Coronavirus (COVID-19): Business Support

Omicron Business Grants are now available. Application deadline: 28th February 2022

On 21st December 2021, the Government announced the introduction of grant support for hospitality and leisure businesses in England - see announcement on the GOV.UK website.

The scheme provides support to hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses that are within the business rates system.

Grants currently live:

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Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

Note: Deadline for applications is 28th February 2022 (12 o'clock, midday).

This support will take the form of a one-off grant funding scheme. The scheme is called the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant and is administered by business rate billing authorities in England.

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant will support hospitality, leisure and accommodation business premises with one-off grants of up to £6,000. 

Businesses occupying premises appearing on the local rating list on 30th December 2021: 

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

Please note: The decision of the grant panel is final and there is no appeals process.


Then, if you are eligible:

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Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) - Round 6

Please note: Priority will be given to those businesses severely impacted by the rise of the Omicron Variant, including those ineligible for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant.

Businesses that are struggling and are not covered by other grant schemes or where additional funding is needed can apply for the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) - Round 6. National guidance on the scheme can be found here:

Adur & Worthing Councils are delivering this funding in collaboration with other local Councils and will deliver the grant as part of the West Sussex Districts & Boroughs Additional Restrictions Discretionary Grant scheme.

Note: This round of funding will close for applications on 28th February 2022 (12 o'clock, midday).

Please read the below guidance. These guidelines set out the eligibility under which organisations and businesses in West Sussex will qualify to make an application and the evidence required to support an application.

Check eligibility for the West Sussex Additional Restrictions Discretionary Grant Scheme:

Whilst Adur & Worthing Councils are part of the West Sussex Scheme, we continue to listen to our business community and understand the latest announcements have been challenging.

Please note:

  • As we are anticipating high demand we are unable to guarantee all applications will be successful
  • The decision of the grant panel is final and there is no appeals process

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Grants - closed

These grants are no longer accepting applications:

  • Restart Grant 2021
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Addendum) 2021
  • Closed Business Lockdown Payment 2021
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) 2020
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) 2020
  • Wet-Led Pubs Grant (Christmas Support Payment) 2020

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Business support finder tool

A new 'support finder' tool to help businesses and self-employed people across the UK quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to them during the coronavirus pandemic has been launched.

A simple questionnaire that takes business owners under a minute to complete directs them to relevant government financial support:

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Financial Support for Businesses

We will update our website if further funding becomes available. In the interim other options for support that may benefit some businesses include:

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Key Helplines and Email addresses

HMRC Specialist Advice Line: 0800 024 1222 - open from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday

Business Support Helpline: Backed by the UK Government, the Business Support Helpline provides free, impartial business support and signposting services to businesses in England. For details of how to contact them see Business Support Helpline - on the GOV.UK website

ACAS Employers Advice Line: 0300 123 1100

Questions on International Trade & Coronavirus: email

Other sources of information include: 

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