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Strong Social Networks are Key to Turning Around Communities

Why do some neighborhoods succeed in attracting investment and providing equitable opportunity for long-time residents, while others struggle? New research confirms knowledge gleaned from LISC’s years of experience – it takes a strong and diverse network of local leaders for communities to thrive. Read here!

State Farm is giving away $25,000 grants to 40 causes

Neighbors across the country will soon have an exciting opportunity to help change their communities for the better through State Farm Neighborhood Assist. Part of the State Farm Neighborhood of Good initiative which inspires and empowers people to turn caring into doing, State Farm Neighborhood Assist is back for its seventh year. Here’s how the process works: Individuals can submit a cause at www.neighborhoodassist.com from June 6-15 or when 2,000 submissions are reached, whichever comes first. You can begin prepping your submission, so when June 6 rolls around submitting will be a breeze. The State Farm Review Committee will then narrow down the field, … Continued

Indy Awarded Partners for Places Grant to Create Neighborhood Resilience Ambassadors

Now, more than ever, communities are coming together to confront climate change and build resilience at the local level. That’s why the Funder’s Network is excited to announce the newest round of Partners for Places grantees: six cities across the United States and Canada that will receive nearly $900,000 dollars for sustainability efforts. These local sustainability efforts focus largely on empowering and engaging low-income neighborhoods — communities that are disproportionately affected by climate change and extreme weather. They will take place in cities both large and small, from a project in Indianapolis, Ind., that will recruit neighborhood “resilience ambassadors” to a solar-power … Continued

LISC Indianapolis Celebrates Small Business Week by Honoring 475th Small Business Façade Grant 

Funds still available for 2018 grants, 500th façade will likely be awarded this year  On Monday, April 30, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Indianapolis celebrated National Small Business Week by hosting a gathering on the site of the newest Small Business Façade & Property Improvement Grant recipient to celebrate our 475th façade grant award and over $3.1 million awarded through this program. The event took place at True North Landscaping, 2817 Massachusetts Avenue. The Small Business Façade & Property Improvement Grant supports small businesses in Indianapolis with the goals of creating jobs, removing blight along key commercial corridors, and fostering a robust … Continued

Major health initiative targets 3 Indianapolis neighborhoods with high diabetes rates

Yesterday, Lilly Global Health announced a significant commitment to address the prevalence of diabetes in the City of Indianapolis by diminishing cultural, social, environmental, economic, and policy barriers to care. The program will focus on three Indianapolis neighborhoods with significant health disparities and high rates of diabetes: the Coalition of Northeast Neighborhoods, Northwest Neighborhood and Near Westside Neighborhood.   This is a five-year partnership between Eli Lilly and Company, IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI, Eskenazi Health, Marion County Public Health Department and Indianapolis LISC.   LISC Indianapolis is a proud partner of this initiative, as … Continued

2017 LISC Indianapolis Annual Report

In 2017, LISC invested more than $22 million into Indianapolis neighborhoods in grants, loans, and equity. This supported 30 different non-profits, assisted 68 businesses, built 106 homes, and improved 643,343 square feet of commercial space. Please click here to read the 2017 LISC Indianapolis Annual Report, or click the image to the right. LISC National zeroed in on the year’s essential investments that propelled remarkable progress in connecting Americans with opportunity. Read on to learn how LISC has fostered the wellbeing of our neighbors and nurtured growth and cohesion in communities across the country. Click here to read the LISC National 2017 … Continued

Facade Program Applications Due April 13

In November 2016, Brent’s Elite Cleaners, located at 25th and Wheeler, caught fire. IFD was able to contain the blaze; however, the business sustained significant fire and smoke damage. In 2017, the business applied for and received a Small Business Facade and Property Improvement Grant from LISC and partners that allowed them to make major improvements after the fire including fixing the exterior brick, windows, door, awning and signage, and interior improvements including floor resurfacing, new front lobby counters and a new bathroom. Elite Cleaners opened their doors again in early 2018. The Small Business and Property Improvement Grant is a rebate … Continued

We Need Your Help: Preserve Section 4 Program

In many neighborhoods and communities in our state, Section 4 funds are able to leverage private sector dollars to create jobs, to build housing, to support small businesses, and to strengthen communities. 1,094 state and local community development and housing organizations throughout the country expressed their support for Section 4 through the national sign on letter. Now it’s time for Congress to hear from CDCs in their state. Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) is circulating a Dear Colleague letter for Section 4 and we hope that you contact your Senators to encourage them to sign on. The House Dear Colleague was a … Continued

Love Thy Neighborhood Awards – April 26, 2018

The 2nd Annual Love Thy Neighborhood Awards will take place on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at the Indiana War Memorial. The event will start at 5 p.m. with a cocktail reception featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks provided by local entrepreneurs who have been impacted by LISC’s small business support. This will be followed by an awards ceremony recognizing community game changers in the Indy region. Click here to see the 2018 finalists! During the event, one project from each category below will be awarded $2,500! Plus, after watching a short video on each finalist, event attendees will vote on their favorite for the $5,000 People’s Choice Award. Tickets for … Continued

Riverside High School Secures Funding

LISC closed a $1 Million loan to Riverside High School, a second campus of Herron High School, in December that will be used to bridge the equity investments generated by the use of the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credits. The school opened in August at Marian University with a priority of serving teens from the Northwest Area and King Commons Great Place. It will be moving into the historic Naval Armory this summer.

Meet Indy’s Newest Community Builders:

Meet Indy’s Newest Community Builders: Michelle Strahl Salinas As a lifelong South Indy resident, Michelle is proud to advocate for her community as Director of the South Indy Quality of Life Plan and Manager of the Garfield Park Farmer’s Market. She has lived in Garfield Park since 2006 with her husband and 4 children. Building a sense of community through neighborhood and youth serving nonprofit organizations is her passion. She has had a diverse background which includes degrees and work in Environmental Design of Urban Planning, Nonprofit Management and Elementary Education Casey Seaton Casey Seaton is Midtown Indy’s (Maple Crossing … Continued

LISC appreciates the generous support of State Farm

LISC appreciates the generous support of State Farm, who announced a $4 Million grant last month to expand our long-time partnership with new funding to boost economic opportunities in 11 cities, including Indianapolis.

Free Workshop Advancing Economic Development and Workforce Readiness

The IU Public Policy Institute and the National Academies of Sciences Engineering and Medicine are hosting a free workshop at IUPUI on April 25 entitled Advancing Economic Development and Workforce Readiness in Micropolitan Areas. View the agenda and register here. 

Reconnecting to Our Waterways is Hiring!

Reconnecting to Our Waterways (ROW) is looking for passionate individuals who can facilitate collaboration among ROW stakeholders while working to achieve the collective’s strategic goals. The two full-time (independent contractor) positions are: Collective Impact Director, and Waterways & Communications Coordinator.   They will accept applications for both positions through April 15.

We Need Your Help: Preserve Section 4 Program

In many neighborhoods and communities in our state, Section 4 funds are able to leverage private sector dollars to create jobs, to build housing, to support small businesses, and to strengthen communities. 1,094 state and local community development and housing organizations throughout the country expressed their support for Section 4 through the national sign on letter. Now it’s time for Congress to hear from CDCs in their state. Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) is circulating a Dear Colleague letter for Section 4 and we hope that you contact your Senators to encourage them to sign on. The House Dear Colleague was a … Continued