HealthAndEnvironmentA truly sustainable community contributes to the physical well-being of the people who live there. That’s why LISC is committed to improving the overall health of our neighborhoods. Over the last decade alone, LISC has directly funded over $18 million in health-related initiatives.

We support quality playing fields and recreational facilities, public safety projects, local health clinics, transportation, and environmentally sound building and design.

LISC is proud to be part of the change toward a more sustainable future and an improved quality of life in the communities we serve. By promoting density, walkability, technical assistance, and financial support for core Indianapolis communities, LISC is assuring that community development in Indianapolis neighborhoods is sustainable.

Through our FOCUS program, we’ve  mapped brownfields in several neighborhoods and helped with incentives and remediation plans that have turned once-contaminated areas into thriving business sites. We also convened the Indy Food Fund, which has evolved into a new organization—the Indy Food Council—working to ensure that all residents in our core neighborhoods have access to fresh, healthy food. In addition, we are  pleased to support the NFL Grassroots Program, a partnership with the National Football League that provides nonprofit, community-based organizations with financial and technical assistance to improve the quality, safety, and accessibility of local football fields.

LISC is now embarking on a new strategic community health approach – the LISC Neighborhood Health Partnership – with the following goals:

  • Increase physical activity through the creation of playgrounds, athletic fields, safe and walkable streets and biking trails, and more
  • Improve access to affordable health care through investment in community health centers and health education and outreach
  • Encourage healthy eating through access to health school means, farmer’s markets, urban agriculture, community gardens, and nutrition education and outreach

LISC will pilot this new Partnership in the Mid-North area, working with Mid-North neighbors to assess the current state of health in the neighborhood, identify and engage health stakeholders from within and outside of the neighborhood, create additional health action steps by the community that can be later adopted into the Mid-North Quality-of-Life Plan, and provide small grant funds to seed projects that are identified through the Partnership.

Organizations interested in supporting health developments in neighborhoods can check out LISC’s financing tools.


To find out more about LISC’s environmental initiatives, please contact:

Tedd Grain
Program Officer

To find out more about LISC’s health initiatives, contact

Sara Van Slambrook
Senior Program Officer

For additional information and more resources, check out our Program Partners under Health and Environment.