About Invest in Neighborhoods

Building Neighborhoods in Cincinnati

Invest in Neighborhoods envisions a city of engaged and effective Community Councils working collaboratively to build strong neighborhoods.

Our mission is to empower community councils and their resident members, volunteers, and related community organizations to contribute to civic life and advance the quality of life in Cincinnati’s neighborhoods, by increasing capacities and competencies, assisting with resources, and promoting civic engagement.

We do this through:

  1. Technical Assistance We provide assistance on an ongoing basis to community councils for their regular operations.
  2. Leadership Development:  We offer training programs to build skills and competencies and we collaborate with other agencies to assure leadership development training opportunities are available to the councils.
  3. Develop resources to increase the capacity of the community councils. such as model bylaws and the Insurance Aggregation Program
  4. Annual Interest Grant: This perpetual fund generates significant income that is divided among member community councils on an annual basis.

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 began by raising funds for and then administering 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 2019, 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 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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