The current cycle is for the next bi-ennial budget, FY2024-2025
THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT IS Friday Sept 30, 2022 4 pm
Community Councils can submit up to three (3) projects
Prior to submission, you must contacy the appropriate City Department person to discuss and work with on your project idea. Deadline to contact City Dept: August 31, 2022
FY2024-2025 Submission Process :
List of City staff to work with on CBR process
Community Budget Requests Departmental Contacts
Budget and Evaluation
Buildings and Inspections
Community and Economic Dev.
Environment & Sustainability
PDF version of submission form so you can preview (coming soon).
Community Budget Requests Basics
COMMUNITY BUDGET REQUEST (CBR) PROCESS | FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the Community Budget Request (CBR) process?
The Community Budget Request process is intended for community councils to provide suggestions on funding projects that are paramount to the preservation and/or revitalization of each neighborhood. The communities’ projects are reviewed by appropriate City departments during their budget preparation. Potential funding options for the projects are considered and recommendations will be made to City Council in the proposed FY 2024-2025 budget.
The forms must be completed and submitted by a community council. It is highly encouraged that neighborhood stakeholders are involved with helping to decide which budget requests are submitted. The City would like each Community Council to approve its requests before submission and submit a letter on a Community Council letterhead stating the Community Council Board voted in support of the proposed requests to Maria Dienger, City Planner, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Only community councils are permitted to submit CBRs. However, anyone in Cincinnati may submit an idea for a project through the Neighborhood Project Suggestion form on the City of Cincinnati website here: https://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/planning/neighborhood-project-suggestions/ These projects will not be reviewed in the official CBR process. Instead, the Neighborhood Project Suggestions form allows other ideas to be submitted and tracked by the City.
Each community council may submit up to three (3) CBR forms. Fewer may be submitted at the discretion of the Community Council.
The CBR forms must be submitted NO LATER than 4:00 PM on Friday, September 30, 2022.
The web address will be provided before the kick-off meeting on Wednesday, July 27th, 2022. Before submitting your CBRs, please plan to e-mail your community council’s approval letter to Maria Dienger, City
Planner, at Maria.Dienger@cincinnati-oh.gov. You may also email any supplemental documents to Maria Dienger.
Start brainstorming ideas early. It is highly encouraged that the community council reach out to the appropriate departmental contact to discuss each project in advance of submitting a CBR. All community councils received a contact sheet for the City departments.
No requests will be recommended for funding that involve the use of public funds to enhance or improve private property. Please contact the appropriate City Department representative in advance of submitting your request to determine eligibility.
Plan Cincinnati is the City of Cincinnati’s comprehensive plan. It is the official document that guides future planning and development within the city. It is designed to represent the voice of the people of Cincinnati and guide the future of the city. The plan includes goals and strategies within five Initiative Areas: Compete, Connect, Live, Sustain, and Collaborate. A copy of the plan can be found here: https://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/planning/plan- cincinnati/
This flow chart provides a great overview (click on image for larger view)
We highly recommend scheduling a meeting of your Community Council in August to brainstorm possible proposal ideas. Another meeting in September would be helpful to vote on the requests that your council will submit.
The City Manager will provide a recommendation on each CBR received in the proposed FY 2023-2024 budget which will be communicated to City Council in May 2023. Ultimate approval is made by the City Council.
How much specificity is needed on the CBR submission (especially regarding project costs)? What is the average cost of CBR projects?
Project costs vary depending on scope of work. It is important to reach out to the department contacts in advance of your submission because they can help provide ballpark estimates of project costs and considerations for your submission. Estimated cost is asked on the CBR submission form, but it is not required. It is important to prepare a detailed description of the project and why it is important o the neighborhood. There is no need to submit detailed drawings or plans.
Is there a specific budget for CBRs?
There is not a specific budget set aside for CBRs. Instead, the CBR process allows neighborhoods to submit project ideas for inclusion in the City’s capital budget.
Can two or more neighborhoods submit a joint-neighborhood project as a CBR?
Absolutely! If two or more neighborhoods have a project idea that crosses through multiple neighborhood boundaries, they may submit it as a CBR. It is recommended that each community council involved submits the projects as one of their DBRs and submits a letter to Maria Dienger, City Planner, showing community council support. For example, if Spring Grove Village and Winton Hills had a joint-neighborhood project, both the Spring Grove Village and Winton Hills community councils would submit the project idea as one of their three submissions.
Approved CBR FY2019-2020CBR approved requests FY2019-FY2020