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Government Business Grants

Omicron Grant support

Following the announcement by the Chancellor on the 21 December 2021 of further support measures for businesses impacted by the restrictions relating to the omicron variant, we have developed the application process for local businesses to be considered for these grants.

There are two different types of grants available:

  • Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grants
    A mandatory grant for those businesses in certain sectors who pay business rates
  • Omicron Discretionary Business Grant
    Which is available to those businesses not eligible for the mandatory grant from the government and that adhere to the councils local policies for discretionary grants – You can view the policy document at the bottom of this page.

There is one application process for both the mandatory and discretionary schemes with businesses being asked to identify which one they are applying for. Due to this, we would encourage all applicants to read the guidance available (links provided below) before they submit their application to ensure they are eligible for the grants schemes.

We anticipate that the discretionary grants may be oversubscribed so the eligibility for these grants and how they will be prioritised and ultimately awarded is identified in the accompanying omicron discretionary grant policy which is available in the policy document below.

Application process

Please read the below carefully before you start your application
All applicants are requested to take their time and complete the application and following the helpful hints below will enable us to process your application ask quickly as possible.

Please provide accurate answers, this is important as it:

  1. saves times in processing your grant application whilst carrying out the relevant verification checks on eligibility
  2. helps prevent fraud - (Some of the questions within the application are designed so that only the applicant and ourselves know the answers. If they answers do not match this will cause delays in your application).

When uploading evidence be aware that:

  1. confirmation of bank details requires the name of applicant/business, address, acct number, sort code, and a few local transactions (Melton area)
  2. please use mainstream document files: Word docs, PDF, Jpeg, to upload your evidence.
  3. if you are the applicant and not a Director or Trustee of a charity registered at Companies house or Charity commission you will need to provide a national insurance number, that links an individual to a business.

Response

Upon receipt of your application the council will take approximately 10-15 working days to upload the information, check it against the eligibility criteria prescribed by government, and, if eligible, make the grant award. Payment will then be processed as quickly as possible after this point.

Some applications may take longer due to the requirement for further clarification with the applicant should any issues be raised following eligibility or verification checks. These delays will be communicated by the businesses impacted by this.

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