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2015 Small Business Facade Program Application Available

The Small Business Facade Program is a component of FOCUS that provides matching grants to property owners willing to renovate the street-front exteriors of their structures. These improvements could include new signage, windows, painting, and/or structural or design changes. This is a rebate program where business and property owners receive reimbursement for up to 50% of the cost of the project in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 for completed work. The goal is to build long-lasting relationships that connect neighborhoods with businesses and new resources to revitalize urban markets. The 2015 Small Business Facade Program is now open. To … Continued

Northwest Area QOL to Create Groundworks USA Trust

The Groundwork USA Steering committee, working in close collaboration with northwest area neighborhoods, unanimously voted to move forward with the creation of an Indianapolis Branch. Groundwork USA is a national non-profit focused on green and open spaces and youth. The new branch will be focused on the Northwest Area QOL, the most recent area to complete the quality of life plan process. The organization will bring greater focus and new resources from the federal EPA and Parks Department to green spaces and underutilized brownfield sites in the northwest area neighborhoods.     

2015 NFL Foundation RFP Released

The NFL Grassroots Program is a partnership between National LISC and the NFL Foundation to revitalize community football fields in neighborhoods across the country. The program provides grants up to $200,000 and technical assistance to qualifying non-profit community-based organizations to spearhead the field improvement efforts. To apply for the program, read the Request for Proposal (RFP) and submit the appropriate paperwork as instructed by March 30, 2015.

PNC Renews Support of FOCUS Program

We are proud to announce that PNC has renewed its support of the FOCUS program. The FOCUS program – which stands for FOstering Commercial Urban Strategies – is designed to bolster economic opportunity in Indianapolis’s urban neighborhoods. The goal is to build long-lasting relationships that connect neighborhoods with businesses and other resources in a way that helps drive and support neighborhood revitalization. PNC’s commitment will help revitalize growing neighborhoods in Indianapolis by improving commercial corridors for job creation, increased public safety, and a more robust and vibrant economic environment. “Commercial corridors and the business districts they support are a neighborhood’s … Continued

Indianapolis Landlord Registry Open Until March 2015

During the 2014 session, the City-County Council voted 16-11 in favor of Proposition 195. The proposition was drafted by city Councilors Jeff Miller, John Barth and Zach Adamson and details policies that allow city agencies to create a registry of current landlords and better hold landlords accountable for negligence. The proposition is now in effect, ending a year-long moratorium on landlord accountability policies enacted by the Indiana General Assembly in 2013. Representative Justin Moed played a key role in organizing community members and city officials for landlord accountability. Indianapolis LISC actively supported this ordinance due to the longstanding challenge urban … Continued

Happy Holidays from LISC!

Thank you for all your support this year. We hope you enjoy your holiday season and we look forward to building community in 2015! Click on the picture above to watch LISC’s Holiday E-Card.

Building Sustainable Communities: Southeast Indianapolis

New research connects LISC investments in low-income communities to direct gains in employment and income Southeast Indianapolis was one of four areas nationwide chosen for an in-depth case study of neighborhoods in LISC’s Building Sustainable Communities program. The research shows that these neighborhoods saw a 9% increase in job creation, median income, and other economic and education indicators of growth beyond that of similar areas without long-term LISC investment. To learn more, visit the LISC national website, read the Summary Report or the Full Report.

Great Places 2020 Launches Successfully

On Friday, November 21, 2014 over 300 community leaders and neighbors gathered at Kinney Group Headquarters on the Near West side to officially launch the Great Places 2020 initiative. Great Places 2020 is a visionary community development project transforming strategic places in six Marion County neighborhoods into dynamic centers of culture, commerce and community, preparing Indianapolis for unprecedented success as we enter 2020. Each Great Place will be transformed through partnership, development and investment in: Livability, Opportunity, Vitality and Education. Key partners have emerged that will contribute to the success of Great Places 2020, including  Buckingham Foundation, the Indiana Housing … Continued

Development on Tap: Brownfield Redevelopment

All too often, older industrial and commercial properties in Marion County remain vacant or underutilized due to real or perceived environmental contamination. These properties are known as brownfields and many of these sites represent prime opportunities for redevelopment. An innovative and effective tool for remediating brownfield sites is insurance cost recovery. Insurance cost recovery uses the former insurance policies that were in place when the pollution occurred at a site to pay for the site’s cleanup costs. The insurers have been found liable for such remediation even in cases where the policies were decades old. The Local Initiatives Support Corporation … Continued

Industrial Reuse: Linking Economic Opportunities with Targeted Urban Places

LISC and partners unveiled an economic cluster study that will inform Indianapolis as we begin a more intentional and collaborative approach to revitalizing our legacy industrial districts. The study explores the infrastructure and potential of the industrial landscape in Indianapolis examined alongside the projected growth of the local B2B, technology, and food manufacturing and distribution clusters. The study features the combined knowledge of respected firms in this field: Mass Economics, RW Ventures, Bookman, Capraro Associates and Jones Lang LaSalle. Download the Executive Summary: Linking Regional Economic Clusters with Target Urban Places. For more information, visit our FOCUS page dedicated to Industrial Reuse.    

LISC, the Colts and the NFL Foundation Partner to Create New Public Football Field

Indianapolis Parks Foundation (IPF) is the recipient of a $200,000 grant through Indianapolis LISC, the Colts and the NFL Foundation Grassroots Program, a partnership between National LISC and the NFL Foundation. The grant is part of a total of $2.5 million slated by city officials to refurbish public fields this year. The City of Indianapolis and IPF designated $1.5 million in funding to build a public athletic field at Historic Central Greens. The former hospital site will feature over $52 million in current and planned development, including the new Christel House Academy Charter School, student housing, apartments, office space, a … Continued

United Way of Central Indiana Endorses Centers for Working Families Model

LISC and United Way collaborate to pave path forward for working families in Indianapolis Ann Murtlow, President and CEO of United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI), announced a partnership with LISC to benefit working families in Indianapolis. Since 2007, LISC has invested $4.5 million to implement the CWF model in Indianapolis. Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), has funded CWF since 2007 through the Family Success Initiative, providing annual operating grants to the CWF network. LISC currently operates six CWF neighborhood centers and a center at Ivy Tech Community College, providing bundled services to empower working … Continued

Centers for Working Families Begin Second Year of “Bridge Works” Initiative

  LISC-sponsored Centers for Working Families have begun the second year of the Bridge Works initiative.  Two centers will each receive $40,000 from Accenture to refine and expand academic-occupational “bridge” programming. These programs help low-skilled working adults to improve literacy and technical skills leading to better jobs in targeted sectors of health care and manufacturing. Indianapolis is one of just six cities in the LISC national network to receive funding to support “bridge” training initiatives. The centers to receive the additional resources are Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center and Southeast Community Services. To learn more about the Bridge Works initiative and … Continued

$30 Million Deal will bring New Gateway to Near Westwide

A collaborative effort creates a new corridor for Near West neighborhoods In a three-way partnership between Lilly Endowment, the City of Indianapolis and Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), the Near Westside will be better connected to the university and Downtown. Michigan and New York streets will be transformed into two-way thoroughfares through IUPUI’s campus and across the river into Haughville, Stringtown and Hawthorne. The City will invest $10 million to pay for road construction on and around campus, using funds from the Downtown tax increment financing (TIF) district. Opening up the Near Westside will make these neighborhoods more appealing … Continued

LISC Indianapolis Invests $280,000 in Local Small Businesses

Grants will be used to revamp small business commercial facades throughout Indianapolis LISC has awarded matching grants to 35 local businesses through its Small Business Façade Improvement Program. This year’s commitments total $280,000 and are helping to leverage over $1.2 million in total building and façade improvements. Doubled support by the City of Indianapolis provided the financial capital for 13 additional awards over last year’s total, strengthening the program’s overall impact. Other sponsors include Chase, State Farm and the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership. The Small Business Façade Improvement Program is one of the largest, well-established façade initiatives in the country focusing on small … Continued