Support for businesses due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

On 21 December 2021 the chancellor set out measures to help England’s hospitality sector as it struggles with a collapse in bookings sparked by a rise in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. The measures include a £1bn fund including cash grants of up to £6000 per premises for each eligible business. Read more about the support on GOV.UK.

Hospitality and leisure grants due to Omicron

These are one-off grants to support businesses in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors that offer in-person services that may be suffering hardship due to the Omicron variant.


The grant is available to hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses that were trading and registered for business rates on Thursday 30 December 2021.

Examples of the types of business that will qualify include:

  • Hospitality: restaurants, cafes, public houses/pub restaurants, food courts, roadside restaurants, wine bars.

  • Leisure: cinemas, museums and art galleries, theatres, wedding venues, events venues, night clubs and discotheques, arenas, concert halls, soft play centres/areas, amusement arcades, amusement parks, theme parks, tourist attractions, stately homes and historic homes, zoos and farm parks, casinos and gambling clubs, indoor riding centres, clubs and institutions, village halls and scout/cadet huts.

  • Accommodation: hotels, B&Bs, holiday apartments/cottages/bungalows, guest houses, hostels, lodges, holiday homes, catered holiday homes, boarding houses, coaching inns, country house hotels, chalet parks, caravan parks/sites/pitches, campsites, canal boats/other vessels.

Please note: the qualifying criteria for the hospitality and leisure grant due to Omicron is different to previous grant schemes, and the award of a previous grant doesn't guarantee an award under this scheme. Examples of types of business that won't qualify for this grant include: fast-food takeaways, hairdressers, beauticians, tattoo parlours, gyms, sport businesses where physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual basis - which includes dance and fitness studios, sports centres and clubs, sports courts, swimming pools and golf courses.

How much you'll receive

The grants are per premises and the amount paid is varied by rateable value (RV) of each eligible premises, in three bands:

  • RV £0 to £15,000 - a grant of £2667
  • RV £15,000 to £51,000 - a grant of £4000
  • RV over £51,000 - a grant of £6000

If you don't have a business rates account

If you don't have a business rates account you can still apply for a discretionary grant if you meet the other eligibility criteria and you have fixed property costs. You'll need to provide evidence of these costs, such as a valid tenancy agreement, rent statement or mortgage statement.

How to apply

If you think you qualify for a grant you can apply by filling in our online form below. We may make some automatic payments to businesses, but don't assume if you've previously been paid automatically that you also will on this occasion - please fill in the application form.

In the form you'll need to tell us:

  • details of the business
  • business rates reference number (this is on your business rates bill)
  • bank account details where the payment should be sent
  • one of the following:
    • company reference number
    • National Insurance number
    • registered charity number
    • self-assessment/partnership number
    • taxpayer reference number
    • VAT registration number

If you don't have a business rates account and are applying for the discretionary scheme, you'll also need to upload evidence of your fixed property costs in the online form (eg a valid tenancy agreement, rent statement or mortgage statement).

After submitting your application we'll check your eligibility for the grant. If you're eligible you should receive the payment within seven to 10 working days. Please don't contact us to chase a payment until at least 10 working days have passed, as this will delay the process.

The scheme closes to new applications on Friday 18 February 2022, and you must provide any supporting evidence required by Monday 28 February 2022. Final payments will be made by Thursday 31 March 2022.

*NEW*: Travel agent and coach tour operator grants due to Omicron

We've introduced a scheme to support small independent travel agents and coach tour operators which will be funded from the Additional Restrictions Grant funding.

A one-off grant is available to businesses in the travel sector that can demonstrate trade has been severely impacted by international travel restrictions and/or the Omicron variant.

Eligibility and how to apply

If you'd like more information about this scheme, please email and state you'd like further details about the travel agent and coach tour operator grant scheme. We'll then contact you to discuss this further.

How much you’ll receive

  • Eligible home-based businesses will receive a one-off payment of £1500.
  • All other eligible businesses will receive a one-off payment of £4000.

The scheme closes to new applications on Friday 18 February 2022.

Subsidy allowance/state aid

These grant payments are subject to subsidy allowance conditions (formerly state aid). Any business that has excessed their allowance are not entitled to receive a grant.

Barnsley Council will make payments in accordance with the guidance provided by the government: COVID-19 business grant funding schemes: guidance for local authorities.

Data protection and data sharing

Barnsley Council is required by law to protect the public funds it administers. We may share information provided to us with other bodies responsible for auditing, administrating public funds or where undertaking a public function in order to prevent and detect fraud.

As these grants are administered on behalf of the government Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) there maybe a requirement to share this data with BEIS. Read the BEIS COVID-19 business support grant schemes privacy notice.