The deadline for Kirklees businesses to apply for the latest Covid-19 Government support grants has been extended until Friday 18 March 2022.
Kirklees Council is currently administering two business support grants. One is the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHLG) and the second is the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG).
The deadline for the OHLG and the recently reopened ARG give local businesses more time to apply. Payments will then be made by 31 March 2022.
Kirklees Council is encouraging local businesses in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors to closely check the eligibility criteria and then apply if they are eligible.
Businesses affected by the emergence of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 are being encouraged to find out more.
This includes those impacted by the ongoing fear of Omicron such as hotels, restaurants and bed and breakfasts.
Those who supply the hospitality and leisure industry with services, such as those working in events, mobile catering, hairdressing and private fitness classes should also check to see if they are eligible.
Cllr Peter McBride, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “Kirklees Council has extended the application window for the Omicron hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHLG) to 18 March 2022. This grant is for businesses in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors that have been impacted by the Covid-19 Omicron variant.
“We are still encouraging businesses to submit their applications as soon as possible and to double-check that they are providing all relevant evidence in the correct format.
“This is really important to support the turnaround in applications, as the final payment date the council needs to make remains 31 March 2022 and we want to make sure we have time to process them all.
“Alongside the Omicron Hospitality & Leisure Grant, Kirklees Council also recently reopened applications for the Additional Restrictions Grant, with a closing date of 28 February.
“This grant is primarily for non-rate-paying hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses and those in other sectors impacted by Omicron.
“In addition to sectors previously eligible in January, this grant is now open to businesses in personal care (e.g. hairdressing salons), gyms and sport, animal boarding and commercial car parks.”
Full details, including eligibility criteria and the application portals, can be found here.