coronavirus variant.

Some previous recipients of ARG funding may not automatically be eligible for this round, as the Council has received a significantly reduced allocation from the Government for this 2022 scheme.

  • Eligibility: For businesses severely impacted by rise in the Omicron variant, but not eligible for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant. Please read the Additional Restrictions Grant 2022 Policy in full before applying for this grant.
  • Grant Amounts: Grant award amounts will be determined once the Council has assessed the demand ARG 2022 against the allocation received. We expect to be granting successful applicants in the region of £250 to £2,500, however this is subject to the number of applications received and severity of impact demonstrated.
  • Grant Application Status: Applications are OPEN. The closing date for applications is 12-noon on Monday 14 February 2022.

Please read the Additional Restrictions Grant 2022 (ARG 2022) Policy (Updated January 2022), which sets out the exact eligibility requirements, prior to filling out the application form.

Please do not apply for this scheme if you do not meet the eligibility as set out in the policy.

Apply for the Additional Restrictions Grant 2022.

See financial support for businesses during coronavirus (COVID-19) on GOV.UK.

Business support and advice

We are offering business support to companies across Eden. This includes free, confidential 1:1 business support. Our advisors are able to have an informal discussion with you using Zoom or Microsoft Teams. They are able to talk about your business challenges and opportunities and provide help, advice and point you in the right direction. Eden businesses can apply for a twelve-month membership of a business support organisation. Free membership of Cumbria Chamber of Commerce or Federation of Small Businesses is available to qualifying businesses.

Contact the Economic Development Team on the details below to find out more.

Previous Coronavirus business grant schemes

See business grants overview (PDF: 247Kb / 2 pages) for further details of previous grant schemes.

Last updated: Thursday, 20 January, 2022.