Neighborhood Business District Improvement Program (NBDIP)

The City of Cincinnati created the Neighborhood Business District Improvement Program (NBDIP) to assist communities in implementing projects that stabilize, maintain, and improve their NBDs and overall community economic viability. 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. Urban renewal plans, urban design plans, studies, etc. are not eligible for funding for the 2023 NBD Improvement Program. However, design funds are available if it is for a specific capital project.

Funds may be used for private purposes such as:

  • Building renovations
  • Site preparation for commercial development including acquisition and clearance for identified end user
  • Façade improvements
  • Signage and awnings
  • Site and project specific market studies

Funds can be used for public purposes that enhance the business and neighborhood environment, including but not limited to:

  • Public parking lot
  • Streetscape improvements that are part of a larger redevelopment strategy
  • Lighting
  • Gateways/signage

Projects primarily involving road, traffic and park improvements, including traffic calming, traffic signals, pavement resurfacing, and intersection improvements will be referred to the appropriate City Department for funding consideration.

Please consult with the Department of Community Development and Planning staff regarding whether your proposed project is located in an eligible NBD.