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Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant is now open for applications. The primary principle of the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme is to support businesses 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. 

The amount businesses will receive is dependent on rateable value, changes to the ratings list after 30 December 2021 will not count towards the grant eligibility. Before applying for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant, please read the guidance.

We are currently developing a scheme to support the supply chain to the hospitality and Leisure sector through our limited ARG funding allocation of £174,000. We will look to announce further information in due course and recommend monitoring our website and social media platforms in the coming weeks.

The scheme will close for applications on 14 February 2022 and all final payments will be made to recipients by 31 March 2022. To apply for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant please see here.

Covid Additional Relief Fund

On 25 March 2021, the Government announced a new COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF) of £1.5 billion.

The fund will be available to support those businesses affected by the pandemic but that are ineligible for existing support linked to business rates. Guidance for local authorities and funding allocations were announced on 15th December 2021.

The North Kesteven scheme is currently being developed, with the aim being to contact businesses who may qualify for this relief, by the end of February 2022.

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Grant scheme and business support available to SMEs

Collaboration 4 Growth are offering grants and business support for micro, small, or medium size businesses in North Kesteven.

Lincoln BIG and Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce are working in partnership to provide business support to new and existing SMEs who trade on a business to business basis. Businesses operating solely on a business to consumer basis are ineligible to receive support from this project. Eligible businesses can receive up to 12 hours support or a grant to support the growth and diversification of the enterprise.

Collaboration 4 Growth is a project funded by the European Regional Development Fund and runs until 30th June 2023. For more information please click here.

Get your Covid-19 booster vaccine now


Everyone is being encouraged to get their booster vaccine. Here’s the latest if you wish to share it with your colleagues or customers.

Final call for ARG Start-Up Grant applications

The ARG Start-Up Grant closes this afternoon at 4pm, if you are looking to start a new business we would encourage you to apply here.

This funding is only available to businesses established on or after 12 April 2021 that are based and will operate within North Kesteven.

If you would like to speak to a member of the grants team please contact today.

Free support for North Kesteven businesses

The Council offers the service of a Business Support Adviser, Phil Means. Phil can assist businesses and provide bespoke advice and support.

If you are in business and feel you could benefit from free business advice please contact him. Either call Phil on 07920 472671 or email

Social distancing posters

Social distancing posters are still available for businesses to download here.

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If so, join our Business NK group here or follow us on twitter. We share information, support and advice on each platform.

Webinars for the weeks ahead

18/01/2022 09:30-12:30 Export Academy: Winning Business in International Markets

18/01/2022 14:00-15:00 Take Your Social Media To The World: Facebook for Business

19/01/2022 - 09/02/2022 14:00-15:30 Short Form Video for Social Media

20/01/2022 09:00-17:00 Africa Investment Conference

20/01/2022 10:00-11:30 “Home & Office - The New Hybrid Flexible Working”

20/01/2022 11:30-14:00 Exploring New Markets: Funding Support