Neighborhood Business District Improvement Program
This award-winning program assists communities in building the vitality of neighborhood business districts by implementing projects that improve the overall economy of the area. 

Neighborhood Business District Improvement Program

The Neighborhood Business District Improvement Program (NBDIP) is an award-winning program that allocates an annual fund for improvement projects that attract and retain small businesses in all Cincinnati neighborhood business districts (NBDs).

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 wayfinding signage to make the district more appealing to customers and residents.

To participate, community leaders submit applications and then participate in an inclusive, peer review process. Applicants 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 to 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. 

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


Projects are evaluated in a competitive process that utilizes Cincinnati Neighborhood Business Districts United (CNBDU), a citizen 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.

2018-2019 NBDIP Project Applications

Bond Hill - Major Camp Washington - Major Clifton Heights - Minor
Clifton - Minor College Hill - Major College Hill -  Minor
Columbia Tusculum - Minor Corryville - Major East End - Major
East End - Minor Evanston - Major Kennedy Heights - Major
Kennedy Heights - Minor Lower Price Hill - Major Lower Price Hill - Minor
Madisonville - Major Madisonville - Minor Mt Airy - Major
Mt Washington - Minor North Avondale - Minor 1 North Avondale - Minor 2
Over-the-Rhine - Major Over-the-Rhine - Minor Pleasant Ridge - Major
Roselawn - Major Roselawn - Minor Sayler Park - Major
Sayler Park - Minor Walnut Hills - Major Walnut Hills - Minor
West End - Major West End - Minor Westwood - Major


Brian Ogawa