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Neighborhood Business District Improvement Program

The Neighborhood Business District Improvement Program (NBDIP) is our award-winning program that allocates nearly $2 million annually to fund community-proposed improvement projects that will attract and retain small businesses in all of our neighborhood business districts (NBDs). The program assists communities in improving the economic vitality of neighborhood business districts by implementing projects that will improve the overall economy of the NBD.

The program is highly versatile. It can directly benefit a business district with parking additions, façade improvements, or building renovations. It can also provide indirect benefits by funding streetscapes or way-pointing signage to make the district more appealing to customers and residents. Community leaders submit applications and then participate in a very inclusive, peer review process. All participants must attend a bus tour, present, and then review each project before rating and recommending funding for winning projects. Final applications for this year’s program are due on April 17, 2015.

2015-2016 Application Kit UPDATED (.pdf) OR (.doc)

***The schedule has been updated***


NBDIP Funds can be used for purposes that enhance the business and neighborhood environment, including but not limited to:

  • Public parking lot improvements
  • Streetscape improvements that are part of a larger redevelopment strategy
  • Lighting
  • Gateways/signage
  • Design funds for any of the above improvements.
  • Building renovations
  • Site preparation for commercial development including acquisition and clearance (depending on the source of funding an identified end user may be required).
  • Façade improvements
  • Signage and awnings
  • Site and project specific market studies

Funds can be used for legally eligible, community-supported projects that respond to the needs of the business district and solve relevant problems. Neighborhood economic development projects are strongly encouraged and the application must be submitted by a business association, community council, or other neighborhood community organization. Click here for ideas!


Projects are evaluated in a competitive process that utilizes Cincinnati Neighborhood Business Districts United (CNBDU), a citizens advisory group of neighborhood business representatives. Based on the recommendations of CNBDU and input from City staff, the City Manager makes a final funding recommendation to City Council.

2014-2015 Final Applications:

For your convenience, I have included all of last year's NBDIP final applications. Here were last year's winning projects.

Clifton Madisonville
Clifton Heights
Mt. Airy
College Hill
North Avondale (Maj & Min)
Columbia Tusculum (Maj & Min)
Northside (Maj & Min)
East Price Hill
Hyde Park
Pleasant Ridge (Maj & Min)
Kennedy Heights
Walnut Hills (Maj & Min)
Lower Price Hill
West Price Hill

2014-2015 Final Presentations:

Clifton Heights
Mt. Airy
College Hill
North Avondale
Columbia Tusculum Northside
East Price Hill OTR
Hyde Park Pleasant Ridge
Kennedy Heights
Walnut Hills
Lower Price Hill
West Price Hill


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. The CNBDU Board and I look forward to working with each of you.


Ross Patten
Phone: (513) 352-6232



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