We helped to bring our office space back to life at 1224 Race Street in Over-the-Rhine.

We helped to bring our new office space back to life in Over-the-Rhine.

About Cincinnati Development Fund

Cincinnati Development Fund (CDF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit lending institution that fills a gap not covered by traditional lenders. We provide funding for real estate development in under-served markets in the Greater Cincinnati area. We also offer facilities and equipment funding for nonprofit organizations in our region.

Our mission is to drive community revitalization by providing capital access and technical assistance.

Our vision is to be a national leader in community development bringing financial institutions, nonprofit and commercial developers, and local governments together to create vibrant, diverse neighborhoods and strong central cities.

A certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and Community Development Entity (CDE), CDF is an equal opportunity provider.


CDF History

Cincinnati Development Fund was created by Cincinnati-area financial institutions in 1988 as a mechanism to share risk and cost-effectively invest in community development lending. Throughout its history, CDF has worked with financial institutions, community and government leaders and borrowers to support neighborhood revitalization. With high-quality management, sound loan servicing and asset management capacity, CDF has earned investor confidence and sustained high-impact lending that is responsive to community needs. See our key historic milestones here.

Meet our staff here.

Click here to meet our board of trustees.


Our Projects and Their Impact

Residential Development

Commercial Development

Mixed-Use Development

Nonprofit Facilities and Equipment

Creative Place Making

Healthy Food Facilities


It all adds up. Read more.



Connect with us.


Connect with us.

Cincinnati Development Fund
1224 Race Street
Cincinnati OH 45202
513.721.7211 phone
513.721.7214 fax