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3. Grants and loans for businesses

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Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant is a scheme to support Hospitality, Leisure and Accommodation businesses who have had their trading impacted by the recent surge in Covid case because of the new Omicron variant.

This is a one-off grant scheme commencing from Thursday December 30, 2021. Applications will close Monday, 7 February, 2022.

This scheme will be administered in line with Government requirements.

Who is eligible?

Grants are available for businesses that have a Business Rates account as of Thursday December 30, 2021 and operate within the Leisure, Hospitality and Accommodation sectors including:

Support type Types of Business
Hospitality

Food courts, Public houses/pub restaurants

Restaurants, Roadside restaurants

Wine bars, Cafés
Leisure

Casinos and gambling clubs, Cinemas

Museums and art galleries, Stately homes & historic houses

Theatres, Events venues, Night clubs & discotheques, Arenas, Concert halls

Zoos & safari parks, Amusement parks, Tourist attractions, Theme parks

Amusement arcades, Wedding venues

Soft play centres or areas

Indoor riding centres

Clubs & institutions, Village halls & scout huts, cadet huts, etc.
Accommodation

Caravan parks, Caravan sites and pitches, Chalet parks, Campsites

Coaching inns, Country house hotels, Guest houses, Hostels, Boarding houses  

Hotels, Lodge, Holiday apartments, Cottages, or bungalows

Canal boats or other vessels

B&Bs, Catered holiday homes, Holiday homes

Who isn’t eligible?

Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme for the purposes of this grant

Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State aid permitted under the de minimis and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework.

Businesses that were not registered for Business Rates on Thursday December 30, 2021.

Funding amounts

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant will support eligible businesses in the Leisure and Hospitality sectors with one-off grants of up to £6,000. The following thresholds apply for these businesses:

  • Businesses occupying premises with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on December 30, 2021 will receive a payment of £2,667.
  • Businesses occupying premises with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on December 30, 2021 will receive a payment of £4,000.
  • Businesses occupying premises with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on December 30, 2021 will receive a payment of £6,000.

How do I apply?

Applications are now open and you apply via the online form here.

The deadline for applications for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant is February 28, 2022.

The Council must carry out pre-payment checks, so please allow up to 14 days before you receive a decision and payment.

Please note: the grant administration team will not have the capacity to provide this information to businesses so you will need to obtain through reviewing your bank account statements and accounts.

Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG) 

The Council has secured further government funding, which it will use to support local businesses based in Reigate & Banstead, which have been severely affected following the increased infections since December 2021 due to the spread of the Omicron variant.

The income/turnover of the business must be shown to have decreased by at least 50% since December 2021 due to the spread of the Omicron variant.

Applications will be open to all businesses that are not eligible to receive the Omicron Hospitality & Leisure Grant, although we will prioritise those applications from businesses who missed out on earlier grant schemes as well as:

  • businesses which supply the retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors
  • businesses in the events sector
  • businesses involved in the travel industry

Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

An application process is in place, and applicants will need to demonstrate:

  • Their business is based within the Reigate & Banstead area
  • Since December 2021, their gross income or turnover has reduced by at least 50% from pre-pandemic levels, and this must be provided as evidence e.g. evidence of income for December 2021 and December 2019
  • Evidence of any property or fixed costs

Please note: the grant administration team will not have the capacity to provide this information to businesses so you will need to obtain through reviewing your bank account statements and accounts.

All applicants will acknowledge that the application and award details will be shared with other government departments, including HM Revenues & Customs.

The application window will close on 7 March, 2022.

Apply now

Category Grant Amount
  • Eligible mobile trader (e.g. taxi driver, mobile personal care), unable to trade or severe loss of income due to COVID-19, where there are no specific business premises
  • Eligible market trader that is unable to trade, that has been trading at a market within the Reigate & Banstead area
  • Fixed ongoing business-related costs
  • Where a taxi driver is living in another local borough, but registered with Reigate & Banstead BC, they would firstly approach their home borough for a grant. If they do not qualify, this will be paid by Reigate & Banstead BC
  • Experiencing a 50% loss in overall gross income or turnover since December 2021
£1,000
  • Businesses occupying a commercial property on the local authority ratings list, with a Rateable Value of £15,000 of less
  • Where there is no Rateable Value, then businesses paying rent of £15,000 per annum (£1,250 per month) or less
  • If no Rateable Value or rent, then the local authority may estimate the Rateable Value of the property or workspace where the business is based, or it may take account of other business-related fixed costs in the name of the business, with a value of £15,000 or less per annum
  • Experiencing a 50% loss in overall gross income or turnover since December 2021
£2,667
  • Businesses occupying a commercial property on the local authority ratings list, with a Rateable Value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000
  • Where there is no Rateable Value, then businesses paying rent of over £15,000 and less than £51,000 per annum
  • If no Rateable Value or rent, then the local authority may estimate the Rateable Value of the property where the business is based, or it may take account of other business- related fixed costs in the name of the business with a value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000 per annum
  • Experiencing a 50% loss in overall gross income or turnover since December 2021
£4,000
  • Businesses occupying a commercial property on the local authority’s ratings list, with a Rateable Value of £51,000 or above
  • Where there is no Rateable Value, then businesses paying rent of £51,000 or above per annum
  • If no Rateable Value or rent, then the local authority may estimate the rateable value or rent of the property where the business is based, or it may take account of any other business-related fixed costs of the name of the business with a value of over £51,000 per annum
  • Experiencing a 50% loss in overall gross income or turnover since December 2021
£6,000
  • In exceptional circumstances, the local authority may award a grant above the amounts outlined in the above boxes
  • This is at the discretion of the local authority, and dependant on available funding
  • Exceptional circumstances are not defined but needs to meet as a minimum two conditions – severe loss of income and closure
  • Award of exceptional grants may be taken into account in the award of any future grants
  • Experiencing a 50% loss in overall gross income or turnover since December 2021
Up to a maximum of £10,000

Growth Grant 

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council has allocated an element of the overall ARG pot to make awards under the Business Growth Grant Scheme. These grant awards are up to a total of £10,000.

The application window is now closed.

Restart Grant

The application process for the Reigate Restart Grant Application closed on 30 June 2021.

Grant payments and your data

The Council will record and retain records of individual payments of Grant. This information will be stored in accordance with all relevant data protection requirements such as the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 and shared with Government upon request. The information will be used by the Government monitoring and evaluation purposes, as well as for prevention and detection of fraud and/or other criminal activities, as well as for suspension and/or recovery of the grant where necessary. The Government may share information for the purpose of counter fraud activity and debt recovery with other government departments, agencies and/or local authorities.