Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce Mini-Grant Application

Launches November 9th, open through November 30, 2022

The Over-the-Rhine (OTR) Chamber of Commerce, is thrilled to announce a unique funding opportunity for small businesses in OTR and Pendleton. The OTR Chamber Mini-Grants will offer the chance for small businesses to apply for up to $2,000 in funds. Funds are to help bridge the funding gap for OTR and Pendleton small businesses, who have demonstrated that they have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and are experiencing barriers to obtaining capital for a new project, piece of new equipment, or advancement in technology.

Small business grant applications must be project-based where results can be tracked by a defined metric. Any requests for general business operating, or property acquisitions and/or renovations will not be eligible for funding. This grant is intended to be funds that will help bridge the gap between the need and the goal, therefore is not a large dollar grant (up to $2,000).

Application can be found HERE (please note, this will not be live until November 9th).


  • Grant applications will be accepted starting November 9th, 2022
  • Grant applications will close at 11:59 pm on November 30th, 2022
  • No exceptions for application timeline will be made


- Applicants must have a small business or an LOI for a small business located in the Over-the-Rhine or Pendleton neighborhood. Please reference the OTR and Pendleton boundaries here .

- Applicants must be a member of the OTR Chamber of Commerce. For more information and to sign up, please visit www.otrchamber.com/memberbenefits . If you have questions about the status of your membership, please contact Amy Yokel, [email protected]

- Any of the following will NOT be eligible for funding: Convenience store, check-cashing service, temporary labor services, place of worship, home-based business, and businesses that are not compatible with adjacent residential uses.

- Business must be open at least 50 hours per week

- Business must demonstrate they have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Special consideration goes to businesses that have not recently received grant support from OTRCC, and to Women, LGBTQ+, and BIPOC-owned businesses

A big thank you to the City of Cincinnati and Homebase, for making this opportunity available!