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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.

Update on 2017 CDBG funded façade grant dollars

To date, there is currently $35,000 available in CDBG funded façade grant money still available in the 2017 pool. CDBG funded façade grant projects must be in the City’s NRSA area. There is a possibility that the entire balance could go to a single project or to two separate projects. While a variety of projects may be eligible, projects that already have CDBG funds as a funding source may be good candidates. The application is attached. Funded projects must be completed by May of 2018. There are currently no private funds left for 2017.   Please be on the lookout … Continued

The Many Sides of Fountain Square

When LISC invested to renovate three anchor entertainment venues in the Fountain Square neighborhood of Indianapolis, a renaissance was set in motion. The area has made a dramatic turnaround from market failure to stability to destination zone, inviting new businesses, housing stock, and people, too. Click here to read read the full report.     

Nov. 17 Development on Tap to Focus on Neighborhood-Based Workforce Development

WHAT IS NEIGHBORHOOD-BASED WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT? CONNECTING NEIGHBORHOOD RESIDENTS TO THE LOCAL ECONOMY Join EmployIndy and LISC Indianapolis as we discuss a 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 and LISC Indianapolis seek to bridge this skills gap to connect work-ready individuals to in-demand positions for employers. On Nov. 17, hear Angie Carr-Klitzsch, CEO of EmployIndy, and Tedd Grain, Deputy Director of LISC Indianapolis, discuss … Continued

LISC Indianapolis tracks recent progress in Education initiatives

LISC Indianapolis’s 2015 – 2018 Strategic Plan focuses on the following outcomes: Livability: Creating healthy, active and beautiful places Opportunity: Fostering entrepreneurship and employment Vitality: Reviving a growing and diverse population Education: Offering excellent lifelong learning opportunities. Here is a look at recent progress toward the Education goal of supporting the development of Quality of Life neighborhoods with improved educational opportunities. Maple Crossing Great Place: IPS School 43 in Maple Crossing Great Place shows significant improvement, with a new curriculum and new leadership in Principal Bakari Posey, with significant engagement with other community resources like the MLK Center. The Maple … Continued


LISC ANNOUNCES PARTICIPATION IN ANCHOR REVITALIZATION PROGRAM ANCHOR INSTITUTIONS ALREADY EXPERIENCING POSITIVE PROGRESS Yesterday, the Indy Chamber publicly announced the Anchor Revitalization Program, a sweeping strategy aimed at redevelopment, local hiring and business opportunities around Marion County’s major institutional employers in partnership with LISC, INHP, Ascend Indiana and Employ Indy.  The announcement comes after a half-day session with partners and participating anchor institutions to plan the next phases of the program, as momentum builds behind a push to encourage anchor employees to live closer to work, spurring neighborhood revitalization across the urban core. The session included a presentation by anchor … Continued

State Farm provides essential funding for facade program

The Small Business Façade and Property Improvement Program is one tool within FOCUS: Works, a collective impact partnership between implementing partners LISC Indianapolis, the Indy Chamber, the Indianapolis Coalition for Neighborhood Development, and the City of Indianapolis – Government with key support from INHP, State Farm, PNC Bank and others. The program uses a comprehensive approach to community revitalization — helping residents transform distressed areas into places of choice and opportunity. The rebate program allows business and property owners to receive reimbursement for up to 50 percent of the cost of the façade or property improvement project in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $25,000 for completed work. … Continued

New life at the old Central State Hospital site

New life at the old Central State Hospital site Indy Star Columnist Matthew Tully looks at the increasing state of redevelopment at the site of the old Central State Hospital on the Near Westside. “For years, a drive along West Washington took you past the empty and decaying grounds of the former hospital, a symbol of the area’s hard times. There is a still a long way to go. But these days, that same drive offers something else: Signs of hope.”    Read the full story here.

Great Families 2020 Final Grants Awarded

Great Families 2020 Final Grants Awarded Last month, United Way of Central Indiana awarded $2,775,000 in grants to four local organizations as part of Great Families 2020, the initiative designed to transform the lives of Indianapolis’ most vulnerable families in neighborhoods with the most need. Great Families 2020 is modeled from the promising practice of the “Two Generation” approach, where neighborhood networks in education, financial stability and health services are integrated to serve the whole family. The winners for this round of Great Families 2020 submitted innovative proposals that aim to improve family outcomes in kindergarten readiness, mental health, employment and financial literacy grants: Community Alliance of the Far Eastside … Continued

How a single mom went from homeless to homeowner

Laura Warrick was a single mom with nowhere to live and lots of debt. But with the help of a financial adviser, she found a job, a place to live and a path to financial stability. $50 or $100 at a time, she diligently paid down her debts and improved her credit score. The support she received through CWF built up her own determination. After years of hard work, she saw her efforts pay off this summer, when she was able to buy her own home in Indianapolis. Read more here:

Join the Englewood Project

Join the Englewood Project The Englewood Project is the culmination of a global artwork including participants from 5 continents in 12 different languages. Lexington-based artists Kurt and Kremena have designed 129 cross-stitch kits and 129 tattoo designs unique to the Indianapolis project. We are looking for 129 participants to cross-stitch an exclusive graphic element highlighting the local community. The finished cross-stitches will become part of a gallery exhibition before returning to their creators. Each pair of participants (one receiving a tattoo and one creating a cross-stitch of the same phrase) will be invited to meet at a community celebration and can … Continued

State Farm Community Assist Grants

Have you ever wanted to help your community with a problem but didn’t know where to start? State Farm Neighborhood Assist, a crowd-sourced philanthropic initiative, lets communities determine where grant funding is awarded. The submission phase is open now through June 21. The top 40 causes with the most votes will each receive a $25,000 grant from State Farm! Learn more:  

Meet Rodric K. Reid: President, Alliance for Northeast Unification

Earlier this spring, Rodric K. Reid was hired as the President for the Alliance for Northeast Unification (ANU). We wanted to give you the chance to get to know him better and learn about the wonderful opportunities in the Northeast Corridor: What is the project in your neighborhood you are most excited about? There are many great things happening in our community to be excited about.  We are nearing capacity for our retail center which will host, in addition to the already opened Goodwill, Save a Lot and Dr. Tavel Eye Clinic- a barbershop, dental office and a pizza restaurant.   Our … Continued