The Board of County Commissioners, Hamilton County, Ohio (“County”) will receive $3.4 million in 2021 Community Development Block Grant (“CDBG”) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) to benefit low to  moderate income households and areas, create economic opportunities, provide safe & secure housing, and improve living environments for communities and residents. Of this amount, the County intends to expend up to $750,000 for social services. Use of the funds for the purposes described herein is authorized under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. The County will use $500,000 of 2021 CDBG entitlement grant funds as well as $250,000 in CDBG-CV funds through the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) to prepare for, prevent and respond to the coronavirus.

The County on behalf of the Hamilton County Planning + Development Department (“Planning + Development”) is issuing this Request for Proposals (“RFP”)  in order to receive proposals for certain non-profit services as further described herein that meet the objectives in the County’s 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan set forth at: https://www.hamiltoncountyohio.gov/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=16387428 All contracts will be awarded to the non-profit entity whose proposal is most advantageous to the program with price and other factors considered. Non-profit entities that wish to submit a proposal must do so through the Neighborly software application.

Any contract resulting from this RFP will be that of a subrecipient relationship with the County and not that of a vendor/contractor. Any non-profit entity awarded a contract hereunder will be required to determine eligibility of any individual requesting services paid for with CDBG funding. Only those non-profit entities that are willing to enter into a subrecipient contract should submit proposals.

  1. The minimum funding per program is $50,000.  No maximum funding limit has been established. 

The deadline for submitting responses to the Request for Proposals is April 30, 2021 at 4:00pm EST. 


To view the Q&A for the RFP please follow this link.

There will be a Q&A session via Zoom on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 3:00pm. To see the questions and answers addressed during the meeting, please clink the link above.

Topic: Hamilton County CDBG Nonprofit Services RFP Optional Q&A
Time: Apr 14, 2021 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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The RFP Contact Person and email address for questions about the RFP process, technical issues, the scope of services or to send a request for a post-proposal meeting is Emily Carnahan at [email protected]  

The cut-off date for questions is April 27, 2021 at 4:00pm.


April 7                  RFP Released
April 14 at 3pm  Optional Q&A Meeting via Zoom
April 27                Deadline for submission of questions
April 30 at 4pm  Deadline for RFP submissions
May 3-7               Staff reviews proposals for completeness and forwards to Advisory Committee
May 17-24          Advisory Committee meets to review and score proposals
May 25                 Make recommendations to County Administrator
June                     Post-award meetings and contracts finalized
July 1                   Contract Start Date

Application Submission 

All entities that desire to submit a Proposal must register and respond to this RFP via the Neighborly software application by 4:00pm on April 30, 2021. The link to Neighborly: https://portal.neighborlysoftware.com/hamiltoncountyoh/Participant/Login 

If you have questions, please contact Emily at [email protected]

2020 Hamilton County Nonprofit Services Funding Awards




Charitable Pharmacy

St Vincent de Paul


Rental Assistance/ Eviction Prevention

Legal Aid/Community Action Agency


Providing Emergency Sustenance



Senior Legal Services Program

Pro Seniors Inc.


Foreclosure Prevention/ Emergency Mortgage Assistance

Legal Aid


 Supported Employment and Job Readiness Services  IKRON Corporation  $60,000
 Thriving Entrepreneurs  MORTAR  $100,000
 Career Transformation Center  Dress for Success Cincinnati  $67,000

 Housing + Supportive Services

 Lydia’s House