Business Rates support during Covid-19

Government Announcement 21st December 2021 - Grants for Hospitality and Leisure Sectors 

Businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors in England will be eligible for one-off grants of up to £6,000 per premises, plus more than £100 million discretionary funding will be made available for local authorities to support other businesses.

The full statement can be found here £1 billion in support for businesses most impacted by Omicron across the UK - GOV.UK (

A Grant Support Fact Sheet detailing the announcement can be found on the website.

Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

The primary principle of the one-off Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme is to support premises that offer in-person services, where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed rate-paying premises, in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors.

This grant is open to ratepayers only.

For more details and to apply please see our online form.

This grant closes to applications on 18th March 2022.

The full Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant policy can be found in related content.

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) Round 5 NOW OPEN!

The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) Round 5 is a new grant scheme for certain local businesses. Please note, this is separate to the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant and certain businesses may be eligible to receive a grant from both schemes. You should follow the instructions under both headings on this page if you believe you may be eligible for both schemes.

In order to receive a grant under the ARG Round 5 scheme, the primary activity of your business must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Indoor hospitality, including pubs/bars, cafes, restaurants and nightclubs
  • Indoor accommodation, including hotels, B&Bs, catteries and kennels
  • Indoor leisure, including gyms, children’s play areas, theatres, cinemas, bowling and similar
  • Indoor personal care, including hair, beauty and non-medical cosmetic treatments
  • Suppliers to hospitality, leisure, accommodation or personal care businesses
  • Businesses which organise, facilitate or supply events
  • Hireable halls and indoor venues
  • Travel agents and tour operators 

Our policy has sought to support the sectors which are worst affected by the latest Coronavirus restrictions. This includes sectors identified as needing support in our recent business survey, and the sectors which Government has specifically requested be supported.  Further conditions and exclusions apply and you should check your eligibility prior to applying using our policy. 

Please note, funding for this grant is limited and the grant awards to each business will be calculated after the round has closed. However, grants to mobile and home businesses will be capped at £500. All businesses occupying non-domestic premises will then receive an equal amount proportionate to the amount of funding remaining. The Council reserves the right to adjust this approach should it receive unexpectedly low or high demand.

The ARG Round 5 will close at 5pm on Friday 18th February 2022. A unique reference number will be sent via email as proof of your online application.

Apply for the grant here

Grant support for businesses during Covid-19

All grants that were available via the Business Rates system are now closed. Our discretionary grant schemes are also now closed.

Any remaining help and support can be found via the "Business Coronavirus Support Finder" link in related content.

As a local business, you may wish to keep up-to-date with our business pages; which contains lots of useful local business information and is updated regularly.  See "Business page" in related content.

You may also be interested in joining the FREE Rochford Business Network (Tell Me More).  The Rochford Business Network was set up in 2009 as a key information and mailing service between the Council and local businesses.  All services are free to use and you can subscribe now via our website, once you have signed up you will begin receiving email bulletins updating you on new grant opportunities, training workshops, networking events and much more. See "Tell Me More" in related content.

Essex Business Adaptations Grant (Second Round)

The Essex Business Adaptations Grant (Round 2) has now closed. Existing applications have now been processed and applicants informed.

Grant schemes which are now closed:

  • Small Business Grant and Retail, Hospitality & Leisure Grant
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open)
  • Closed Business Lockdown Payment
  • Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector)
  • Rochford Discretionary Business Grants Scheme
  • Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) – First & Second Rounds
  • Essex Business Adaptations Fund (EBAF) - First Round
  • Restart Grants
  • Sector-Specific Additional Restrictions Grant
  • Events Additional Restrictions Grant (EARG)
  • Essex Additional Business Support (EABS) Grant


Business Rates Reliefs

For information on Business Rates Reliefs please visit the “About Reliefs” link in the Related Content section of this page.