Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Indianapolis is the local office of the country’s largest community development corporation. We are dedicated to transforming distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities—good places to work, do business, and raise children.
By mobilizing corporate, government, and philanthropic support, LISC provides financing, technical advice, management and program consulting, training, and policy support to neighborhoods. We help neighborhood-based organizations organize, identify results they aim to achieve, create plans, and then help implement them—a process we call quality-of-life planning.
We work to restore housing, stimulate economic development, champion education, create avenues out of poverty, and support healthy environments and lifestyles. Our efforts are based on the proven principle that sustainable revitalization works best when it is driven by community residents and stakeholders, not imposed from the outside.
LISC invested more than $22 million into Indianapolis neighborhoods in grants, loans, and equity in 2017. This supported 30 different non-profits, assisted 68 businesses, created 713 jobs, built 106 homes, and improved 643,343 square feet of commercial space. In addition, we exceeded our lending goal by 32 percent, financing $7.3 million in real estate projects across Indianapolis.