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:
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.