Council increases amount of grant funding available to omicron-hit local businesses

Published: Wednesday, 23rd February 2022

Oxford City Council has increased the amount available to Oxford businesses severely impacted by the Omicron variant of COVID-19 from £4000 to £6000 and extended the deadline for applications from Friday 25 February to Saturday 19 March.

The Additional Restrictions Grants scheme, funded by central government and administered by the Council, provides one-off grants, covering the period of December 2021 - January 2022. 

Grants are available to all businesses, including those outside the business rates system. The scheme covers all businesses who have not been eligible to apply for the Council’s Omicron Hospitality and Leisure grants, such as:

  • Wedding and events
  • Personal services, for example, hairdressers, nail bars, etc.
  • Takeaways affected by the lack of lunchtime trade
  • Sports and exercise businesses, such as gyms or yoga studios
  • Freelance and mobile businesses (including caterers, events, hair, beauty and wedding related businesses)
  • English language schools

Grants will be allocated to businesses dependent on their fixed costs, losses and number of employees. These grants are not for the self-employed and cannot be used to support wages.

To apply for an Omicron Additional Restrictions Grant, please visit:

For more information on the Council’s support for businesses, please visit: