New Covid Business Grant available

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Applications for the new Government Covid grant aimed at boosting businesses during the Omicron wave of the pandemic, can now be made.

Eligible businesses can make their applications to Hambleton District Council (HDC) for an Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHLG) via the HDC website.

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHLG) is a one-off grant of either £2,667, £4,000 or £6,000, depending upon rateable value, which is aimed at providing support to hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses, in recognition that the rise of the Omicron variant means that some businesses are likely to struggle over the coming weeks.

Those hospitality, leisure and ancillary businesses that are not eligible for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHLG), may be eligible, along with other businesses, for an Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) which aims to support businesses severely impacted by coronavirus restrictions and the rise of the Omicron variant, where most needed.

Applications for the ARG will open in the next few days and businesses are urged to keep checking the webpage for more information.

Councillor Mark Robson, Leader of HDC said: “It’s welcome news that Government are stepping in again, to support those businesses most affected by the current wave of the pandemic.

The latest Omicron variant is currently causing much worry and stress for local businesses who were only just starting to recover from almost two years of Covid restrictions and lost custom, so I am hopeful these grants may go some way to easing the pressure.

“Our officers will be working hard to get applications processed as quickly as possible to ensure this much-needed funding gets to those businesses who most need it, as soon as possible.

I would urge Hambleton businesses to visit our website to check out their eligibility and apply if they can.”

All information on the new grants including eligibility criteria and the applications process can be found here:

Apply for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHLG) here >>

Published: 18th January 2022

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