Below you will find answers to frequently asked questions about the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant. If your query is not answered here, please email us.
Why has the OHLG scheme closed?
The OHLG Scheme was set up to support rates paying businesses in the accommodation, hospitality and leisure sectors that were severely impacted by the rise of the Omicron variant.
Funding was provided by the government for a limited period, with a mandate to close and have paid all successful applicants by 31 March 2022.
Although the scheme is closed, we may have some applications in train that are not fully processed which are eligible. We will continue to process these applications and notify applicants of their application status via your MyHuntingdonshire account that you applied through.
How can I check updates to my application?
Log in to your MyHuntingdonshire account.
Once signed in, click on 'Track my requests'
Click on the 'Complete' tab and then click on the arrow for the relevant application. You can find the application reference number (which is a string of 8 capital letters) on the email that was sent to you when you submitted your application for a grant. It can also be found under the Documents tab, where your application has been uploaded.
This will then open as below - click on the 'Notes' tab to view any updates.
Please note that a Note will be added here when your application has undergone its initial validation check. We will notify you here if it has passed and moved on to mandatory pre-payment and anti-fraud checks or if it has failed, stating the reasons why.
If there are no Notes here your application is still in the queue for review by the team, which we aim to complete within 3-5 working days of submission.
What is the purpose of this funding?
This funding is being made available to support local economies and businesses that have been adversely impacted by the rise of the Omicron variant of Covid. Read the policy document [PDF, 0.3MB] to find out more.
Which businesses are eligible?
Eligibility for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure business grant scheme is set by government guidance.
The government has determined that the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant should be open to applications from businesses in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors and are defined as:
hospitality businesses whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink. This excludes food kiosks and businesses whose main service is a ‘take-away’
leisure businesses that provide opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events and days and nights out. This excludes all retail businesses, coach tour operators, tour operators, gyms and sports businesses where physical exercise is conducted.
accommodation businesses whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel or other purposes. This excludes private dwellings, education accommodation, residential homes, care homes, residential family centres and beach huts.
To be eligible for this grant, your business must also:
operate in Huntingdonshire
have been operating for business on 30 December 2021
operate from a fixed rate paying premises.
I don’t have the documentary evidence required as set out in the eligibility criteria – are there any alternatives that would be acceptable?
The evidence we have requested as part of the application process must be provided to be considered for a grant under this scheme.
Must a business have been trading on the first full day of restrictions or before restrictions to be eligible?
A business must have been trading on 30 December 2021.
When will I receive the money?
All payments will be passed to BACS for payment by 31 March 2022.
How long is the scheme open?
The scheme remains open until 18 March 2022.
Are grants made under the scheme subject to tax?
Grant income received by a business is taxable, therefore the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant will be subject to tax. Only businesses that make an overall profit once grant income is included will be subject to tax.
Are there any conditions attached to this grant funding?
Recipients of grant funding must comply with all the scheme conditions, including subsidy requirements and the provision of information to the local authority to support monitoring and assurance. By accepting the grant, each recipient confirms that they are compliant with the conditions for the scheme.
If a local authority subsequently finds that this self-declaration is incorrect, it will be able to take action and the business would be liable for clawback.
Will parish councils be eligible for this fund?
No, town and parish councils aren’t eligible for this grant.
Can businesses that do not pay business rates receive support under this scheme?
No, this scheme is to support eligible businesses on the business rates system.
Can businesses that are eligible but don’t want or need funding opt out?
A business does not have to apply and may decline the grant.
Is there an appeals process for businesses under this scheme?
There is no appeals procedure.
Do subsidy rules apply?
Yes. More information can be found on the Government’s Omicron subsidy page.
Will the council undertake any fraud checks?
In accordance with the government’s guidance, applications to the grant fund will be subject to anti-fraud checks (including with third-party agencies) prior to payment of grants. If fraudulent claims are subsequently detected after the grant is awarded, we reserve the right to pursue reclaiming those monies.