In 2017, Hamilton County established the Community and Economic Development Assistance Program (CEDAP) using Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). CEDAP funds strategic large-scale projects that will make a significant impact in our communities. Participating local governments are encouraged to implement community and economic development plans that will have a catalytic impact by revitalizing community assets, spurring other development projects, removing blighted properties or conditions, and promoting economic development. This program is open to participating jurisdiction governments only.

The 2023 program will have up to $836,000 in CDBG funds. The maximum funding per project is $300,000.

Eligible Uses

Program funds, which will be awarded as loans and grants, can be used for projects that enhance the community and economic development for an area, including but not limited to:

  • Site preparation including environmental studies, remediation, demolition, land clearance, etc.
  • Land and building acquisition and assembly
  • Business district plans and improvements such as streetscape improvements, façade renovations, gateway signs, traffic calming, etc.
  • Public infrastructure that promotes development, including providing matching funds to State of Ohio Transportation Improvement District (TID) and State Capital Improvement Program (SCIP) grants, such as upgraded traffic signals, widening or narrowing of lanes, expanding utilities, etc.
  • Building renovations and expansions
  • Pre-development costs if combined with implementation
  • Project specific market studies if combined with implementation
  • Gap financing for a business expansion

2023 Tentative Timeline

November 1 RFP Release
November 28 Pre-application due
January 9, 2024 Final application due


How to Apply

Submit your pre-application via Neighborly to determine if your project is eligible. You will then be notified if you can proceed with the remainder of the application.

Neighborly can be accessed via the link: You will need to register for a free account to submit an application.


CEDAP Past projects


Delhi Township - Former Remke Property Demolition, Total CEDAP Amount $125,000, Total Project Cost $4.5 million, A $125,000 grant will be used to demolish the former Remke shopping center with 130,000 square feet of space. Delhi anticipates a final project investment of $3.7 million for mixed used redevelopment on this site. Community engagement efforts are underway to determine the desired outcomes for the space including new housing, restaurants, retail, office space, community recreation space, and more. The scope may include elements of the “Plan the Pike” initiative connecting Mt. St. Joseph University to this critical business corridor.

Delhi Plan for former Remke Site

City of Loveland - Demolition for Parking Facility, Total CEDAP Amount $35,000, Total Project Cost $7.4 million, This award will be used to demolish buildings on parcels between First and Second Streets for a 47.2 million parking facility to be constructed soon. The additional parking is a part of an overall downtown plan.

Loveland Demo for Parking Facility

City of Reading - North Reading Road Extension, Total CEDAP Amount $290,000, Total Project Cost $669,000, Reading will receive $200,000 as grant funds and $90,000 as a loan to extend North Reading Road to provide access to an 11.4-acre land assemblage owned by the General Tool Company and the City of Reading. The City and GTC are jointly soliciting a preferred developer for three phases of projects: new 30,000 square foot advanced manufacturing facility for GTC; and one parcel for a 14,000 square foot build to suit building; reconfiguration of the City’s Service Yard; and two additional build to suit buildings of 33,000 and 36,000 square feet respectively. The City is encouraged to apply for State of Ohio funds through the Roadwork Development 629 Account funds for this project.

North reading rd plan cedap

Springfield Township - Galbraith Road Improvements, Total CEDAP Amount $90,000, Total Project Cost $1,055,000, Springfield Township will receive a $90,000 grant to pay for engineering and other pre-development costs for infrastructure improvements along Galbraith Road estimated to cost just over $1 million. The Township received permission from the County Engineer’s office to complete improvements and will be applying for Local Transportation Improvement Program (L-TIP) funds in 2020 for construction in 2021. The project is expected to improve access to vacant land that is under contract for a medical office development which create 80 new full-time jobs. 

Galbraith Rd CEDAP plan


City of Forest Park - North Pointe Shopping Center Redevelopment, Total CEDAP Amount $150,000, Total Project Cost $3.3 million, Magma Machine Retention and Expansion Project - Magna builds, repairs, and re-manufactures industrial machinery from a modern, 155,000 SF facility. Recently, the company found an immediate need for more space to accommodate a successful and fast-growing assembly operation related to its manufacturing facility. The North Pointe Shopping Center was identified as a potential location. North Pointe is a 100,000-plus SF shopping center located on ten acres at the corner of Northland Boulevard and Southland Road. Central Hardware, Family Dollar and several other stores had been located there over the years. Several tenants have left for newer retail properties elsewhere, leaving the shopping center with a high vacancy rate. Some of the property today is in disrepair. Magna Machine acquired the subject property and converted some of the existing retail space into office and assembly areas. Magna is investing $2.7 million. 

The project cost was $3.3 million with a gap of approximately $600,000. Outside funding was secured to help with the demolition, repairs and renovation associated with this project. To fill the gap in project financing and complete the required demolition, the City of Forest Park and regional partners (Hamilton County P+D and HCDC through CEDAP, Jobs Ohio, and Redi Cincinnati) have all provided funding. This redevelopment takes an under-performing retail property and converts it into a more productive office/manufacturing operation. This project also retains a key number of the Forest Park business community, keeping 125 existing employees ($7.7 million annual payroll) in the community. The company will create another 20 positions with an increase of $720,000 in the annual payroll.

Forest Park North Pointe Shopping Center Demolition

Village of Lockland - Former Stearns & Foster Acquisition and Remediation, Total CEDAP Amount $280,000, Total Project Cost $2.3 million,  The Village of Lockland received $280,000 to acquire 7 acres of land as part of the assembly and redevelopment of a 12-acre site. Redevelopment of the former Stearns & Foster site is vital to the Village and has been underway for over 15 years. The site is near I-75 and has access to the nearby General Electric plant and visiibility from the highway. Funding for limited  amounts of spot remediation has been secured. The site can be divided into three separate developable areas if needed. The final parcel is now owned by the Village and the Village issued an RFP for a preferred developer. 

Former Stearns & Foster site Lockland Former Stearns Foster Lockland map

Village of North Bend - Nuisance Property Demolition, Total CEDAP Amount $25,000, Total Project Cost $80,000, The Village of North Bend received a $25,000 loan to demolish an apartment building in the center of the Village on Miami Avenue. The building was deemed a nuisance by the County prosecutor due to excessive police, fire and EMS runs culminating in two overdose opioid deaths. The building also includes captive apartments which lack emergency egress for tenants. The Village, Prosecutor, and property owner entered into an agreement to end litigation with the balance of the demolition cost to be paid by the property owner. Demolishing the blighted structure will alleviate safety issues while allowing for commercial and/or residential redevelopment. A lien will be placed on the property for the value of the loan.

North Bend Demo Nuisance Property 154 Miami

Village of Golf Manor, Market Study and Environmental Studies, Total CEDAP Amount $50,000, The Village of Golf Manor was awarded $20,000 for a market study of the business district. The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Cincinnati Chapter was selected to conduct a Technical Assistance Panel and provide a report giving the village guidance on how to improve the business district and attract people to the village. The TAP convened on August 21, 2019 and the final report followed in the Fall. The other use of funding was $30,000 for phase one and two environmental assessments on two properties in the business district. Due to non-cooperation of the property owners, these environmental studies have been put on hold. 


City of Reading - Riesenberg Avenue Improvement Project, Total CEDAP Loan Amount: $300,000, Total Project Cost: $844,350. Reading received a three-year, 0% interest loan of $300,000 from the CEDAP program for a joint project with MSD to extend, widen and increase capacity of Riesenberg Avenue. This street ran through residential and recreational areas which made it unsade and inefficient for heavy trucks. This limited the use of three commercial properties - the former Dow Chemical site, former Cincinnati Drum site and the MSD Sanitary Sewer Overflow site. The extension, widening and improvement of 3,000 linear feet of roadway provided critical access and increased weight limits to get to the commercial properties. It was also necessary to allow MSD to make facility improvements required under the Consent Decree.

Photo of new Riesenberg Ave

Village of Silverton - Montgomery Road Streetscape Improvements, Total CEDAP Grant Amount $99,900, Total Project Cost: $145,000, Silverton was awarded $99,900 in CEDAP funds for the Beer and WIne Garden Streetscape Improvement Project. This project reconstructed a two-block portion of sidewalk on Montgomery Road from Sampson Lane to Stoll Lane. The sidewalks are ADA-compliant and link the AG 47 redevelopment project to the Silverton Brewing Company that is taking over the Municipal Building on Plainfield Road. Pavers were installed to create a sense of place and the wide sidewalk benefits existing businesses by improving walkability. 

Silverton Streetscape 1  Silverton Streetscape photo 2 Silverton Streetscape Photo 3

Springfield Township - Mural & Pedestrian Plaza, Total CEDAP Grant Amount $105,000, Total Project Cost: $250,000, Springfield Township was awarded $85,000 in CEDAP grant funds and $20,000 in CEDAP loan funds for their Placemaking Project. The project includes a plaza in front of Brentwood Bowl for community gatherings, food trucks, and small concerts. On the front of Brentwood Bowl on Winton Road, this project also funded an ArtWorks Mural that a local artist and business owner designed. This project provides the added benefit of giving local youth the opportunity to work on the mural and get paid. The mural was completed in summer of 2018 and the pedestrian plaza was completed mid-April 2019.

Creatress Mural Winton Rd Springfield Twp  Plaza Rendering Sprinfield Township Brentwood Bowl