The Cincinnati Design Awards Scholarship is given each year to an individual, corporation, or organization whose work supports strong local communities through a range of community stewardship, education, and programming activities. Recipients frequently have a strong mission to add to the built environment by promoting creative problem-solving, social equity, environmental or art education, or cultural heritage. Nominations are vetted by the CDA committee and the recipient is acknowledged at the CDA event.

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Price Hill Will (PHW) is a nonprofit community development corporation serving Lower, East, and West Price Hill. PHW strives to create systemic change in Price Hill through equitable physical, civic, social, and economic development that improves the quality of life for all families in our community. We help residents build on their assets and gain skills as we connect them with resources to improve their quality of life.

On August 15th, 2019 an innovative program launched in East Price Hill; all City of Cincinnati departments are working cooperatively within a selected area of our neighborhood and business district for 90 days through the Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP). The NEP is focused on enhancing the quality of life for residents, eliminating blight, and increasing safety in our community.

City and community partners have received a community wish list that focuses on resolving issues around pedestrian safety, blighted properties, crime, and beautification of public spaces.

One of the four signature projects, dreamt up by the community, is Light Up Warsaw. Light Up Warsaw is a creative placemaking project taking place in the Warsaw Avenue Neighborhood Business District of East Price Hill. The project consists of adding exterior lights to 10 buildings/public spaces along Warsaw Avenue. These lights will highlight the buildings’ unique architectural features as well as increase the safety of these spaces by bringing in more light. Each building and space is distinctive; some spaces will feature bright white lights, some buildings will utilize color, and some lights will change colors throughout the year. PHW is spearheading this project with support and in partnership with the City of Cincinnati, the East Price Hill Improvement Association, the Price Hill Safety Community Action Team, and other community partners to make the NEP a success!

With funding from the Cincinnati Design Awards scholarship, PHW will be able to assist in the costs of purchasing and installing the lights for the Light Up Warsaw project.



Keep Cincinnati Beautiful’s Arts Program uses art as a catalyst for reducing blight, crime, and vandalism.

Eyesores in a community – things like vacant buildings, crumbling retaining walls, and rusty chain-link fences – are turned into community assets by using the neglected space to create simple, low-cost works of art. The most recognizable project within KCB’s Arts Program is Future Blooms: the painted doors and windows on the barricades of abandoned buildings.

Happen, Inc.

Modern Makers

Otr Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation

Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative