Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

Lewes District Council is now accepting applications from businesses that are eligible for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant. The scheme was announced by the government on 21 December in recognition of the rise in the Omicron variant and the impact it was having on those sectors.

The government defines a hospitality business as a business with a main function to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink. A leisure business is defined as a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events and days and nights out.

Exclusions do apply and potential applicants should visit the council website for the full eligibility criteria - www.lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/CovidBizGrants

Lewes is one of the first councils in the UK to accept applications.

Councillor James MacCleary, Deputy Leader of Lewes District Council and Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Prosperity, said: "This latest government grant scheme is not the safety net that it should be. Hospitality and Leisure businesses were already on their knees and Omicron is the final straw.

"Business owners should visit the council website as soon as possible, check they are eligible and make a grant application. We have built a system of processing applications that is second to none, so the payments will at least be processed quickly and efficiently."

Payments will be made as soon as the council received its funding allocation from the Department for Business.