Emergency Business Fund - January 2022

Businesses in Wales impacted by the rapid spread of the Omicron virus can apply for emergency financial support under a new Welsh Government support package.

The funding is available for retail, hospitality, leisure and tourism business, and their supply chains, affected by the move to alert level 2.

What is available and who is eligible? 

There are different amounts of funding available depending on whether or not a business is liable for Non Domestic Rates. Select one of the following to find out what's available and who is eligible:

Businesses liable for Non Domestic Rates

What's available?

The grants available to businesses that are liable for Non Domestic Rates are:

  • Grant A - A £2,000 cash grant payment for hospitality, retail, tourism and leisure businesses or supply chain businesses supplying these sector with a greater than 40% drop in turnover over the funding period, with Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR) qualifying hereditaments with a rateable value under £12,000. The same ratepayer may only receive this grant for a maximum of two properties in each local authority.
  • Grant B - A £4,000 cash grant payment for hospitality, retail, tourism and leisure businesses chain businesses supplying these sector with a greater than 40% drop in turnover over the funding period, with qualifying hereditaments with a rateable value between £12,001 and £51,000.
  • Grant C - A £6,000 cash grant payment for hospitality, retail, tourism and leisure businesses chain businesses supplying these sector with a greater than 40% drop in turnover over the funding period, occupying hereditaments with a rateable value between £51,001 and £500,000.

Eligibility for the grant

To be eligible, your business must be one of the following:

  • Operating in one of the following sectors:
    • hospitality
    • tourism
    • retail
    • leisure
  • a supply chain for the hospitality, tourism, retail or leisure sector paying business rates, that has had a more than 40% drop in turnover as a result of the additional restrictions

If a business is liable to pay business rates, the property must have been on the NDR rating list as of 1 September 2021 and the ratepayer needs to have been in occupation of the property as of 30 November 2021.

Businesses not eligible for this grant

The following types of Business are not eligible for support in this grant scheme:

  • Financial services (eg. banks, building societies, cash points, ATMs, bureaux de change, payday lenders, betting shops, pawn brokers)
  • Self-catering accommodation, where the number of guest is less than 30 people at any one time, with the exception being outdoor education centres
  • Businesses whose Rateable Value is greater than £500,000
  • Businesses who have exceeded £335,000 in Government funding over the last three years
  • Where the total amount of Grant Funding awarded in the last 12 months (December 2020 – December 2021) exceeds the previous 12 month annual turnover (December 2019 to December 2020)
  • Medical services (e.g. vets, dentists, doctors, osteopaths, chiropractors),
  • Professional services (e.g. solicitors, accountants, insurance agents, financial advisers, tutors),
  • Post Office sorting offices
  • Day nurseries
  • Kennels and catteries
  • Casino and gambling clubs
  • Show homes and marketing 

Businesses that were not actively trading and generating sales revenue up to the 13th December 2021 are not eligible for this grant.

Businesses that are not liable for Non Domestic Rates

The grants available to businesses that are not liable for Non Domestic Rates are:

  • Grant A - A £1,000 cash grant payment for hospitality, tourism, retail and related supply chain businesses which do not employ anyone apart from the owner, and do not have a property.
  • Grant B - A £2,000 cash grant payment for hospitality, tourism, retail and related supply chain businesses who employ staff through PAYE (in addition to the owner).

Eligibility for the grant

To be eligible, your business must be one of the following:

  • Operating in one of the following sectors:
    • hospitality
    • tourism
    • retail
    • leisure
  • taxi drivers
  • a supply chain for the hospitality, tourism, retail or leisure sector that does not pay business rates and:
    • generates 60% or more of its sales revenue from businesses directly impacted by the restrictions
    • was not required to close due to the restrictions put in place in December 2021 
    • whose turnover has been materially impacted by the restrictions put in place in December 2021

Freelancers

Freelancers can apply for this grant.

What do we mean by ‘freelancer’?

Freelancers are sometimes known as contractors, may run their own business and are often defined as self-employed although they differ slightly from the self-employed. Freelancers may carry out multiple jobs on behalf of different companies, and often tend to work alone. A freelancer tends to work on numerous short-term contracts, offering services and time to various organisations in return for an agreed fee.

Businesses not eligible for this grant

Businesses will not be eligible for the grant if they fall into one of the following categories:

  • Enforced closure having infringed social-distancing rules. However, if improvements have been made and the business has been allowed to re-open then they may be eligible for the grant (subject to meeting the eligibility criteria)
  • In liquidation or dissolved or in process of being struck off
  • Breached subsidy threshold
  • If the business you’re applying for is not your main source of income
  • The business is a self-catering business for less than 30 people
  • Your business pays business rates (this includes if you are receiving rate relief)
  • If you have received funding in the last 12 months which exceed 100% of your turnover in the 2019 financial year, you should not apply for this fund.

Check if you're eligible and how to apply

You can check whether or not you are eligible for the Emergency Business Fund - January 2022 by answering the following questions and if you are eligible, you'll be able to apply online.

The discretionary fund, which is for businesses who are not liable for Non Domestic Rates, will be available the week starting Monday 17 January 2022. 


  • Does your business pay Non Domestic Rates (business rates) (in some circumstances you may be liable to pay Non Domestic Rates but get 100% Small Business Rates Relief, so have nothing to pay)?

What happens after applying

We will send an email to confirm that we have received your application. 

Applications will be dealt with on a first come first served basis. This may lead to some applications being unsuccessful if there are no funds left.

We will make a decision on whether or not your application is successful based on the information you provide as well as checks from other business sources. If the information or evidence provided is incorrect, incomplete or insufficient, the application will be rejected.

We aim to make a decision on applications within 30 working days. 

Please make sure that you regularly check your email account's inbox, spam and junk folders for an email from us, as well as your bank account for a payment.

Successful applications

If your application is successful, we will pay the grant in full to the bank account details you provide. 

Unsuccessful applications

We will email you to let you know if your application is unsuccessful and provide the reasons for this decision. There is no appeal process.