Grantee Profile

Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Grants to Local Initiatives Support Corporation

  • $153,522Active Strategy

    2013 (Inactive Grant)

    None

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Susana Vasquez, executive director of the Chicago office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, is one of three co-chairs of the 20-member steering committee for the City of Chicago's 2014-2018 Five Year Housing Plan. With support from LISC, which is acting as the fiscal agent for the plan development process, the City of Chicago will convene housing experts and practitioners to develop the new five-year plan, addressing housing issues in four types of markets: growing; stable; transitional; and weak. Sessions will focus on: Chicago's Housing Market: the Big Picture; Housing Development; Community Development and Housing; and Preservation of Existing Housing.

  • $495,000Active Strategy

    2012 (Inactive Grant)

    Community & Economic Development

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is a national community development support intermediary that works to revitalize low-income neighborhoods. This grant provides start-up support for Chicago TREND (Transforming Retail Economics for Neighborhood Development), a new retail development initiative designed to improve the vitality of neighborhood business districts and corridors in New Communities Program and adjacent areas, and provides support for the pre-development of pilot commercial real estate projects.

  • $600,000Active Strategy

    2012 (Duration 2 years)

    Community & Economic Development

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — For 10 years, LISC/Chicago has managed the New Communities Program, which provides a strong platform for community development in Chicago by planning, implementing, and connecting a comprehensive array of activities to increase affordable housing, reduce violence, and improve financial conditions in neighborhoods. This grant provides transition support for two program initiatives: the Near North Unity Program, an effort to support community building and reduce violence around the former Cabrini-Green public housing development site; and the Smart Communities Program, a five-neighborhood demonstration that aims to increase the availability and use of information technologies by residents and businesses.

  • $8,000,000Active Strategy

    2012 (Duration 3 years)

    Community & Economic Development

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)/Chicago is a leading community development intermediary that since 2003 has led the New Communities Program, the Foundation-supported initiative to revitalize 16 low-income Chicago neighborhoods. This grant supports the next phase of the initiative, a test of the comprehensive model developed and implemented in phase one that seeks to achieve measurable changes in key indicators of quality of life and community vitality: employment, economic development, violence reduction, and housing development. Funding also will be used to develop better tools for data acquisition and analysis to inform program choices, and performance management systems to improve project execution.

  • $100,000Active Strategy

    2011 (Inactive Grant)

    Community & Economic Development

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Chicago office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a national community development intermediary that manages the Foundation-supported New Communities Program, which is an effort to revitalize 16 Chicago neighborhoods, and Metropolis Strategies, a civic organization that works to improve regional planning on a wide range of issues, including criminal justice reform, transportation, and economic development, will undertake a joint effort to investigate possible strategies to promote business corridor revival and business expansion that also serve to link neighborhoods to new employment opportunities.

  • $225,000Active Strategy

    2011 (Inactive Grant)

    Community & Economic Development

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of summer youth programs to reduce violence in Chicago.

  • $255,000Active Strategy

    2011 (Inactive Grant)

    Community & Economic Development

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To enhance technology capacity in five New Communities Program neighborhoods in Chicago.

  • $200,000Active Strategy

    2010 (Inactive Grant)

    Community & Economic Development

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support business and industrial area planning for neighborhoods in the New Communities Program.

  • $455,000Active Strategy

    2010 (Inactive Grant)

    Community & Economic Development

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support violence reduction efforts in a Chicago neighborhood.

  • $225,000Active Strategy

    2010 (Inactive Grant)

    Digital Media & Learning

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To work with the Chicago Public Library to implement YouMedia in schools and to participate in a Chicago Learning Network.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Local Initiatives Support Corporation $10,708,522 between 2003 and 2014.

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