Grants
Gardening for Greenbacks Program

In 2008, The Gardening for Greenbacks Program was established to forge Cleveland as a model for local food system development and serve as a resource to ensure that every resident has access to fresh, healthy and affordable food. The Gardening for Greenbacks program assists entrepreneurs that ...

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Job Creation Incentive Program

The Job Creation Incentive Program (JCIP) is utilized to attract or retain businesses in the City of Cleveland. The program provides a valuable tool for attracting growing and expanding companies to Cleveland. The grant amount paid is based on actual new payroll and income tax generated to the...

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Grants
Municipal Small Business Initiative

Partnering with U.S. Small Business Administration and Cuyahoga County, this performance grant allows businesses to reduce their equity in a SBA funded project from the required 25% to 10%. The City provides a grant of 15% (of total project costs) which is funded half by the City and half by ...

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Grants
Tech Delta Program

The Tech Delta Program is designed to supply financial assistance to tech and medical companies relocating or expanding within the City of Cleveland. These companies experience much higher build-out costs or rental rates due to specific technological needs for their operations. The Department ...

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Loans
Equipment Loan Program

The Equipment Loan Program funded with Federal Economic Development Administration Title IX funds is designed to assist small-medium businesses who are creating or retaining jobs and looking to expand in the City of Cleveland. The Program offers long term, fixed rate financing for the acquisit...

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Loans
Mayor's NTI Loan Program

Partnering with U.S. Small Business Administration and Cuyahoga County, this performance grant allows businesses to reduce their equity in a SBA funded project from the required 25% to 10%. The City provides a grant of 15% (of total project costs) which is funded half by the City and half by ...

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Loans
Neighborhood Retail Assistance Program

In 2018, the City of Cleveland recognized 12-years since the establishment of the Neighborhood Retail Assistance Program—a program that assists existing and start-up small businesses and entrepreneurs. Cleveland is one of only a handful of cities across the country to provide financing to loca...

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Loans
Vacant Property Initiative

The Vacant Property Initiative helps overcome barriers in the full reuse of abandoned, idled or underutilized commercial and industrial properties within the City of Cleveland. Eligible activities are property acquisition, environmental site assessments, site clearance and demolition, “as is” ...

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Loans
Working Capital Loan Program

The Working Capital Loan Program funded with Federal Economic Development Administration Title IX funds is designed to assist small-medium businesses who are creating or retaining jobs and looking to expand in the City of Cleveland. The Program helps companies that need additional working capi...

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Other Programs
Enterprise Zone Tax Abatement Program

The Ohio Enterprise Zone Program is an economic development tool that provides real property tax exemptions to businesses making investments in Ohio. Enterprise Zones are designated areas of land in which businesses can receive tax incentives in the form of exemptions on eligible new investmen...

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Other Programs
Industrial/Commercial Land Bank

Development in an urban core frequently means redeveloping or repurposing land and buildings in order to meet current market needs. The Department of Economic Development recognizes the need to invest in the redevelopment of brownfield sites as a key part of furthering the City of Cleveland's ...

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Other Programs
Opportunity Corridor

The Opportunity Corridor is a 3-mile roadway under construction that will run from East 55th Street at Interstate 490 to East 105th Street in University Circle. The roadway project is being managed by the Ohio Department of Transportation.

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