Support grants for businesses

On 21 December 2021, the government announced additional economic support to help businesses that are experiencing difficulties because of the Omicron variant, and the dual impact of staff absences and lower consumer demand. This support is in the form of a business rates relief package plus two further business grant funds. All of these support packages are subject to current subsidy allowance thresholds.

Businesses seeking further information on coronavirus financial support should refer to the government’s business support website.

COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF) 

The government has published guidance on the COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF), which was initially announced in March 2021. The CARF is aimed at providing business rates relief to specific business sectors who have been affected by the pandemic but yet to receive any form of business rates relief. More information about this additional business rates support package is on our reliefs and discounts page. 

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) Top Up

This is a third top up of £102 million to the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) scheme for local authorities to continue providing discretionary support to those businesses severely impacted by the coronavirus restrictions and the rise of the Omicron variant, when most needed. Further ARG guidance on this announcement is available.

Salford City Council is currently awaiting further details of our allocation of this ARG top up fund and clarification on which businesses will be eligible. Further information will be made available on this webpage as soon as we are able to do so and also via our social media channels - @SalfordCouncil and @SalfordBusiness

Using funds from previous top up grants, we continue to support local businesses which trade online with free training and grants to enhance their cyber security. This innovative scheme in partnership with HOST can help SMEs, freelancers or self-employed traders. Find out more about this free cyber support

Omicron Hospitality, Leisure and Accommodation Grant (OHLG)

This new one-off grant is for business ratepayers in the hospitality, leisure, and accommodation sectors. The amount paid will be based on the rateable value of business premises. These grants are subject to tax and will need to be declared by businesses in their tax returns.

Eligibility criteria

A business should meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be currently trading and registered on the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) ratings list at a property in Salford as at 30 December 2021.
    For the purposes of trading, a business can be considered trading if it: 
    • continues to trade including online, via delivery services and so on
    • is not in liquidation, dissolved, struck off or subject to a striking-off notice or under notice
    • is engaged in business activity; managing accounts, preparing for reopening, planning and implementing COVID-safe measures.
  • Not have exceeded subsidy allowance limits and able to supply applicable accounting evidence if required
  • Predominantly provide in-person services to customers within the hospitality, leisure or accommodation sectors whereby:
    • Hospitality is a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink.
    • Leisure is a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events, days and nights out, betting and gaming.
    • Accommodation is a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes.

Further information about what types of businesses are considered to be part of these sectors is detailed on our Omicron Hospitality, Leisure and Accommodation Grant eligible business sectors page.

Ineligibility criteria

A business is not eligible to receive funding under this scheme if:

  • they are not registered within the ratings system
  • have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted subsidy allowances
  • they are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made

How to apply

We have contacted businesses we deem eligible based on previous grant applications  with an email asking them to complete a short application form. It’s important that businesses use the personalised link provided in the email, to speed up the process and avoid delay in your applications being processed.

For those businesses who don’t hear from us but deem themselves eligible, an online form will be available in due course. Please check back to this webpage for more information on how to apply.

We do not accept applications from third parties for the OHLG grant.


Please note that all requested supporting evidence must be supplied by 28 February 2022 and grant payments will be made no later than 31 March 2022.

Business grant payment amounts are as follows:

Rateable value of business premises

One-off grant amount

Up to £15,000


Over £15,000 and less than £51,000


More than £51,000


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