Invest in Neighborhoods provides program and operational funding to community councils through programs as resources become available.
Invest serves as the administrator of a perpetual fund currently known as the Neighborhood Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Income generated from the fund is divided among member community councils on an annual basis (Annual Interest Grant, and must be for qualified 501(c)3 activities.
Invest partners with local organizations like the Community Building Institute (CBI) and the United Way to offer training opportunities on topics of interest to community councils and non-profit organizations. Workshops have covered such topics as parliamentary procedures, planning skills, leadership skills, public relations, newsletters, and grant writing. Invest also has been a partner with LISC, CBI, and the City of Cincinnati since 2003 in producing the annual Neighborhood Summit.
Invest in Neighborhoods makes available such technical assistance/supportive services as operation and administrative procedures; financial management; grant writing; project planning and development; and community advocacy. Whether through phone consultation, one-on-one or small group meetings, group presentations, or on-site training these services are available to community councils, their boards, officers, and/or trustees and to other community-based organizations.
Invest maintains a comprehensive step-by-step guide to forming, organizing, and conducting the business of a neighborhood community council. This Leadership Handbook addresses legal and tax requirements, necessary skills for leaders, conduct of meetings, fund raising and related topics. Much of it is available here.