NBDIP Process

The Neighborhood Business District Improvement Program (NBDIP) provides funding support for specific project proposals in recognized Neighborhood Business Districts (NBDs) in Cincinnati. The NBDIP funding level is established each year by City Council. The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) oversees the administration of such funds and will work with Qualified Entities (as defined in Section II, below) to identify eligible projects that can be implemented in a two-year time frame. This program is administered by CNBDU, which hosts community presentations and uses unique peer rating process, where the participating neighborhoods rate each of the projects.

Eligible Projects

Projects eligible to receive NBDIP funding must:

  1. be located within a recognized NBD and 
  2. create a positive impact on businesses and/or create jobs in the NBD, and 
  3. be able to be commenced upon an award of NBDIP funds and completed within 2 years of award, should the application be successful. Eligible projects generally fall within the following categories:
  • Property Development
    • Acquisition
    • Redevelopment
    • Site preparation for commercial development (depending on the source of funding an identified end user may be required)
  • Fa├žade improvements
  • Public Parking Improvements
    • Including public parking lot development
  • Right-of-Way Improvements
    • Streetscape improvements
    • Signage
    • Gateway
    • Lighting
  • Other NBD Infrastructure Improvements

Full NBDIP documentation here.

FY2021 Approved Projects

  • Wayfinding Signage
  • Go Vibrant Walking Paths
In previous years, NBDIP has helped fund significant upgrades to the business district:
    • Expansion of Oakley Square
    • Wider sidewalks, addition of tree wells and street lamps
    • Eastern Gateway Pedestrian Bridge

Potential 2022 Projects

As a starting point, here are the projects that did not have enough support to be included last year:

  • Tree Well Grates
    • Submitted as a CBR project, approval decision not yet known.
  • Allston Beautification
  • Lamp Post Banners

Selected 2022 Project: Lamp Post Banners

NBDIP FY2022 Schedule


February 12, 2021

CNBDU Annual Meeting, General Body Meeting 8:00 AM 

February 15, 2021

Applications are released by DCED. Applicants are recommended on forming committees and assigning project managers within their respective organization. 

March 11, 2021

Applicants are recommended at this time to have their organization’s general body and board review the pre-application for submission. 

April 2, 2021

Mandatory pre-application due by 4:30 PM. Pre-applications must be submitted to Joseph Malek at joseph.malek@cincinnati-oh.gov

April 7-9, 2021

Mandatory DCED, DOTE, and Planning review meetings. Community representatives must schedule 30-minute time slots with the City departments to review pre-applications. 

May 14, 2021

Final application deadline. NBDIP applications along with all supporting documentation must be sent to Joseph Malek at joseph.malek@cincinnati-oh.gov by 4:30 on May 14, 2021 Any late documentation will not be added to the application. 

May 21, 2021

Board review the final applications. 

May 22, 2021

Citywide Bus Tour of proposed projects. 8:00 AM to approximately 3:30 PM. Representation is mandatory for each applicant community. 

DCED and CNBDU should come up with a different approach for everyone to visit the project sites. 

May 25-26, 2021 

Project Presentations. Each applicant will make a 15 – minute presentation to CNBDU and DCED followed by a short Q&A. Presentations will begin at 6:00 PM and conclude at approx. 9:30

Late June 2021

Based on the peer reviewed results, DCED will make final recommendations and distribute notifications to all applications.

Early July 2021

Funds will become available based on City Councils FY2022 budget allocations. Please note that funding recommendations are subject to Budget legislation. 

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