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Discretionary Omicron grant now open

Posted by Communications on 5 January 2022 | Comments

Businesses who have been severely impacted by Omicron can now apply for a one-off grant payment through the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) scheme.

The grant is open to businesses in Babergh and Mid Suffolk who are in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sector, including those involved in the supply chain, and to businesses in the personal care sector.

The ARG is aimed at those businesses who were significantly impacted by the Omicron variant in December 2021 and January 2022 but are not eligible for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant.

Businesses who meet the criteria must submit an application form online through the Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils website by Friday 18 February. All applications will be reviewed by a grant panel with decisions communicated and payments being made by the end of March 2022.

The grant allocation from the Additional Restrictions Grant will be up to a maximum of £6000 depending on turnover and demonstrated impact of Omicron on the business.

Commenting on the grant, Cllr Michael Holt, Babergh District cabinet member for economic development said:

“At the end of 2021, businesses in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors were hit hard by the rise in the Omicron variant. I would encourage businesses in those sectors to check the grant criteria to see if they can claim a one-off grant through either the Additional Restrictions Grant or the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant.”

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHLG) is now open to businesses with a rateable value in the hospitality, leisure, and accommodation sector.

Cllr Gerard Brewster, Mid Suffolk District cabinet member for economic development commented:

“Both the OHLG and ARG are a one-off payment for businesses in the hospitality, leisure, and accommodation sectors, with the ARG also open to relevant supply chain businesses and those in personal care. These grants have been made available to help those businesses impacted by Omicron and I would urge business owners to find out more and, if eligible, apply as soon as possible.”

The ARG is open to businesses within the following sectors who can demonstrate they have been severely impacted by the rising Omicron variant:

  • Hospitality, Leisure and Accommodation businesses who are excluded from the OHLG scheme
  • Businesses within the personal care sector.
  • Wholesale businesses who supply over 51% of their goods to the Hospitality, Leisure and Accommodation sectors.

Read further information about Additional Restrictions Grant including the full, policy and information required for the application form.

Businesses with any queries about the grant application process or eligibility can contact the economic development team for support.