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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 inclusive, peer review process. All participants must attend a bus tour, prepare a presentation, and then review all projects before rating and recommending funding for worthy projects.


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.

2016-2017 NBDIP: Download the application packet PDF and Word

Applications for the 2016-2017 funding year are now open. Please click above to download the UPDATED application packet: PDF and Word . Feel free to review last year's applications and presentations for project ideas. Click Here to View the 2015-2016 Rankings!

CDBG funds may only be spent in certain census tracts. Please click here to search an address and find out if your project is eligible! ArcGIS - Low Mod Income Tracts

2015-2016 Final Applications:

Bond Hill (2)
North Avondale (2)
Clifton (2)
Northside (2)
College Hill (2)
Columbia Tusculum (2)
O'Bryonville (2)
Over-The-Rhine (2)
East Price Hill
Pleasant Ridge
East Walnut Hills
Walnut Hills
Mt Airy
Mt Washington

2015-2016 Final Presentations:

Bond Hill PP
North Avondale PP
Clifton PP
Northside PP
College Hill PP
Oakley PP
Columbia Tusculum PP
O'Bryonville PP (Project 1)
Corryville PP
O'Bryonville PP (Project 2)
East Price Hill PP
Over-The-Rhine PP
East Walnut Hills PP
Pleasant Ridge PP
Madisonville PP
Roselawn PP
Mt. Airy PP
Walnut Hills PP
Mt. Washington PP
Westwood PP



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