Supporting Vibrant, Growing Communities

Tax Allocation Districts are areas with specific financing tools to incentivize development, helping the City of Atlanta grow and prosper.

Helping Develop Atlanta Neighborhoods

Creating more economic activity and strengthening neighborhood businesses.
Improving streets, parks, and promoting community life.
Increasing access to housing through redevelopment and rehabilitation.

Tax Allocation Districts

Explore the areas below where Invest Atlanta can provide special financing for development.

What Is a Tax Allocation District?

A TAD, sometimes called a TIF (tax increment financing) is a financing incentive tool in which bonds are issued to pay for infrastructure and other improvement in a designated area.

These bonds are repaid by increases in property values (and corresponding property ‘tax increments’) from that area.

It’s not an increase in property taxes, but rather a way to stimulate reinvestment in an area by financing needed infrastructure or improvements from future tax proceeds within a designated area.


Development Incentives Application

How to Apply


1. Register in Neighborly -  Neighborly Portal

When you access the Portal for the first time, you’ll need to Register your account by clicking on the Register link. The registration process will create a username (which is your email address) and password that will be used for future logins. The email address you choose will also be used for system emails/notifications, so it is recommended to use your primary email address. For security purposes, the system will validate that you own the registered email address by sending an email with a validation link.  

2. Complete & Submit Preliminary Questionnaire

After logging into Neighborly, select ‘Development Incentives Application’ and complete the preliminary questionnaire. Upon receiving a completed questionnaire, Invest Atlanta project managers will review and contact you with additional questions.  If the project is determined to be eligible for a funding program, you will be granted access to the development incentives application.

3. Complete & Submit a Development Incentives Application

Upon receipt of an application, Invest Atlanta staff will review the application for content and completeness. After a fully complete application has been reviewed for consistency with Invest Atlanta and programmatic goals, staff will analyze and evaluate the project. The project manager will contact you with any additional questions and to provide a timeline overview.

All projects seeking Invest Atlanta funding, except for TAD funding programs*, will require an NPU presentation and recommendation letter (*Projects within the Beltline TAD and the Westside TAD neighborhoods of English Avenue and Vine City will require an NPU presentation and recommendation letter). An NPU letter is not required at the time of initial application submission but will be required prior to advancing a funding application to our Board for approval. Please consider this process in your timing. Click here to review complete community engagement guidelines, request a presentation date, and see a sample letter.  

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