CDBG MINI PLANNING GRANT PROGRAM

WHAT IS THE MINI GRANT PROGRAM?

The CDBG grant can be used for planning projects as part of program administration. Since 2015, the Board of County Commissioners have allocated $100,000 annually for this purpose be awarded to local governments outside the City of Cincinnati in Participating Jurisdictions for small planning projects.  (The City of Cincinnati receives separate grants from HUD.)

HOW MUCH ARE THE GRANTS?

The maximum award is $40,000.

questions?

Please submit questions to steve.johns@hamilton-co.org .

The Q&A will be updated online every Friday at 4:00pm during the application period. 

The Zoom Q&A has been rescheduled for this Friday, April 17, 2020 at 10am. If you wish to join, please email emily.carnahan@hamilton-co.org for the information.

WHO CAN APPLY?

Only local governments who participate in the County’s HUD grant program can apply for these funds. Each community can submit ONLY one application per year.

If you would like to learn more about HUD grants and joining the program, please contact Joy Pierson, joy.pierson@hamilton-co.org; or 513-946-8234.

APPLICATION DOCUMENTS:

2020 Timeline:

Revised Announcement – April 14, 2020
Q&A Zoom Meeting – April 17, 2020
Application Deadline – May 6, 2020
Review by Mini Planning Grant Committee – May 15, 2020
Recommendations to County Administration – by May 26, 2020
Notification of Selected Proposals – by May 31, 2020
Planning Grant Expenditure Deadline – June 30, 2021

What projects are eligible?

Grant funds can be used for a variety of planning needs, including, but not limited to: bicycle and pedestrian trails; market studies; business district redevelopment; community visioning; and strategic planning. 

Specifically, future projects can include affordable housing programs or projects using HOME funds or meet the national objectives for the CDBG program to:   

  • Benefit residents and businesses in a low to moderate income areas,

  • Create or retain jobs for low to moderate income employees, and/or

  • Remove slum and/or blight conditions.

This grant is not for pre-development or engineering purposes. Division of Community Planning Staff has expertise and experience in Comprehensive Plan Updates, Strategic Planning, Corridor Studies, Downtown/Main Street Studies, and hike/bike trail planning.  Past staff projects aligned with the mini-grant program include: Village of Woodlawn Action Plan, West College Hill Renewal Plan (Springfield Township), North College Hill Comprehensive Plan Update, and the Lockland Downtown Revitalization Plan. You can find examples of these plans in the Folder below titled "Community Planning Past Projects".

What projects have been funded in the past?

2015:

  • Mt. Healthy’s Uptown Business District Study to a market study to examine and report on strategies to help improve Mt. Healthy’s business district.
  • City of Reading’s Mill Creek Recreational Trails and Flood Storage Plan to identify the most feasible route for the Mill Creek Greenway and connecting it with the City of Reading as well as identifying areas for flood storage on city-owner properties with the goal of removing areas of the city from the 100 year flood plain.
  • City of Cleves’s Business District Redevelopment Plan studying the business corridor along Miami Ave through visual survey and mapping, preliminary market review, and the creation of a comprehensive Business District Master Plan.
  • Village of Elmwood Place’s Merger Study; this project ultimately did not move forward. The project would have studied the possibility of a merging of Elmwood Place with St. Bernard
  • Village of North Bend’s Riverfront Recreational Plan to create a recreational area for residents of both the Village of Cleves and the Village of North Bend located in North Bend along the river.

2016:

  • City of Loveland’s Loveland-Madeira Business Corridor Bikeway Feasibility Study.  Evaluate and pursue the best alternatives to create a permanent pedestrian/bike path connecting Historic Downtown to Loveland Madeira Road.
  • Village of Silverton’s Small Area Plan.  Create streetscape designs along Montgomery road between Stewart and Plainfield Roads.
  • Village of Lockland’s Revitalization of Wyoming Avenue.  Seek community input at several public meetings and through a mailed survey. Using community feedback, site plans will be created by consultants for the former Stearns and Foster industrial site in the center of the Wyoming Avenue Business District. Students from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) will work on integrating design and public art into the Lockland business districts along Wyoming Avenue.
  • Delhi Township’s Economic Impact Analysis Plan for the Delhi Pike Bike Path Project.  Develop estimates of the installation and maintenance costs and quantify expected use rates.  Evaluate bike path’s impact on Mount St. Joseph University enrollment, private enterprise, property values, and other economic benefits to the community
  • Village of Woodlawn’s Strategic Planning Process.  Use new energy to build on 2007 Master Plan to identify critical priorities and establish long term goals.

2017:

 No funding was allocated in 2017 for the program.

2018:

  • Colerain Township– Northgate Mall Redevelopment Study, a marketing study to understand the potential for a residential development at the Northgate Mall.
  • City of Deer Park  – Blue Ash Road Business District Implementation Plan to fund a market study and perspective rendering of the four blocks included in the business district.
  • Amberley Village– Amberley Green Connectivity Plan to study and plan the pedestrian and vehicle connectivity to the Amberly Green property.
  • City of Reading– Master Plan Update, updating the 2008 City of Reading Master Plan to help position the city for future growth and redevelopment.
  • City of Mt. Healthy– Main Theater Planning Study, a package of planning studies that represent the first stage of the process of renovating the Main Theater to a mixed-use entertainment venue.

2019:

  • City of Cheviot – Business District Study, examine its transitioning business districts through an Urban Land Institute-Cincinnati Technical Assistance Panel that will analyze the business climate and make recommendations to spur development
  • Village of Madeira – Miami Avenue Traffic Study, complete a traffic study of Miami Avenue along its business district to improve safety for pedestrians and motorists through traffic calming based on recommendations from the City’s comprehensive plan
  • City of Sharonville – Downtown Loop Plan, follow up on themes from the Sharonville 2030 plan to examine improvement of streetscape and public spaces in the Downtown Loop which supports the broader goal of a more pedestrian friendly downtown.
  • Village of Silverton – Beer & Wine District Plan, study the creation of a Beer and Wine District on two blocks of Plainfield Road which will help create a downtown-like district for the Village.

previous project documents: