Merriam hotels are invited to apply for the Hotel Improvement Grant. This new grant opportunity will assist hotels to make needed improvements to enhance our tourism district.
This industry was significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the City seeks to assist in elevating the physical appearance of its hotel facilities to help attract visitors to our community.
Improvements should add to the visual and visitor appeal of Merriam’s hotel properties. Preference will be given to projects that emphasize sustainability and increase the efficiency of the building envelope. Grant funds are restricted to hotel/motel properties with a minimum of 80 rooms.
Grant is open to established Merriam hotels operating with a current occupational license.
City will reimburse 50% of improvement project expenses. Minimum $5,000; maximum $250,000 per hotel.
Hotels may submit multiple grant applications totaling a matched reimbursement of up to the maximum $250,000 per hotel, or until funding is depleted during the grant cycle period.
Minimum $10,000 investment by the property owner per application.
Improvements must fall within the following categories to be eligible:
The City of Merriam has adopted the regional Climate Action Plan and supports sustainable building practices. As such, preference will be given to projects that help to reduce energy usage, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, decrease water runoff, use sustainable building materials, or otherwise focus on sustainable improvements.
The City reserves the right to determine if a proposed improvement meets eligible requirements.
Application progress may be saved by clicking the blue Save button at the bottom. Click the yellow Submit button when you have uploaded all documents.
Applications are reviewed in the order they are received.
A meeting with each applicant will be required to discuss any questions and remaining documentation.
Application must be approved by the City before the start of work.
Work must be completed within 18 months of grant approval; grant reimbursement will be issued upon project completion.
Property owner must provide all receipts upon completion of project improvements.
If a building permit was issued, the permitted work must be completed and the permit closed before reimbursement can occur.
After photos must be submitted.
Staff will perform a post-project inspection to verify project completion.
Property must have no code violations.
Property owner must complete a W-9.
Tourism and Economic Development Manager