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Small Business Relief Grants

The city is providing a limited number of relief grants to assist small businesses and non-profit organizations adversely impacted by COVID-19. (details, español, thông tin).

Renton’s City Council has authorized $600,000 to support a Grant Program to provide relief to Renton businesses experiencing direct economic hardship due to COVID-19 using Federal American Rescue Plan funds. This program provides a limited number of $7,500 relief grants to small, Renton businesses that meet specific criteria. Applications close October 31, 2021 at 11:59 PM. 

Questions regarding this grant program can be directed to City of Renton at [email protected] or calling (425) 430-7271. Assistance completing the application in multiple languages can be requested at re.startup425.org/technical-assistance-request/

Eligible Expenses

Grant funds can be used to support the cost of business interruption due to COVID-19 as a result of required closures, voluntary closures to promote physical distancing, or decreased customer demand, including:

·       Payroll expenses

·       Rent expense

·       Utilities

·       Machinery and equipment (Example: HVAC upgrade)

·       Equipment needed to advance technology used in response to COVID-19

·       Company revamp or conversion into a virtual business

·       Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and/or sanitation supplies, equipment, and services

·       Modifications and changes temporarily or permanent to business operations

·       Marketing

Eligibility & Contract Requirements

To be eligible, businesses:

·       Must have an active Renton business license obtained on or before June 30, 2020 and be in good standing.* 

·       Must have generated business revenue of less than $3 million in gross annual revenue.

·       Must have a physical office or storefront within the area identified in the map below.

·       Must have no more than 50 full-time equivalent employees. 

·       Must demonstrate negative economic impact due to COVID-19 by demonstrating loss of revenue.

·       Only one application per business will be considered. Chains (national or local with 3 or more locations) will not be eligible for awards.

·       Businesses must be subject to WA State retail sales tax. 

·       To receive grant payment, the business owner is required to enter into a Grant Agreement with the City.

*Businesses opened in 2019 or 2020 should contact (425) 430-7271 or email [email protected] for an alternate application process.

Application Process:

·       Applications must be submitted no later than October 31 at 11:59 PM.

·       Priority will be given to businesses on a first-come, first-serve basis.

·       Complete the online application at rentondowntown.com/small-business-grant/

·       If you do not have the ability to fill out the application and submit online, please email [email protected] or call (425) 430-7271 to pick up or be mailed a hard copy application.

Grant Awardee Notification & Disbursement Process:

·       Applicants will be notified of grant decisions via e-mail for all online applications and via letter for hard copy submittals in November 2021.

·       If awarded, grant recipients must submit a W-9.

·       Funds are distributed only with supporting documentation.

·       Grants will be distributed via check payment between November 1 and December 31, 2021.

·       Grant funds may be taxable. Please consult your financial advisor/tax professional for guidance. A 1099 will be issued, as required by the IRS no later than January 2022.

In their application, businesses must: 

·       Demonstrate a decline of in-person* gross receipts due to the COVID-19 pandemic by completing the revenue loss calculator. Businesses must provide applicable Dept of Revenue tax return(s) that document annual gross receipts along with documentation to substantiate deduction of online sales.


*in-person gross receipts represent sales made at brick & mortar location; businesses may deduct from total annual receipts any web-based sales.

This project is being supported, in whole or in part, by state and local fiscal recovery funds awarded to City of Renton, Washington by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.