Businesses from the hospitality and leisure sectors are invited to apply for a one-off payment of up to £6,000.

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant is funded by central government and will support businesses which have been most impacted by the Omicron variant.

The scheme for Liverpool is administered by Liverpool City Council and will support businesses which offer in-person services within hospitality, leisure or accommodation – and are delivered from rate paying premises.

Eligible businesses will include:

  • Food courts, cafes, pubs and restaurants (Hospitality)
  • Museums, cinemas, wedding venues, clubs and soft play centres (Leisure)
  • Hotels, hostels, guest houses and holiday apartments (Accommodation)

Further examples of qualifying businesses within each sector can be found online here – the list is not exhaustive and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

If a business offers a service which fall into another category, the application will be assessed against the category which makes up 50% of the overall income. To apply for this grant, businesses must have been trading on 30 December 2021.

The value of the grant will depend on the rateable value of the business premises, for example:

  • £15,000 or under will receive £2,667
  • £15,001 to £50,999 will receive £4,000
  • £51,000 or over will receive £6,000

Businesses can find the rateable value of their premises by checking their latest business rates bill or by searching Liverpool’s online commercial premises register. Payments under this scheme are taxable and may also be dependent on the level of financial assistance received as part of any previous Covid-19 business grants. Full details can be found online.

The closing date for applications is Monday 28 February 2022 and payments will be made to eligible businesses by Thursday 31 March 2022.

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