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Attention Project Management Consultants: Grant money available for grant and contract administration assistance for Facade Improvement Program

FOCUS is currently soliciting proposals from project management consultants to provide grant and contract administration, general construction and regulatory oversight for privately and publicly funded façade improvement projects. Façade grants are provided to building-owners undertaking improvements partially-funded through the Façade Improvement Program.  Please submit electronically.  Final selection and notification of the applicants will take place on or about February 29, 2016.  LISC will enter into a contract with one or more project management consultants from February 1, 2016 through April 30, 2017.   Please click here to download the application form. To be considered, responses to this RFP must be received … Continued

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Feb. 25: Crafting a Cultural District Amidst Suburban Sprawl

Please join us on Feb. 25 for the Urban Land Institute 2016 Breakfast Series focused on Crafting a Cultural District Amidst Suburban Sprawl. Moderated by Tedd Grain, Deputy Director of LISC Indianapolis, guests will hear from: Ben Houle, PE –IMC TAP Panel Chair, founder of Landworx Engineering. Ben has more than 15 years of experience in the industry, and has been a long-time volunteer with ULI and Habitat for Humanity. Kathleen Norris –Expert in strategizing how to bring retail and revitalization to distressed neighborhoods. Her firm, Urban Fast Forward out of Cincinnati, has contributed greatly to the rebirth of the Over-the-Rhine … Continued

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BES-Indy LLC, a special purpose entity of Charter School Support Services, a national nonprofit developer, recently closed on construction financing from LISC and IFF to finance the development of a facility located at 5326 Hillside Avenue which will be leased to a new K-5 charter elementary school, ACE Preparatory Academy (“ACE Prep”). The start-up school is founded by Anna Shults. ACE Prep is scheduled to open in the fall of 2016 and will serve a total of 432 students at full enrollment. Read more here.

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Submissions due Jan. 31 for Near Eastside Creative Placemaking Projects

GREAT PLACES 2020: EAST WASHINGTON AND OXFORD The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA), Englewood Community Development Corporation (ECDC) and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) are partnering to support creative placemaking projects within the Near Eastside Great Places 2020 area. We are soliciting proposals from a broad range of creative practices (art installations, craft-based projects, music, performances, culinary achievements, special events, etc.) that contribute to the cultural identity of the Near Eastside Great Place. Successful projects will connect people together with the distinct place, history, stories or culture of the Near Eastside Great Place. Click here for application information.

New Art Installation at Holmes and King

GREAT PLACES 2020: WEST MICHIGAN AND KING Artistic and cultural activities strengthen a community, particularly when they reveal and celebrate its character and identity. Creative Placemaking provides a vital spark that brings a neighborhood to life and transforms it into a place where things happen and people want to be. This new art installation was created in partnership with LISC and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. The design was done by Wil D. Marquez of w/Purpose design. Fabrication was done by Cutting Edge Craftsmen LLC based out of the Brookside Industrial Complex. Planting, clean ups and hardscaping was done by volunteers over … Continued

Attention Design and Architecture professionals: Grant money available for design assistance for Facade Improvement Program

FOCUS is currently soliciting proposals from design or architecture professionals to provide design assistance to building-owners undertaking improvements partially funded through the Façade Improvement Program. Please submit electronically. Final selection and notification of the applicants will take place by the end of January. LISC will enter into a contract with the Design Consultant from February 1, 2016 through April 30, 2017. Please click here to download the application form. To be considered, responses to this RFP must be received by LISC electronically by 5:30 pm on February 15, 2016. Please send all submissions and refer questions to: Nicholas Johnson Local … Continued

#LOVEat38th 5 x 5 Event on Feb. 5

GREAT PLACES 2020: 38th AND ILLINOIS This 5×5 event is a contest sponsored by Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to foster community building and art-focused innovations in selected Great Places neighborhoods. For this 5×5, five finalists will be given 5 minutes and 5 slides to present an idea using the arts to benefit the 38th and Illinois Street neighborhood. The competition will take place at the Harrison Center for the Arts on Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. One winning project will receive $10,000 to make it happen. The winning project must be complete by June 15, 2016. Click here for … Continued

Sustainable Local Food Indiana – growing

GREAT PLACES 2020: EAST WASHINGTON AND OXFORD Progress continues at Sustainable Local Food Indiana. The first growing unit is now producing basil and lettuce (watch time-lapse video here) and is being sold to Pogue’s Run Grocer’s Deli and Wildwood Market. Renovation work on the building is ongoing and more growing units will be added in the coming months. Also, Hoosier Popcorn was announced as a new building tenant.

LISC, Social Innovation Fund join forces to open new career opportunities for unskilled workers in Indianapolis

A federal program that fuels grassroots solutions to community challenges is helping close the skills gap that traps millions of people in poverty, even in a growing economy. The Social Innovation Fund (SIF)—part of the Federal Corporation for National and Community Service—has awarded funding to the new Bridges to Career Opportunities program at three Centers for Working Families (CWFs) in Indianapolis. The Bridges program is overseen by LISC Indianapolis in order to help low-income workers build the skills necessary to earn a living wage. Coaches at three community centers will teach core skills like math, reading, and English as a … Continued

LISC celebrates 2015 work, highlights efforts in International Marketplace

LISC celebrates 2015 work, highlights efforts in International Marketplace On Dec. 3, LISC Indianapolis gathered friends, partners and supporters to celebrate the 2015 work in connecting people and places of urban Indianapolis to opportunity. The holiday event highlighted the International Marketplace Coalition, a non-profit organization comprised of businesses, concerned citizens and community leaders who encourage economic growth and development on the northwest side of Indianapolis. The event took place at Jiallos African Caribbean Restaurant, in the International Marketplace neighborhood. In partnership with the City of Indianapolis and the International Marketplace Coalition, LISC funded this catalytic transformation along West 38th Street. … Continued

Tarkington Park Façade Improvements Underway

Tarkington Park Façade Improvements Underway With a focus on creative placemaking, a number of art murals have been added in Tarkington Park. In addition, the parking lot has been repaved and benches have been added. The Tarkington Park Master Plan is estimated at $12 million and will help rejuvenate a key commercial node along a critical transportation corridor. The strategy focuses on an initial catalyst public realm investment in the park simultaneously with City investments in business and infrastructure investments. Planned amenities include: a dog park, bocce ball, playground, basketball and tennis courts, splash plaza, café with restrooms, walking paths, … Continued

Haughville Parish Hall Saved from Demolition

Haughville Parish Hall Saved from Demolition The Archdiocese of Indianapolis donated the former Holy Trinity Parish Hall to Indiana Landmarks just before Thanksgiving. The Parish Hall, which has about 21,000 square feet over three floors, includes a full-size gymnasium with basketball court. It is located in the Haughville Historic District, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. This means that historic tax credits and other incentives will be available when it comes to needed investment in the building. Indiana Landmarks plans to market the building for sale in the near future, likely after some needed masonry repairs. … Continued

Oxford Place Senior Apartments, Oxford Flats Will Provide Additional Housing Options

The first phase of the Oxford Place development is Oxford Place Senior Apartments, a 32-unit building on the former Crown Laundry site. An aggregate pier foundation was installed in late November, and concrete footers are currently being poured, so the footprint of the entire building is now visible on the site. Construction will continue through the winter, and anticipated to be complete by fall 2016. This projected is being developed by Englewood Community Development Corporation and The Whitsett Group. Oxford Flats, a 15-unit building on the first block of N. Oxford, is still with the architects for finalized construction drawings, … Continued


LISC Indianapolis has received a grant totaling $100,000 from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. The grant will be used to expand the Centers for Working Families’ Bridges to Success program to provide bridge employment skills training. Built on a model developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Centers for Working Families (CWF) provides people with the tools they need to increase their income, reduce expenses, and build wealth for their families. The CWF network in Indianapolis is composed of eight neighborhood-based centers that transition families from living paycheck to paycheck to investing in their future. The Bridges for Success … Continued

Museums and Libraries Step-Up Efforts to Tackle Economic Distress in Poor Communities, Says New Report from IMLS and LISC

A new national report finds that many museums and libraries are leveraging their prominent local positions to help rebuild troubled neighborhoods, driving economic, educational and social efforts that help raise standards of living. Museums, Libraries, and Comprehensive Initiatives: A First Look at Emerging Experience, is part of a collaborative research effort by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) examining the ways that museums and libraries are helping fuel successful comprehensive community revitalization efforts and offer best practices for other institutions to follow. Last week, the findings were used to launch a discussion … Continued