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Business support grant funding

We administer grants on behalf of the government to support businesses.


Find out more about the Omicron hospitality and leisure grant

This grant is to support hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses who have had their trading impacted by the recent surge in Covid cases because of the new Omicron variant.

Additional restrictions grant (ARG)

The Government will provide a further top-up for the ARG. Councils have discretion over how this grant is allocated locally. However, the government expects councils to use this latest funding to help businesses severely impacted by the restrictions and the rise of the Omicron variant, including businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors not eligible for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant. Taking earlier allocations as a guide, Leicester could expect to receive around £600,000. The council is considering how this funding can best be used to support local businesses.

Eligible businesses need to apply for a grant. The council is not allowed to pay grants automatically to businesses that received grants earlier in the pandemic. We will open an online application process as soon as possible. Please do not contact us about this in the meantime.


Closed grants 

Applications for the restart grant closed on 30 June 2021.

To support the recovery as restrictions on businesses are relaxed, a one-off 'restart grant' has been paid to non-essential retail businesses and hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses that have been receiving on-going lockdown grant payments. An equivalent discretionary grant has been paid to businesses that have been receiving on-going discretionary grants.

The grant amounts are:

Non-essential retail properties:

  • Rateable value of £15,000 or less: a grant of £2,667
  • Rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000: a grant of £4,000
  • Rateable value of £51,000 or above: a grant of £6,000

Hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym properties:

  • Rateable value of £15,000 or less: a grant of £8,000
  • Rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000: a grant of £12,000
  • Rateable value of £51,000 or above: a grant of £18,000

The government has provided a detailed list of eligible business types within each sector - view detailed list (PDF).

Rate paying businesses that are legally required to close, and which have received the lockdown grant payments to 15 February 2021, are also entitled to receive the national lump sum grants recently announced by the government. These grants have been paid. The grant amounts are:

  • £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
  • £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • £9,000 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000.

Details of the discretionary grant schemes from November 2020 to June 2021 can be seen on the Additional restrictions grant page. Leicester received £12.5m, which was paid to businesses.

The one-off £1,000 Christmas grant for ‘wet-led' pubs has now closed.

The local restrictions support grant provided grants every 14 or 28 days during lockdown periods from 5 November 2020 to 31 March 2021 for businesses legally required to close. Lump sum grants were also payable in January 2021. There was also a grant for businesses in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors that were allowed to remain open from August to November 2020. All of these grant schemes have now closed to new applications, the final closure date being 31 May 2021.


Other available grants