HBC launches two new grants for struggling businesses

Thursday, 6 January, 2022

Two new grant schemes have been launched by Havant Borough Council (HBC) for businesses impacted by the current wave of coronavirus infections.

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHLG) is a one-off payment of up to £6,000 for hospitality and leisure businesses, depending on the rateable value of their business premises. The sorts of businesses that may be eligible include pubs; restaurants; wedding venues; theatres; village halls; caravan parks; guest houses; and hotels.

The OHLG scheme will close to applications at midnight on Monday 28 February 2022.

Businesses that that can demonstrate a reduction in income as a result of coronavirus may be eligible for a grant up to £7,800 through the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG).

Applications to the ARG will close at midnight on Sunday 23 January.

Businesses that qualify for the OHLG scheme can also apply to the ARG.

Cllr Tony Denton – HBC Cabinet Lead for Finance, said:

“The festive period may not have seen a full lockdown, but fear of the omicron variant and increasing infection rates will have led people to cancel their plans for parties and events to keep their friends and family safe.

“I hope that these grants can help soften the impact for many affected businesses in the borough.”

Find out more and apply on our Business Support webpage