Community Revitalization Grant

Project Overview

The Community Revitalization Grant program is a new resource for Hamilton County, cities, villages, and townships to carry out a wide variety of economic development projects. The program will be flexible and work with applicants to bring stalled or out of reach projects to completion. Applications are due November 10, 2021 by 5:00 p.m.

  • An emphasis will be placed on large and impactful projects, but funding may be awarded to a wide variety of community-prioritized projects.
  • Preference will be given to projects with a direct link to job creation and/or retention, but funding can also be awarded for projects indirectly linked to job creation and/or retention and overall community revitalization efforts.
  • Applicants should focus on projects involving real and immediate benefits. Funds will not be awarded for studies or similar efforts unless it is included in the scope of a construction or job creation project.
  • Projects located throughout Hamilton County are eligible, but the intention will be to award funds to projects and communities with financial need and a lack of alternative resources.
  • While prioritizing project and community financial need, consideration will also be given to projects involving partnerships and financial commitment from the applicant and/or partners.
  • All awarded projects must be completed with funds spent within two years of award. Hamilton County may grant an extension at its sole discretion.

 Launch on Monday, October 11th

 Close on Wednesday, November 10th at 5:00 pm

  Click here for a downloadable grant application

Eligible Applicants

  • Cities, villages, and townships within Hamilton County will be the only entities eligible to apply for grants.
  • Based on the Board of County Commissioners' 2021-2022 Policy Agenda, preference will be given to inner-ring suburb communities.
  • Applications that involve partnerships with businesses, non-profits, and other entities in good standing will likely result in competitive applications, but the applications must be submitted and lead by cities, villages, or townships within Hamilton County.

Eligible Project Categories

The Community Revitalization Grant program is flexible and able to fund a variety of projects. However, projects that score well will likely fall into one of the three broad categories below:

  1. Property Development (acquisition, site preparation, demolition, renovation, or new construction)
  2. Public Infrastructure Improvements (new construction of roads, sidewalks, and parking lots; utility improvements and extensions; street lighting, streetscaping, roadway, or intersection improvements)
  3. Façade and Building Improvements (new signage, new or improved storefronts, tenant improvement build-out)

Application Process and Timeline

A link to download the application is included below. Entities that are considering applying and have questions should contact Marc Von Allmen at [email protected] or (513) 946-4415. See details on the tentative 2021 schedule below. (Note – If continued in future years, the intention will be to launch the Community Revitalization Grant in the early spring to avoid overlap with the Community and Economic Development Assistance Program.)

Program announced and application posted on October 11, 2021
Workshop for interested parties. Hamilton County staff will go through application and answer questions October 18, 2021
Applicants schedule a meeting with Hamilton County staff to go over application-specific questions October 11-November 5, 2021
Applications due November 10, 2021 before 5:00 PM
Internal Review November 10-17, 2021
Funding awards presented to Board of County Commissioners during Staff Meeting Late November 2021
Funding awards approved by Board of County Commissioners at Regular Meeting Early December 2021
Award letters sent out to applicants December 2021

Project Scoring Criteria and Process

Applications will be scored and ranked based primarily on the following factors. Additional factors may be considered.

  1. Project Impact
    1. Total number of jobs and amount of payroll created resulting from the project
    2. Total property investment resulting from the project
    3. Amount of blight or nuisance removed resulting from the project
  2. Project Need
    1. Projects located in an economically distressed community
    2. Projects that support low- and moderate-income populations
    3. Projects that have constrained budgets due to extreme factors (i.e., encumbered site, high acquisition costs)
  3. Project Support
    1. Number of public and private entities actively partnering on the project
    2. Amount of public and private funding committed to the project
    3. Number of public and private entities submitting letter of support for the project
    4. Implementation of specific recommendations included in an adopted local or County plan
  4. Applicant Capacity
    1. Complete, detailed, and clear application submitted
    2. Applicant demonstrates financial and organizational capacity to complete the project or has established partners that provide necessary capacity
    3. Applicant has strong past performance in completed projects that were funded or supported by Hamilton County
    4. Project site is controlled and/or properly zoned

Applications will be scored and ranked by Hamilton County staff in partnership with HCDC staff. Staff will review and deliver funding recommendations to the County Administrator and the recommendations will also be presented to and approved by the Board of County Commissioners. Applicants will be notified whether an award will be made via email or letter from Hamilton County.

Additional Considerations

  • All projects must be located within Hamilton County.
  • Projects reporting job, payroll, and property investment commitments should have detailed documentation.
  • Applicants should provide documentation for all external funding commitments mentioned within the application.
  • Most awardees will be required to obtain commercial general liability insurance with Hamilton County listed as an additional insured entity.
  • Methods for dispersing funds will be finalized in funding agreements. Funds will be distributed on a reimbursement basis.
  • Awardees will need to submit various reporting materials to Hamilton County including a final report providing details on project implementation.
  • Hamilton County reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of the grant funding annually if there are not enough high-quality applications. The intention will be for the withheld funding to roll into the following year’s program budget.