About Invest in Neighborhoods

Building Neighborhoods in Cincinnati

Invest in Neighborhoods Inc. is a nonprofit organization created in 1982 to promote and assist the 51 community councils that represent the neighborhoods of Cincinnati, Ohio. Our mission is to assist the councils with financial resources and to promote self-sufficiency and leadership skills of the councils and their residents.

We do this through:

  • Neighborhood Fund: This perpetual fund generates significant income that is divided among member community councils on an annual basis.
  • Merit Grant Fund:  This fund uses a peer review process to allow councils to award each other small grants based on community based initiatives.
  • Technical Assistance and Leadership Development: We provide assistance on a daily basis to community councils for their regular operations. We also collaborate with other agencies to assure leadership development opportunities are available to the councils.

History and Purpose

In 1982, Invest in Neighborhoods, Inc. was founded in an effort to collect, collate, and communicate the best practices of Community Councils by Community Councils themselves.  It is an organization whose prime aim remains the promotion of self-sufficiency and leadership skills to member councils and their neighborhood’s residents.

Invest in Neighborhoods was incorporated as a non-profit, tax-exempt organization to raise funds for and to administer the income generated by the Neighborhood Fund. The long-range fundraising goal set in 1982 was $1,000,000 of which $250,000 would come from participating neighborhoods and the remaining $750,000 from local individuals, corporations, and foundations. As of 2016, the fund stands at approximately $900,000.

For over 30 years, Invest has worked with Cincinnati’s neighborhood leaders to build and strengthen community councils. With Invest’s assistance, community councils have implemented projects with outsized impact that make the most of every dollar.  Along with the administering grants from our own Merit Grant Program, Invest In Neighborhoods entered into a contract with the city to administer its Neighborhood Support Program (NSP) in 1990, which it did until 2013. In 2004, City Council created a similar program for business districts (Neighborhood Business District Support Fund), and again IIN managed until 2013.

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