Omicron Hospitality & Leisure Grant (OHLG)

Who To Contact

Business Grant Team
0151 443 5883/4039


Please note that the Government has confirmed that gyms, sports businesses, hairdressers, beauticians and takeaways are EXCLUDED from this scheme.

Omicron Hospitality & Leisure Grants will be payable to eligible non-domestic ratepayers in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors.

To be eligible for this grant, ratepayers must have been trading or engaged in business activity in these sectors on 30 December 2021 and also liable for the payment of non-domestic rates to Knowsley Council on that date. Eligible businesses must offer in-person services and the main service or activity must take place in the premises for which they are the ratepayer.

Value of the Grant

Ratepayers in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors may be able to claim a grant of up to £6,000 per eligible property.

These grants are expected to be a ‘one-off’ payment and the value of the grant will be based on the rateable value of the premises that the ratepayer occupies. Information regarding the amounts available to eligible ratepayers is detailed below:

Rateable Value of Premises Grant Payment
£15,000 or under £2,667
£15,001 to £50,999 £4,000
£51,000 or over £6,000

Exclusions to the Grant

  • businesses that are not included on the rating list for Knowsley
  • businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a ‘striking off’ notice has been issued
  • businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances 


The Government has defined a hospitality business as a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink. This will include businesses:

  • offering in-person food and drink services to the general public
  • providing food and/or drink to be consumed on the premises (including outdoors)

Some examples of businesses that are considered to be in the hospitality sector for the purposes of this scheme, include:

  • Public houses
  • Bars and wine bars
  • Restaurants
  • Cafés

Please note that food kiosks and businesses whose main service is as a takeaway are excluded from the OHLG scheme.


The Government has defined a leisure business as a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events and days and nights out. 

Some examples of businesses that are considered to fall within the definition of leisure include:

  • amusement arcades
  • clubs & institutions
  • concert halls
  • events venues
  • museums and art galleries
  • soft play centres  
  • theatres
  • tourist attractions
  • village halls & scout or cadet huts etc
  • wedding venues
  • zoos & safari parks

For the purpose of this scheme, the definition of a leisure business excludes:

  • all retail businesses
  • gyms and sports businesses
  • tour operators, including coach tour operators


The Government has defined an accommodation business as a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes. This includes:

  • Businesses that provide accommodation for ‘away from home’ stays for work or leisure purposes.
  • Businesses that provide accommodation for short-term leisure and holiday purposes.

Some examples of businesses that are considered to fall within the definition of accommodation include:

  • bed and breakfast accommodation
  • boarding houses
  • campsites
  • guest houses
  • holiday lets
  • hotels

For the purpose of the OHLG scheme, the definition of an accommodation business excludes:

  • residential care homes
  • residential family centres
  • residential homes
  • private dwellings
  • education accommodation

Tax Implications

OHLG income which is paid to a ratepayer is taxable. This grant will need to be included as income in the tax return for the ratepayer. Only businesses which make an overall profit, once grant income is included, will be subject to tax.

Closure Date for Applications

Applications for this scheme will not be accepted after 28 February 2022. All payments must be made by 31 March 2022.

Subsidy Allowance:

The OHLG scheme is covered by 3 possible subsidy allowances:

  • Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance - a business is 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 a business is allowed up to £1,900,000 across all COVID-19 Business Grant schemes.  
  • COVID-19 Business Grant Special Allowance - if a business has reached its limits under the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance Allowance and COVID-19 Business Grant Allowance, under these particular scheme rules, it may be able to access a further allowance of funding of up to £10,000,000 across all the 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). Further information is available.

Please be aware that it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the Subsidy Allowance is not exceeded by claiming the OHLG and further independent advice should be sought whenever required.

Fraud and Deception

The OHLG is for the ratepayer only and it will be subject to full recovery if the recipient is not the ratepayer on 30 December 2021 or was not trading in one of the relevant sectors from the property for which the grant was claimed.
Knowsley Council will not accept any deliberate manipulation of the grant process or any associated fraud. Any ratepayer, or their representative, caught falsifying their records to gain any payment will face prosecution and any funding will be subject to clawback.

Please note that by accepting any payment of the OHLG, the business is deemed to confirm that it satisfies the conditions of the scheme and is eligible to receive the grant.

Privacy Notice

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Applications for the Omicron Hospitality & Leisure Grant

Please note that stringent checks will be made on all applications to verify the information provided and that to complete this application form you will need:

  • The 10-digit account reference from your non-domestic rate bill
  • Your business bank account details
  • A scan or photo of a bank statement from the last 3 months to upload with your application, which clearly shows full details of the relevant bank account
  • Company Registration Number (if you are a limited company)
  • Your National Insurance Number (if you are a sole trader or partnership)
  • Charity Number (if you are a registered charity)
  • The ratepayer and trading name from your non-domestic rate account
  • Details of the date on which the business was established and the number of employees

Please do not apply for this grant unless the ratepayer satisfies the eligibility criteria, as the application will be rejected.

Apply for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant