Lodging Tax Grants

The application period is now open for people interested in applying for 2022 lodging tax-funded grants to support projects that encourage tourism and cultural activities in Renton.

Applications are due Friday, Oct. 22, 2021 by 4:30 pm. 

The city’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee reviews all applications and awards the grants. Money for the grants comes from the city’s share of taxes collected on overnight stays at hotels and motels in Renton. View the 2022 Lodging Tax Guidelines for information about eligible uses of the hotel/motel tax revenues and additional information about the submittal process.

City of Renton’s Lodging Tax Fund

Municipalities of five thousand or more must establish a Lodging Tax Advisory Committee.  This committee has unique membership requirements, consisting of at least five members, and membership must include two members who are representatives of businesses required to collect the taxes, two members who are persons involved in activities authorized to be funded by revenue received by the taxes, and one elected official who serves as the Committee Chair.  The Renton Lodging Tax Committee is comprised of 2 members from the hotel industry, 2 members from community non-profits, and 1 sitting Councilmember.  There is a staff liaison to administratively support the Committee.

Lodging tax funds are collected by a 1% tax assessed on hotel/motels stays in Renton.  RCW 67.28.180 restricts use of the tax to fund tourism promotion; and acquisitions, operations, and/or maintenance of tourism facilities within the City.

Lodging Tax Fund Grant applications are evaluated annually by the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee who make funding recommendations to the City Council.  City Council makes the final decision on project approval and funding levels.

2020-2021 Committee Members:

  • Committee Chair:  Councilmember Randy Corman
  • Cathy Martinez – Legacy Hospitality, Inc (Hampton Inn & Suites)
  • Menka Soni – AmPowering
  • Pina Purpero – Hyatt Regency Lake Washington
  • Preeti Shridhar, City of Renton Public Affairs Administrator

For grant funding year 2020, the Renton City Council approved $367,500 in grants funded by lodging taxes.  As Lodging Tax funds vary from year to year, there is no guarantee of the total amount awarded or if any grant awards will be made.