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State Farm Neighborhood Assist- Be the Catalyst for Positive Change in your Community

Have you ever wanted to help your community with a problem but didn’t know where to start? Maybe it’s a run-down park or to help the impoverished in your community. Now, YOU have the power to fix it. State Farm Neighborhood Assist wants to help identify and address key issues faced by consumers throughout the United States. State Farm Neighborhood Assist, a crowd-sourced philanthropic initiative, lets communities determine where grant funding is awarded. The application is short and simple, and can be found by visiting www.neighborhoodassist.com. You, or someone you know, could be the catalyst for positive change to your … Continued

Great Places 2020: Request for Letters of Interest

LISC Indianapolis is asking Indianapolis neighborhood partners to submit a letter of interest for consideration by Sept. 30. The program is designed with a focus on effective placemaking and a vision for neighborhoods. Criteria for place selection is outlined on the Great Places 2020 website and includes the presence of a Quality of Life Plan, existing market activity, willing anchor institutions, nearby waterways or greenspaces, walkability and more. Once selected, each new Great Place will receive several months of planning assistance to create a detailed redevelopment plan for their target area. Please click here to download the Request for Letters … Continued

Support of Marion County Transit Plan

The Local Advisory Board of LISC Indianapolis has resolved to support the referendum on the Marion County Transit Plan. The benefit of transit-oriented development is transformative for Indianapolis neighborhoods, particularly the Great Places 2020 communities. Also, stay tuned for details on the Sept. 22 Development on Tap entitled “Is Transit a gamechanger for Indianapolis neighborhoods?”. Details forthcoming.

WTHR Features Great Places 2020 initiative

Thank you to WTHR-TV and Nicole Misencik for your spectacular coverage of the Great Places 2020 initiative. Thank you to Pia Urban Cafe & Market for hosting this conversation about making Indy’s neighborhoods great. Learn more about the campaign at www.greatplaces2020.org. Enjoy this short video about the great things happening in the Great Places!

2015 LISC Indianapolis Annual Report

2015 a momentous year for LISC In 2015 LISC Indianapolis invested more than $15 million into Indianapolis neighborhoods in grants, loans, and equity. This supported 30 different non-profits, assisted 2,905 families and 102 businesses, built 91 homes, and improved 437,000 square feet of commercial space. We also support programs that enabled 528 family members to obtain jobs, over 500 families to increase their income, and the creation of 83 new neighborhood jobs. Please click here to read the 2015 LISC Indianapolis Annual Report.

Chasing the Dream: A Center for Working Families Success Story

Michael is a married father of three sons ages seventeen (17), seven (7) and two (2) years old. He is a lifelong resident of the southeast side of Indianapolis. Michael is extremely motivated and wants to ensure a quality life for his family. In August 2015, having worked temporary jobs for some time, Michael decided it was time for a change. He had become increasingly concerned about his family's financial wellbeing. His wife Sylvia had been taking online college courses in Accounting, but that had put the family in serious financial debt since she was attending a proprietary college. Now, … Continued

STIR Workshop: Retail 101 on Thursday, August 11th at 5:30pm

Don’t miss Riley Area Development Corporation’s next STIR Workshop: Retail 101 on Thursday, August 11th at 5:30pm! Interested in owning a retail business?  Then this is the workshop for you!  Join Riley Area Development Corporation for the Retail 101 STIR Workshop #6 on Thursday, August 11th at 5:30pm.  Heather Hogan Pirowski, owner of Retro101, a mobile + pop up boutique, will be the guest speaker! Heather will share her start up story, offer advice and strategies to owning a successful retail business, provide different ideas for how a retail business can work and answer any questions you might have. She has a great deal of … Continued

Donate today to help the Indy Steelers!

We have partnered with Patronicity to crowdfund for the Indy Steelers AYF. Your support will also help provide practice equipment such as tackling dummies, speed sled, resistance bands as well as some operational costs to continue to the program, enter tournaments and travel. Indianapolis LISC will match dollar for dollar up to $10,000! We have already raised $8,865 – just $1,135 shy of our goal! Click here to learn more and donate: https://www.patronicity.com/project/indy_steelers_football  

June 9: Become a Brewing Entrepreneur

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about becoming a Brewing Entrepreneur! Join Riley Area Development Corporation (RADC)‘s STIR Workshop on June 9 at Centerpoint Brewing. Join owners Jon Robinson of Centerpoint Brewing and Tia Agnew of  New Day Craft for a workshop geared towards becoming a brewing entrepreneur.  You will hear first hand accounts from our experts on what it takes to open a brewing business plus  tools to utilize as you get started, how to brand your product and much much more. This educational discussion will be held at Centerpoint Brewing and will be 21+.  We’ll be carding at the door.  As always, … Continued

Donate to help improve Englewood Nature Playscape

Great Places 2020 has joined forces with Patronicity to create a crowdfunding project in Englewood Village. A Retreat From The Concrete Jungle The Englewood Nature Playspace and Gardens is a beloved neighborhood asset, created over the last 15 years by and for neighbors, and in particular early childhood learners. It is a respite from the concrete and asphalt that dominates our neighborhood, and the only public greenspace in walking distance. Currently the space contains: Dozens of trees, including fruit trees Hundreds of native grasses and flowers Twelve raised garden beds A large sandbox Picnic Shelter with patio Climbing areas with … Continued

Indy LISC staff lends a hand

Thanks to Groundwork Indy for organizing a great project last Friday, including a trash pickup along historic Burdsal Boulevard and renewing a community garden at Riverside Community Center.

Donate to help build the River West Multi-Generational Art Park

Great Places 2020 has joined forces with Patronicity to create a crowdfunding project in River West. The River West Multi-Generational Art Park, located at 518 N. Pershing Avenue is envisioned to be a place where youth and the young at heart gather to observe and appreciate public art and engage in interactive activities that stimulate their minds. The space will feature a vibrant wall art on the adjacent building, native plantings, attractive lighting fixtures and furnishings that inspire conversations and social interaction. The Project The mural will be designed with input and inspiration from neighbors of all ages.  It will … Continued

Development on Tap: May 26, 2016

You’re invited to Development on Tap: The Indianapolis toolbox for vacant and abandoned property The month’s Development on Tap features the Center for Community Progress (CCP) who will present their observations and findings on the systemic approaches and barriers to address vacant and abandoned parcels in Indianapolis as well as public and private sector capacity to combat this problem. Earlier this year, Renew Indianapolis, in partnership with the City of Indianapolis and LISC Indianapolis, engaged the Center for Community Progress to evaluate the systems that impact vacancy and abandonment. These systems include: Data Delinquent tax enforcement Housing and building code … Continued

Great Places 2020 Plans Unveiled

Thank you to all who attended last night’s Great Places 2020 Neighborhood Plan Unveiling! With more than 550 residents, business owners and community partners in attendance, the event truly was a success.  Also, a big thank you to the host of the evening’s event – James Whitcomb Riley School #43. Each Great Place unveiled their area’s Strategic Plan, please see below for links to these visions. $84 million committed to Great Places 2020 Great Places 2020 has structured initial funding sources and strategic programming so that private investment follows. To date, more than $84 million has been committed to the three Great Places … Continued