Covid-19 Business Support Grants

Here you will find information about the grants and financial help available to local businesses as a result of Covid-19 local and national restrictions.

Available Grants

This scheme is only available to rate paying businesses.

The primary principle of the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme is to support businesses that offer in-person services, where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed rate-paying premises, in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible to an Omicron Hospitality & Leisure Grant a business must:

  • be the ratepayer on the Billing Authorities records of the property on 30 December 2021.
  • have been trading on 30 December 2021 (for the purposes of this grant scheme, a business is considered to be trading if it is engaged in business activity. This should be interpreted as carrying on a trade or profession, or buying and selling goods or services in order to generate turnover. Fully constituted businesses in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking-off notice are not eligible under these conditions)
  • offer in-person services, where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed rate-paying premises, in the Hospitality or Leisure sectors (see definitions and examples below).
  • have its main service  within the hospitality, leisure or accommodation sectors, as set out in the government's guidance. Please see the following definitions and exclusions listed below. (If a business operates services that could be considered hospitality or leisure, and also fall into another category, the main service can be determined by assessing which category constitutes 50% or more of their overall income). 

General exclusions under the OHLG scheme:

In addition to the specific exclusions listed in each sector above, general exclusions to this scheme also include:

  • Businesses which do not fall within the eligible sectors and thresholds.
  • Businesses that are not within the ratings system will not be eligible to receive funding under the national rate paying business scheme. 
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted UK subsidy allowances will not be eligible to receive funding.
  • Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme.
  • Any changes to the rating list (rateable value or to the property) after 30/12/2021 should be ignored for the purposes of eligibility. Local Authorities are not required to adjust, pay or recover grants where the rating list is subsequently amended retrospectively to 30/12/2021.
  • Where we have reason to believe that the information that they hold about the ratepayer is inaccurate we may withhold or recover the grant and take reasonable steps to identify the correct ratepayer.

Grant amounts payable under the OHLG scheme

If eligible, rate paying businesses within the Hospitality, Leisure and Accommodation sector will be paid at the following rates, based on the Rateable Value (RV) of the business premises: 

Rateable Value              Grant amount payable

Under £15,000                   £2,667

£15,001 to £50,999        £4,000

£51,00 and over                 £6,000

Scheme closure date

The Government requires that all grant payments must be paid to eligible businesses by 31 March 2022. In order to ensure all eligible payments can be made by this date, the application window will close at 17:00 on 28 February 2021

This scheme is now open for applications.

The second wave of our Additional Restriction Grants (ARG) are now available for creative and cultural organisations, who were impacted by coronavirus restrictions, across Doncaster.

The Additional Restriction Grants (ARG) funding scheme aims to support businesses severely impacted by coronavirus restrictions when most needed. The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) will help safeguard the future of the cultural and creative industries across South Yorkshire.

This funding will support local creative and cultural organisations and businesses in Doncaster, by enabling new creative work that will inspire vibrancy in our towns and villages.

The grant has been created specifically to help start-ups, micro and Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) in the borough, to adapt and overcome setbacks following the impact of Covid-19. The funding ranges from micro grants of £5,000 to large grants of up to £40,000.

This grant is currently closed for applications.

Upcoming Grants

The Economic Recovery Grant (ERG) will reopen for applications at 9am on Tuesday 1st February 2022. To apply please call our team on 01302 735555 on this date. No applications will be accepted prior to the 1st February.

All applications need to be in and approved by the 31st of March.

This grant will provide help and assistance to Doncaster start-ups, micro and small to medium businesses affected by the pandemic and the impacts of Brexit to recover and grow.

Eligible businesses will be able to access grants up to £5,000 to help fund projects in a range of areas.

Eligibility checks will be carried out and qualifying businesses will be sent an application pack and a business advisor will be appointed to support you through the application process.

Our phone lines may be busy and we may not be able to answer your call initially. Please do not leave a message to register your application as it will not be picked up.  Please continue to call until you speak to an advisor.

Last updated: 26 January 2022, 12:00