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Neighborhood Business District Support Fund

In the 2004 City Budget, Cincinnati City Council approved funding in the amount of $340,000 for the implementation of the Neighborhood Business District Support Fund (NBDSF) Program. The Program is intended to support recognized business districts (NBDs) in 34 Cincinnati neighborhoods. The Program has three goals:

  • To assist NBDs in recruiting new members and increasing community participation by promoting the NBDs at special community events and or other activities, including holiday festivals.
  • To provide minimal funding for annual capital, streetscape, landscaping, safety-related or other projects that generally improve the NBD.
  • To foster cooperation between NBDs and area Community Councils.

2014 Fiscal Year

In October 2013, City Council returned funding to the 2014 NBDSF Program that will run from November 2013 to July 31, 2014. The Program will provide approximately $170,000 in grants to support NBD improvements in 34 communities. The maximum Program grant is $5,000 for each NBD. New proposals will not be accepted after April 11, 2014.

Program Training

If you missed the training, I have attached the materials here.

Liability Insurance

Due to the City being self-insured, it is hard to obtain insurance for non-profit organziations and community groups under the City. Business District organizations will need to provide their own insurance in order to contract with the City. Please contact an insurance agent in your area about getting insurance that meets the criteria in the PDF below.

Liability Insurance Requirements

Proposal Review Schedule

Due to the shorter timeframe associated with the allocation of Neighborhood Business District Support Fund Program, the Department of Trade & Development has created a schedule below. We hope this will accommodate neighborhoods in submitting proposals and budgets, while also allowing the NSP Coordinator enough time to review all proposals and draft contracts.  Below are the review dates. All NBDSF reviews will take place at 805 Central Avenue, II Centennial Plaza on the first floor in the Conference Room at 8:00am as the first agenda in the CNBDU Meetings.

Final Submission Deadline Review Committee Meeting Date Effective Date of Contract
December 1, 2013 December 13, 2013 12/13/13
December 29, 2013 January 10, 2014 1/10/14
February 2, 2014 February 14, 2014 2/14/14
March 2, 2014 March 14, 2014 3/14/14
March 30, 2014 +April 11, 2014 4/11/14
April 27, 2014 ++May 9, 2014 5/9/14

The effective day of contract assumes that the contract proposal is approved at the Review Committee meeting. The last time to submit new contract proposals for 2014 is April 11, 2014. The last time to submit formal amendment proposals for 2014 is May 9, 2014.

Project Forms

1. Everything you need to propose a project: Proposal Forms Packet ****

2. Everything you need to submit invoices after project is approved: Payment Packet*** and Invoice ****

3. Everything you need to close-out the project: Final Report Form***

**** MAKE SURE TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF ONTO YOUR COMPUTER AND THEN FILL OUT THE FORM. DO NOT FILL OUT THE FORM USING YOUR INTERNET'S BROWSER. ALSO, BE SURE YOUR ADOBE SOFTWARE IS UP-TO-DATE****

Program Administrator

Ross Patten, ross.patten@cincinnati-oh.gov, 513.352.6232

Please send your completed forms directly to my email address. I will confirm receipt once I have received them.

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