GRANT FUND OHLG 1 - Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHLG) Scheme:

Funding is available under the Omicron Grant Scheme to support hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses facing difficulties due to the rise of the Omicron variant.

One-off grants are available for occupier properties on the local rating list depending on the rateable value of the premises as of 30 December 2021:

  • £2,667 for properties with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under
  • £4,000 for properties with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000
  • £6,000 for properties with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over

Eligibility

  • Businesses must have been trading on 30 December 2021.
  • The property must be on the local rating list
  • The business must not be in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking off notice on Companies House

Hospitality

A hospitality business can be defined as a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink (not takeaways).

Leisure

A leisure business can be defined as a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events and nights out. Gyms and sports businesses are excluded.

Accommodation

An accommodation business can be defined as a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel or other purposes.

Full details of the Council’s scheme can be found in the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant Scheme.

Please visit the Government's website to check if your business is eligible for the Omicron hospitality and leisure grant

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Please ensure that you have the following information to hand before starting your application:

  • Business Rate Account number
  • Bank account details
  • Bank account evidence (bank statement, copy of a blank cheque, paying-in slip)

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Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG) – Discretionary:

GRANT FUND ARG 1 - Grant funding for hospitality & leisure, accommodation, travel & tourism and personal care (with high fixed costs) businesses not eligible for Omicron Hospitality & Leisure Grants (OHLG) but severely affected by Omicron (Scheme 1)

We also have funding to help consumer businesses that have been severely affected by the Omicron variant but are not eligible for OHLG or have been severely impacted by Covid-19. This will include businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors, accommodation, personal care and travel and tourism. Please see the table below for businesses in the relevant sectors that will be prioritised for this grant funding. To qualify for this funding, businesses must have been trading in Dartford on 30 December 2021. Funding will be an awarded on a first come first served basis and in line with discretionary policy guidance issued by the Council.

View the guidance here or

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Priority will be given to hospitality & leisure, hospitality & leisure supply chains, accommodation and travel & tourism businesses that have not received support through the Omicron Hospitality & Leisure Grant (OHLG) and have high fixed costs. We will also consider some applications from the personal care sector, where businesses can evidence a high level of fixed costs and severe loss (>30%) of income during the pandemic (or other exceptional circumstances).

Sector

Definition

Supply Chain

Hospitality

This includes ARG-eligible venues or premises where the primary activity is in-person on-site food & beverage consumption. It includes food courts, pubs, restaurants, bars and cafes. Businesses offering primarily takeaway services are not eligible.

Supply chain businesses directly linked to these venue types will be considered dependant on fixed costs, and the impact of the current restrictions on their ability to operate their services.

Leisure

This includes ARG-eligible venues or premises, open to customers during the winter season, where the primary activity is to provide indoor opportunities and experiences for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events or days and nights out. It includes cinemas, museums, wedding venues, professional event venues, night clubs, tourist attractions, soft play centres, clubs and village halls.

Supply chain businesses directly linked to these venue types will be considered dependant on fixed costs, and the impact of the current restrictions on their ability to operate their services.

Domestic and International Travel and Tourism

This includes travel agents, tour operators and group travel businesses. The business should organise and/or conduct most of its travel and tourism activities abroad or for larger groups over 30 people and thus not be able to operate normally during the current period.

Supply chain businesses directly linked to the domestic or international travel industry will be considered dependant on fixed costs, and the impact of the current restrictions on their ability to operate their services.

Accommodation

This includes ARG-eligible premises, open to customers during the winter season, where the primary activity is to provide lodging for holidays, travel or other purposes. It includes caravan parks, campsites, guest houses, hotels, holiday apartments and B&Bs.

Supply chain businesses directly linked to the domestic or international travel industry will be considered dependant on fixed costs, and the impact of the current restrictions on their ability to operate their services.

Personal Care

Priority will be given to sectors listed above but some personal care businesses will be considered (with high fixed costs >30%) or if there are exceptional circumstances.

 

Fixed Costs are any costs relating to the operation of the business that cannot be cancelled during this period. These could include property costs such as rent for commercial premises, utilities, etc. Fixed costs do not include employee costs, personal income or dividends.

GRANT FUND ARG 2 - Cultural Events & Business Support Activity Grant (Scheme 2)

Applications are now being encouraged from those businesses within the event, cultural or entertainment sectors or socially focused organisations based in Dartford looking to develop an overarching programme of activity to support economic recovery within our commercial centres and local communities.

Allied to supporting hospitality and leisure sectors we plan to boost the vitality of our town centre and villages.

All types of cultural, creative and socially focused organisations, of all sizes, are encouraged to apply, including self-employed artists and performers.

Applications are open for grants between £2000 and £150,000. The deadline for applying is 7 February 2022.

To be eligible for this grant:

  • You must be a cultural, creative, socially focused organisation or performer based in Dartford.
  • Your planned ‘event’ will take place in the Dartford borough between 1 April 2021 and 20 December 2022.
  • Certain outcomes are fulfilled as a result of your event (refer to guidance)
  • You have not breached COVID-19 regulations and received a prohibition notice.
  • You have not exceeded the COVID-19 business grants subsidy allowance.

You will be required to complete an application form and submit a 1000 word proposal detailing your event or business support activity.

For more information on this grant please read the event and business support activity grant application guidance. This has important information on how we will assess each application and the information required to complete your written proposal.

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GRANT FUND ARG 3 - Grant funding for traders on Dartford’s Thursday and Saturday Markets (Scheme 3)

This funding is to help permanent and permanent casual traders working on Dartford’s Thursday and Saturday street market that have been severely impacted by Covid-19. To qualify for this funding, traders must have been trading in Dartford on 30 December 2021.

View the guidance here or

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Please direct any enquiries regarding the available grants to the Business Grants Team.

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