NBDIP Process

he 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.

    Potential 2025Projects

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

    • Allston Beautification
    • Lamp Post Banners
    • Rosslyn Sign repairs
    • ???


    NBDIP FY2025 Schedule

    January 12, 2024

    CNBDU Annual Meeting, General Body Meeting 8:00 AM (in person)

    February 2, 2024

    Applications are released by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). Applicants are recommended to form committees and assign project managers in their respective organizations.

    February 2 – March 1, 2024

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

    March 8, 2024

    Mandatory pre-application due by 4:30 PM. Pre-applications must be submitted to DCED, with attention to Diana Vakharia diana.vakharia@cincinnati-oh.gov.  

    March 20-22, 2024*

    Mandatory DCED, DOTE, and Planning review meetings. NBDIP Program Manager will schedule 30-minute meetings with the Applicant including the City departments to review the pre-applications.

    April 19, 2024

    Final application deadline. NBDIP applications along with all supporting documentation must be submitted to DCED, by 4:30 PM. Any late documentation will not be added to the application.

    April 24 – May 1, 2024

    CNBDU Board reviews the final applications.

    May 3 - 10, 2024

    CNBDU General Body members review the final applications before the final presentations.

    May 11, 2024

    Citywide Bus Tour of proposed projects. 8:00 AM to approximately 3:30 PM. Representation is mandatory for members participating in the peer review process.

    May 13-15, 2024

    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 approximately 9:30 PM

    Late June 2024

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

    Early July 2024

    Funds will become available based on City Councils FY2025 budget allocations. Please note that funding recommendations are subject to Budget legislation.


    FY2023 Approved Requests

    • Lamp Post signs - not approved by NBDIP board


    FY2022 Approved Requests

    • Lamp Post signs - not approved by NBDIP board
    FY2021 Approved Projects
    • Wayfinding Signage - Approved, design work in process
    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



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