Business grants - applications now open

Published: Wednesday, 19 January 2022

The following grant schemes are now open for applications:

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme

On 21 December 2021, government announced the introduction of grant support for hospitality and leisure businesses in England.

The scheme provides support to hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses, in recognition that the rise of the Omicron variant means that some businesses are likely to struggle over the coming weeks.

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.

This is a one-off grant scheme commencing from Thursday December 30, 2021. Applications will close on Monday February 28, 2022.

This scheme will be administered in line with Government requirements.

Find details of the scheme, eligibility criteria, eligible periods and how to apply

Additional Restrictions Grant (Local Discretionary Support Grant)

The Additional Restrictions Grant was announced on 31 October 2020 with a further update on the 21 December 2021. Oadby and Wigston Borough Council are re-launching the Additional Restrictions Grant Scheme to businesses who remain severely impacted by COVID-19 restrictions and those who have been severely impacted by the Omicron variant of COVID-19, we encourage all current businesses to apply.

Applications will be considered on a first come first served basis. The Additional Restrictions Grant is a discretionary fund that will close to applications on Friday 18 February 2022 or earlier should the grant become oversubscribed.

Find details of the scheme, eligibility criteria, eligible periods and how to apply


The Council, working with the Local Enterprise Partnership, is looking to support businesses under three years old with growth potential or a desire to diversify, to access funding from the ARG. This fund is limited to those businesses who have been working with the LEP and have been identified as applicants.

If you think you may qualify for this stream of ARG please contact your LEP Business Advisor. The deadline for applications for this grant is 17:00 on Monday 31 January 2022. More information about the LEP and its offer can be found here.