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2018 Facade Grant Applications Now Open

The Small Business Facade and Property Improvement 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. To apply, please fill out the 2018 Small … Continued

Indianapolis takes next step toward long-sought new criminal justice center

Mayor Joe Hogsett announced Monday morning that Indianapolis and Citizens Energy Group have reached a $4.2 million deal for the Pleasant Run Crossing site in the Twin Aire neighborhood for the city’s new criminal justice center.

Win $2,500 for Your Organization: Dec. 31 Deadline!

The LOVE thy Neighborhood Awards were created to encourage the transformation of neighborhoods throughout the Indy region into authentic and vibrant places profoundly attractive and livable for both residents and visitors. We are currently soliciting nominations in all four award categories for the 2018 Love Thy Neighborhood Awards, which will take place on April 26, 2018. An organization, individual, initiative or project can be nominated by a community member or they can self-apply. Three Nominees/Applicants will be selected as finalists in each category by a selection committee comprised of community development stakeholders. The application deadline is Dec. 31, 2017 at … Continued

Looking to 2018

Thank you to the Switchboard for hosting our staff retreat today! Looking forward to understanding our individual and collective goals toward building stronger neighborhoods in 2018!


Reminder! It’s your last chance to join the live webcast of #InvestInCommunity, our #ImpactInvesting conference with the Federal Reserve! Transforming Communities: Driving and Assessing Investment starts at 9AM ET. Sign up for the webcast and app here.…/event/transforming-communities

Community Development Financial Institutions have pioneered Impact Investing

Community Development Financial Institutions have pioneered Impact Investing with innovations from the 1970’s Community Reinvestment Act to 2017’s #SustainAbilityBonds. In a new White Paper, LISC’s Elise Balboni and Christina Travers examine the industry’s impact and potential for the future.…/cdfis-impact-investing-industry-review

Great Places 2020 organizers hope 2018 is transformative year

Thanks to Indianapolis Business Journal for this in-depth coverage featuring LISC Indianapolis’ Bill Taft. 2018 will be a year of transformation for Great Places 2020 – the $200 million redevelopment initiative targeting neglected pockets of the city. Read more:

LISC Lunch and Learn

Thank you to those who participated in today’s workforce development focused lunch and learn. We look forward to continuing this conversation in 2018 to better connect neighborhood residents to local employment opportunities.

RUCKUS Makerspace Celebrates One Year

Congratulations to RUCKUS Makerspace on celebrating their 1 year anniversary last night. It’s exciting to see how entrepreneurs like Calavera Tool Works have grown, created new products and created jobs since joining Ruckus with the support of Riley Area Development Corporation (RADC)and Southeast Community Services  

Nov. 17 Development on Tap focused on partnering for neighborhood workforce development

On Nov. 17, more than 75 attendees heard from Angie Carr-Klitzsch (CEO of EmployIndy), Tedd Grain (Deputy Director of LISC Indianapolis) and Michelle Beer (Director of Financial Stability at United Way of Central Indiana) at Development on Tap. The discussion focused on EmployIndy’s new strategic plan and partnership for neighborhood workforce development. Employers throughout Greater Indianapolis are experiencing growth, and, with growth, comes the promise of more jobs. Yet, many of these jobs require skills that some residents in our urban neighborhoods do not possess. EmployIndy, LISC Indianapolis and United Way of Central Indiana seek to bridge this skills gap to connect … Continued

USA Today: Suzanne Anarde of Rural LISC

Take the chance to read this opinion piece by Suzanne Anarde of Rural LISC about the value of manufactured housing. USA TODAY “The holidays are a time when many of us reflect on the meaning of home. But the fact is that not all homes are created, or valued, equally. Take the manufactured home, otherwise known as a mobile or trailer home. There is no American dwelling more disrespected. They’re derided as “tornado magnets,” and they serve as the butt of plenty of jokes and derogatory terms about low-income, rural people. For me, this gets personal. I grew up in manufactured housing, … Continued

The Big Value of Small Business

Investing in small businesses is key to fueling local economies and creating opportunity. LISC supports emerging entrepreneurs other lenders may deem too risky and, in the process, helps open doors for economic development, wealth building, social connection and creativity in communities across the country. In celebration of Small Business Saturday (Nov. 25), we’re taking a look at the big impact these investments make. Learn more here:

FOCUS Small Business Property Improvement Program: Design Assistance Application

Design Assistance Funds: 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 to by Dec. 1 at 5:30 pm. Final selection and notification of the applicants will take place by the end of December. LISC will enter into a contract with the Design Consultant from February 1, 2018 through December 31st , 2018. Please click here to download the application. Click here for additional information about the program.

Neighbor Power Indy needs you!

Neighbor Power Indy is a gathering of neighborhoods to promote positive change, foster connections and create momentum that brings together active and engaged residents and community leaders on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Marian University. We are seeking neighbors like you to share your accomplishments during discussions and workshops on the neighborhood issues we all face. We need your help to inspire and empower others with your stories. Together, we can make a difference. Please complete the following application. Proposals are due Friday, November 17, 2017.