NOTE: The 2019 Innovation Challenge Grant Program is currently not open for applications.

The Innovation Challenge Grant was created in 2014 to award grants to OTR businesses and organizations for projects which will help them expand or fund a creative partnership or service. All existing businesses located in Over-the-Rhine (as defined by the City of Cincinnati) are eligible and must be a member of the OTR Chamber of Commerce to apply. The Innovation Challenge Grant is administered by the OTR Chamber’s Business Attraction and Retention Committee, a diverse group of leaders and stakeholders in the community.
Grant Requirements
Areas of focus must be a project which will help an existing OTR business or organization expand on their current business OR fund a new creative partnership or service. 

To be eligible for a grant, the business must:

  • Be an existing business or organization in Over-the-Rhine or Pendleton (as defined by City of Cincinnati),
  • Be a current member of the OTR Chamber of Commerce,
  • Fully complete the Innovation Challenge Grant Application and
  • Submit an application fee ($30). All application fees are rolled into future Innovation Challenge grants. Application fees can be accepted via check or paid by credit card. Checks must be made out to Over-the-Rhine Revitalization Corporation and mailed to: OTR Chamber of Commerce, 1805 Elm Street, 3rd Floor, 45202. To pay via credit card, please request to be invoiced when submitting an application.

The Application Process (NOTE: The 2019 Innovation Challenge Grant Program is currently not open for applications.)

Applicants must submit a completed application to the OTR Chamber by the close of the application period. You can view last year's (2018) application form HERE.