HOSPITALITY and leisure businesses in Wirral that have been affected by the Omicron Covid-19 variant can apply for grant funding.

From today, Wirral Council is inviting applications for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant, aimed at businesses most affected by the COVID-19 Omicron variant.

The one-off grant will be available to hospitality and leisure rate-paying businesses.

The grant amount is based on the rateable value of premises, as follows:

  • £15,000 or under: £2,667
  • £15,001 to £50,999: £4,000
  • £51,000 or over: £6,000

For more information on the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant, including details about eligibility and how to apply, visit

The deadline for applications is Monday, February 28, however the Council may need to close the scheme earlier, subject to updated government requirements. Therefore eligible businesses are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

The authority will also receive a top-up allocation of Additional Restrictions Grant from government to support other businesses that are severely impacted by the Omicron variant.

This will focus on supporting businesses that are not eligible for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant.

The council is working with Liverpool City Region authorities on this new grant and details on how to apply will be announced before the end of January.