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Job Creation Incentive Program


The Job Creation Incentive Program (JCIP) is utilized to attract or retain businesses in the City of Cleveland. The program provides a valuable tool for attracting growing and expanding companies to Cleveland. The grant amount paid is based on actual new payroll and income tax generated to the City of Cleveland, which is verified annually.


Grant assistance can be applied to new, for-profit entities moving to, and or expanding in, Cleveland who create at least five new full time W-2 jobs in the City. The program can also be utilized by existing businesses with substantial job creation. Restaurants, charter schools, retail businesses, daycares and entities with 1099 jobs are ineligible for the program.

Max Assistance

Eligible applicants may receive grants of up to 0.5% of new payroll to the City of Cleveland for up to three years and may also qualify for an additional $5,000 Moving Assistance Grant.

Use of Proceeds

Eligible expenses for the Moving Assistance Grant includes moving costs and IT installation expenses.

Equity Requirement

Not required for this grant. 


No collateral is required; however the business must remain operating for the term of the grant.

Interest Rates


Loan Terms

The Applicant will submit certified payrolls with total employment and payroll information no later than April 30th of each year for the term of the grant contract. The Applicant must execute a City Workforce Development Agreement. The Workforce Development Agreement is a free service provided by Ohio Means Jobs that works to match unemployed skilled workers with available positions.