Covid-19: Business grants and financial support

Covid-19: Business grants and financial support

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Omicron Hospitality and Leisure grants

Government has announced that grants will be made available to hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses with commercial premises. Those businesses who occupy property on the ratings list will be eligible for the main Omicron Hospitality and Leisure grant scheme. Those with commercial premises, but not listed for business rates can still apply and will be supported by our local discretionary funding (known as Additional Restrictions Grant) subject to availability. 

Grants will be one off payments based on the rateable value (RV) of premises as follows:

  • RV of £15,000 or less: £2,667 OHLG grant
  • RV of £15,001 to £50,999:  £4,000 OHLG grant
  • RV above £51,000 or more: £6,000 OHLG grant
  • No RV: £2,667 ARG grant - subject to availability

Please ensure you have carefully read our detailed eligibility guide before applying. In particular, please ensure your business meets the strict definition of a hospitality, leisure or accommodation business as set by Government. Many businesses may fall outside this definition; for instance food kiosks and premises where 50% or more of your income comes from takeaways are not eligible to apply.

As part of the application process, you will be asked to provide your Business Rate Account details, your bank details, and a bank statement that covers a period of at least 1 month leading up to and including the 30th Dec 2021. Please ensure you have this information to hand before starting your application.

Omicron Hospitality & Leisure Grant application form


Springback Round 2 Grant

Following a modest increase in our local discretionary funding (known as Additional Restriction Grant) we  have launched a new funding scheme that aims to support Newcastle based businesses that have been severely impacted by the Omicron wave. This grant award should be used to help mitigate the impact of the Omicron wave. This support is available to businesses that have commercial premises and those that don't (subject to conditions).  The grant value will be £2,667. Businesses that are eligible for the Omicron Hospitality & Leisure Grant are not eligible. There is limited funding available, meaning it is unlikely we will be able to support all those businesses who may wish to apply. 

Please ensure you have carefully read our detailed eligibility guide before applying. 

As part of the application process, you will be asked to provide your Business Rate Account details (if appropriate), your Council Tax reference number (if your business does not have commercial premises), additional evidence to demonstrate your business is based within Newcastle (e.g. signed leases, insurance documents) your bank details, and bank statements that covers a period of at least 3 months leading up to and including the 30th Dec 2021. Please ensure you have this information to hand before starting your application.

This link will take you to our Springback Round 2 Grant application form.


Outbreak Support Grant

Newcastle businesses forced to close due to staff self-isolating are now able to apply for a new grant scheme. Aimed at businesses with commercial premises, we will provide grants of £1,000 - £3,000 to help businesses offset the costs of having to shut down for three days or more due to staff isolations.

To be eligible, businesses must have three employees or more based at the premises that have been forced to close for at least three days consecutively due to staff having to self-isolate, either through testing positive or being a close contact. Full details of the Outbreak Support Grant eligibility criteria are available online.

Following your application, we aim to process payments within approximately 10 working days.

Applications must be submitted within 28 days of the start of your business closure. In recognition that staff may be required to self-isolate several times, businesses can apply once in every 28-day period.

Complete an Outbreak Support Grant application using our online form.

Digital Tech Resilience Grant

Funded by Newcastle City Council, the Digital Tech Resilience Grant will cover 50% of the costs (up to £3000) to implement a technology that increases business and covid resilience. The aim of the grant is to ultimately improve public health by reducing the risk of increased covid cases.

For example, you could be a taxi driver looking to introduce a digital payment system to reduce cash handling, or a retailer encouraging digital pre-orders to reduce unnecessary touching of in-store products.

The Digital Tech Resilience Grant is your next step after accessing free business support delivered by the Digital Pathfinders team; digital experts who will help you derisk your investment. Their support is tailored to your business and digital needs, whether you’re completely new to technology or already know what you’re looking for.

Their support activities can encompass, but are not limited to, the following services:

To be eligible for the grant, the following criteria must be met:

The full eligibility details can be viewed on our Covid 19 business grants eligibility criteria page.

To register for the Digital Pathfinders programme complete the online form, or contact us to learn more about the Digital Tech Resilience Grant.

North of Tyne Innovation Recovery Grant

A new £1.5m grant fund has been launched by the North of Tyne Combined Authority to support business innovation across North Tyneside, Newcastle and Northumberland.

The North of Tyne Innovation Recovery Grant is part of the Authority’s package of support to businesses dealing with the impact of COVID-19. It is designed to enable a green and sustainable recovery by funding projects that have potential to safeguard and create new jobs, build a more inclusive economy, and contribute towards the net zero agenda.

It is delivered on behalf of the North of Tyne Combined Authority by NBSL and the Innovation SuperNetwork, who together bring combined experience in managing both grant funding projects and delivering innovation support.

Find out more on the North of Tyne Combined Authority innovation recovery grant website.

Citylife Business Support

Citylife Business Support is a new service for SME’s who have be adversely affected by COVID-19, offering tailored advice to help them adapt to new challenges and safeguard jobs.

Funded though the £1.5 million Capacity Fund that was granted to Newcastle City Council by the North of Tyne Combined Authority, it is part of the city’s commitment to supporting businesses, voluntary and community organisations and unemployed residents who have been adversely impacted by COVID-19. 

Find out more on our Citylife business support page.

Business rates relief

Retail, hospitality and leisure businesses who pay business rates will also be able to benefit from a 75% reduction in 2021/22 and a 50% reduction in 2022/23

This process will be automated, and businesses do not need to contact the council. 

Any additional support through the business rates system will be managed by our business rates team.

For further information, see the business rates Coronavirus information page.

Further help and advice

To find out what support you may be able to access from Government through the Job Retention (Furlough) Scheme, Self Employment Income Support Scheme and other measures, visit the Government’s Coronavirus business support website.

We have a specialist team who can provide support for businesses during this difficult time.

Please email our business support team and our team will be in touch as soon as possible.  

We also continue to offer our usual support for businesses. Details of this can be found via out business support in Newcastle page

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