• Washington Hospitality Grants

    March 13, 2023

    Program will award grants to restaurants, hotels, motels, and others impacted by Covid-19


    The State Department of Commerce announced a new grant opportunity for businesses in the hospitality and lodging industry that suffered business losses due to the pandemic. The application portal opens on March 14 at wahospitalitygrants.com.
    Who can apply
    The grants are open only to:
    • Restaurants; food stands, trucks and carts
    • Caterers, bars, saloons, lounges, and taverns
    • Snack and non-alcoholic beverage bars
    • Licensed alcohol producers where the public may taste, sample or purchase products
    • Hotels and motels (except casinos), and inns and bed and breakfast establishments that have a least five private lodging rooms or onsite sales of food and beverage that account for at least 25% of gross receipts or sales
    • Bakeries, brewpubs, tasting rooms, taprooms, breweries, microbreweries, wineries and distilleries are also eligible to apply if onsite sales to the public comprise at least 25% of gross receipts or sales.
    • Bowling alleys and convention and visitors bureaus will also be considered for a grant, depending on the availability of funds.
    Additional qualifications
    • Eligible business must have experienced a 25% or greater loss in gross receipts or sales between 2019 and 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic and related public health and safety measures.
    • Eligible businesses must generate minimum gross receipts or sales of $12,000 in 2019 (or 2020, if the business opened that year); generate at least 51% of revenue in the state, have not permanently closed or intend to close in 2023.
    • Eligible businesses must have expenses that are necessary to continue business operations, such as payroll and rent.
    Aaron Weinberg, Economic Development & External Relations Manager
    Aaron@skagit.org, (360) 639-8849