Omicron Grants – What Can I Claim?

  • Posted on: 28 December 2021
  • By: Rachael

Omicron Grants – What Can I Claim?

The government has announced three additional grants in response to the Covid-19 omicron variant. 

One is for businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors and discretionary grants for other types of businesses have made available through your local council.  The other is support if your employees have had to be absent due to coronavirus. 


Business Grants in the hospitality & leisure sector

One-off grants of up to £6,000 per premises.  This covers a broad range of businesses, from pubs and restaurants to B&B’s & hostels.  You need to apply via your local council, we have checked several council websites and none of them are accepting applications yet – one to put in your diary for next week. 


Discretionary Business Grants for business’s affected by Omnicron

If your business has been affected by Omnicron but you’re not in the hospitality & leisure sector – it’s definitely worth applying.  They will be assessed on a case by case basis and different councils will have different criteria.  If you don’t ask, you don’t get!  As with above, none of the local councils are taking applications yet. 


Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

If you’re an employer with fewer than 250 employees, and you’ve paid Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) to your employees for absences linked to coronavirus-related sickness or self-isolation, you could be eligible for support. 

You will receive repayments at the relevant standard rate of SSP that you paid to your current or former employees for any eligible periods of sickness starting on or after 21 December 2021. 

You will be able to reclaim the costs for up to two weeks of SSP for an employee who takes time off because of coronavirus, regardless of whether you claimed for that employee under the previous scheme.

You will be able to make claims retrospectively from mid-January. We can make claims on your behalf. 


If you need any help, support or advice with any of these schemes, please get in touch: [email protected]