Council continues support for hospitality and leisure businesses struggling due to impact of Omicron

Trafford Council is urging local hospitality and leisure businesses to apply for a special one-off grant to support them due to the impact of the rise in the Omicron variant.

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHLG) is offering grants of up to £6,000 to eligible food courts, pubs, restaurants and leisure-based companies who are liable for business rates.

The grants are part of a £1bn fund announced by Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak MP on 21 December 2021.

Cllr Tom Ross, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Finance and Governance, said:

"The latest Covid outbreak has placed massive pressures and challenges on our hospitality and leisure businesses at their most important trading time of the year.

“These grants are important to help save businesses and jobs and Trafford Council has acted quickly to ensure that applications for the funding can be made immediately. The Council is focused on steering the borough through recovery and I am proud of the dedication of our officers in this work. I am delighted that we are continuing our extensive support for local businesses and urge all eligible businesses to apply.”

Find out if your business is eligible for the OHLG and to apply for the grant, visit Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHLG) (

Eligible businesses are also invited to apply for grants through the Council’s Additional Restrictions Grant scheme which was launched in November 2020 and has been a huge success, financially supporting over 2,000 local businesses to date.
The new grants will provide funding to support businesses to access international markets; support green Investment and skills growth, young people, key sectors and new start businesses.

Full details of how to apply and the eligibility criteria can be found on our Additional Restrictions (Discretionary) Grant Scheme (

Posted on Wednesday 5th January 2022