Lodging Tax Grants

2021 Grant Application is now closed- the deadline to apply was November 30, 2020

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 3 members from the hotel industry, 3 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:  Coucilmember Randy Corman
  • Angela Mose – Best Western Plus Renton Inn
  • Cathy Martinez – Legacy Hospitality, Inc (Hampton Inn & Suites)
  • Jeffrey Kelly – Renton Downtown Partnership
  • Menka Soni – AmPowering
  • Pina Purpero – Hyatt Regency Lake Washington

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.