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2017 Small Business Facade and Property Improvement Grants

The 2017 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, call LISC’s direct line … Continued

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

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!

Indy Chamber’s 2016 Monumental Awards

ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT! Project submissions are being accepted for the Indy Chamber‘s 2016 Monumental Awards. Entries due no later than 5 PM on Friday, July 29. LISC is the nominating sponsor for the Neighborhood Revitalization and Innovative Reuse category!   Click here to learn about the entry guidelines, 2016 category requirements and judging criteria. 

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

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

Small Business Commercial Facade Rebate Program

The Small Business Facade 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, call LISC’s direct line for the Small Business … Continued

Indy Convergence makes Near West home

Indy Convergence, a non-profit Indianapolis arts organization dedicated to the growth of artists, has made its home at 2611 W. Michigan in the Near West neighborhood. Indy Convergence brings together a groups of professional artists from around the world to collaborate on cross-disciplinary projects, teach workshops and explore how to best interact with communities. Click here to learn more about this wonderful organization!

No Mean City launched in Near West

On Feb. 25, Indianapolis residents gathered at 1899 Indy in the Near West neighborhood to help launch No Mean City, a collaborative,  non-partisan effort to tell the real stories of life  in Indianapolis – a citizens’ guide to community, culture, schools, and housing  in Marion County. The project aims to entice people of all ages, from all over, to live in Indianapolis, building the tax base and ensuring the future economic health of the city. Learn more about No Mean City or follow the conversation on Twitter: @nomeancity

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

Arts Council Fellow to Focus Efforts in Great Places 2020 Near West Neighborhood

The Arts Council of Indianapolis recently announced the first two recipients of the $100,000 Transformational Impact Fellowships. One of the recipients, Bryan Fonseca, will focus his work In the Near West neighborhoods of Haughville, Hawthorn, Stringtown and We Care. Currently, the area is devoid of any resident artistic company, performance space or museum or gallery. For his two-year fellowship, Fonseca will form a bilingual team to create a Mobile Cultural Center for creating and presenting theatre, dance and visual arts programs in these communities. In doing so, Fonseca will use the arts as a way to affect social change through civic … Continued

City Celebrates Dedication of Central State Greens NFL Field

Central State Greens, a redevelopment project encompassing over 9 acres at the heart of the former Central State Hospital site, is made possible by a unique partnership between LISC Indianapolis, the City of Indianapolis, and Reverie Estates. Central State Hospital, created in 1827, once cared for nearly 3,000 patients on its 140 acre grounds. Funding cuts led to the hospital’s closure in 1994 and the site has been vacant and in deteriorating condition ever since. Its revitalization has been a centerpiece of the Near West neighborhood Quality of Life plan.   The development connects the Near West neighborhood and residents with students at IUPUI, an … Continued

Great Places 2020 Launches Successfully

On Friday, November 21, 2014 over 300 community leaders and neighbors gathered at Kinney Group Headquarters on the Near West side to officially launch the Great Places 2020 initiative. Great Places 2020 is a visionary community development project transforming strategic places in six Marion County neighborhoods into dynamic centers of culture, commerce and community, preparing Indianapolis for unprecedented success as we enter 2020. Each Great Place will be transformed through partnership, development and investment in: Livability, Opportunity, Vitality and Education. Key partners have emerged that will contribute to the success of Great Places 2020, including  Buckingham Foundation, the Indiana Housing … Continued

LISC, the Colts and the NFL Foundation Partner to Create New Public Football Field

Indianapolis Parks Foundation (IPF) is the recipient of a $200,000 grant through Indianapolis LISC, the Colts and the NFL Foundation Grassroots Program, a partnership between National LISC and the NFL Foundation. The grant is part of a total of $2.5 million slated by city officials to refurbish public fields this year. The City of Indianapolis and IPF designated $1.5 million in funding to build a public athletic field at Historic Central Greens. The former hospital site will feature over $52 million in current and planned development, including the new Christel House Academy Charter School, student housing, apartments, office space, a … Continued