Grant funding still available for businesses affected by Omicron variant of Covid-19

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme is designed to support businesses offering in-person services, where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed rate-paying premises, in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors.

Funding has been made available in recognition of the likelihood that some businesses have struggled due to the rise of the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

East Suffolk Council and local authorities across the country have been given responsibility of delivering the one-off lump sum funding to eligible businesses.

Cllr Craig Rivett, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: “This funding offers another potential lifeline for many local businesses affected by the rise in the Omicron variant. I would encourage anyone whose business is eligible, and who hasn’t already done so, to apply for the funding they need.”

Businesses will need to submit an application for the grant and will need an eligible Business Rates account number to apply. Details of eligibility and the application form can be found on our website. Find out more by visiting our Covid-19 business grants support page

All enquiries regarding this scheme should be directed to our dedicated team

For those businesses not eligible for this scheme, there will be an Additional Restriction Grant (ARG) scheme published soon, to target help to other specific areas of need across the district. Details of the scheme will also be published on our website as soon as it is available.

The grants are part of a £1billion fund announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 21 December as part of a government support package, which also included the reintroduction of the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme and additional funding through the Culture Recovery Fund.

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