Neighborhood Business District Support Fund (NBDSF)

The City’s Neighborhood Business District Support Fund (NBDSF) provides annual funding to Community Councils, Business Association, and/or Community Development Corporations for projects and activities that enhance the vibrancy of the recognized neighborhood business districts (NBD).

What Can Funds Be Used For?

Each approved NBDSF proposal includes activities/projects designed for successful outcomes that positively impact the neighborhood business district. DCED has determined that the following uses enhance neighborhood business districts:

  • Organizational Development
  • Physical Improvements
  • NBD Promotional Activities
  • Collaboration between the Neighborhood Business Association, Community Council, and/or Community Development Corporation
  • Other projects or activities improving the quality of life/serve public needs that are consistent with the NBDSF Guidelines.

Examples of Successful NBDSF projects include:

• Membership drives
• Newsletters
• Beautification and clean-up activities
• Routine parking lot maintenance
• Community events located within the NBD

How to Apply?

A Neighborhood Business District’s proposal must be approved by residents and business owners residing in that neighborhood before making a presentation to the Cincinnati Neighborhood Business District United (CNBDU) — a membership organization comprised of Community Councils, Business Association, and Community Development Corporations from the designated NBDs and other neighborhoods. The General Membership of CNBDU serves as the peer review body that votes to either approve or reject each NBDSF proposal.

Proposal Review Process & Final Contracts: 2023*

Submission Deadline: October 6, 2023 / Review Committee Meeting: October 13, 2023

Submission Deadline: November 3, 2023 / Review Committee Meeting: November 10, 2023

Submission Deadline: December 1, 2023 / Review Committee Meeting: December 8, 2023

Submission Deadline: December 1, 2023 / Review Committee Meeting: December 8, 2023

(*for full list of 2024 dates go to “NBD Overview 2024” link)


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