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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.

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. This year, we expect roughly $2 million dollars to be allocated for the program. Click here for ideas!

2015-2016 Funding Period:

Applications are now available for the 2015-2016 Funding Round. You will find the full application packet here:

Download 2015-2016 Application Kit (PDF)  (Word)

Remember, pre-applications are due on February 13, 2015. There are also several training sessions you can attend to help brainstorm ideas or understand how the application process works.

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.

Contact:

Ross Patten
Phone: (513) 352-6232
ross.patten@cincinnati-oh.gov

Eligibility:

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

Evaluation:

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)
Corryville
O'Bryonville
East Price Hill
OTR
Hyde Park
Pleasant Ridge (Maj & Min)
Kennedy Heights
Walnut Hills (Maj & Min)
Lower Price Hill
West Price Hill

2014-2015 Final Presentations:

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

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