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Neighborhood Business District Improvement Program

The Neighborhood Business District Improvement Program (NBDIP) assists communities in improving the economic vitality of neighborhood business districts (NBDs) by implementing projects that will improve the overall economy of the NBD. Applicants may apply for grants of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and/or City Capital funds.


Eligible public uses of NBDIP funds include:

• Road improvements Streetscapes
• Traffic engineering • Public Parking lots
• Sidewalks • NBD plans


Eligible private uses of NBDIP funds include:

• Facade improvements • Signage
• Building renovation • Site acquisition and clearance
• Awnings • Site specific planning


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 Funding Period:

The application period for the 2014 funding period is now closed. Final Applications were due on April 18th, 2014.

Thank you for all communities that submitted a final application. We had 18 neighborhood business districts (NBDs) submit 24 project proposals for a total funding request of $3.87 million.

As your NBDIP schedule indicates, we will have the mandatory bus tour on Saturday, May 3. All communities must have at least one representative on the bus tour to briefly describe their business district, what’s been happening there, and how their proposed project will assist the business district. In order to stay on schedule, each community will only have 5 minutes to talk before we drive to the next business district. We won’t be getting out of the bus, but we will be slowly driving past each project’s location and business district so all the communities can view each business district and the proposed project location. We will be leaving from City Hall’s parking lot located on 9th and Plum St at 8AM. The bus tour should be back at City Hall at approximately 1PM.

In the meantime, your community should start working on your project’s 15-minute presentation. These presentations will take place on May 19th, 20th, and 21st. This is the arena where all NBDs will be rating each community’s project, according to the rating sheet included in the NBDIP packet. You, or another NBD representative, are required to attend all three days. After the bus tour, I will be releasing the schedule for the date & time each community is to present.

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.


2014-2015 Final Applications:

For your convenience, I have included all of this year's NBDIP final applications.

Clifton Madisonville
Clifton Heights
Mt. Airy
College Hill
North Avondale (1 & 2)
Columbia Tusculum (1 & 2)
Northside (1 & 2)
O'Bryonville (1 & 2)
East Price Hill
Hyde Park
Pleasant Ridge (1 & 2)
Kennedy Heights
Walnut Hills (1 & 2)
Lower Price Hill
West Price Hill



Ross Patten
Phone: (513) 352-6232



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