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Local Initiatives Support Corporation

New York, New York

Local Initiatives Support Corporation was awarded $21,105,250 between 1991 and 2017, including 22 grants in Chicago Commitment and Community & Economic Development.


2017 • 1 year 2 months • Chicago Commitment

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) equips struggling communities with the capital, strategy, and knowledge to become places where people can thrive. It works with local leaders to invest simultaneously in housing, health, education, public safety and employment. LISC established a fellowship program in the name of its former longtime president, Michael Rubinger, to support mid-career community leaders in developing their skills through trainings, networking, sabbaticals, or funding for innovative projects. With this award, LISC convenes the inaugural class of Community Fellows for a two day meeting to interact with one another and LISC leadership, discuss their project plans, and seek feedback and guidance.


2015 • 2 years

The Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities (the Funders' Network) is a 17 -year-old philanthropic affinity group that works to strengthen foundation leadership at the intersection of regional and community economic development, urban planning, and environmental sustainability. The grant will renew the Foundation's membership in the Funders' Network for three years, and will provide general operating support for the organization's activities: staffing funder working groups on issues that are relevant to Foundation strategy (e.g., climate change); publishing a regular online newsletter; producing topical working papers; running a leadership development fellowship; and mounting an annual conference that brings practitioners, policymakers, and funders together.


2013 • 1 year • Community & Economic Development

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation is a community development intermediary that works to improve the quality of life in Chicago’s low-income neighborhoods. This grant provides support through LISC for coordinated efforts to reduce violence in Little Village, a primarily- Latino neighborhood on the city’s Southside. Funding supports planning and program coordination of a range of youth service and anti-violence programs designed to reach all neighborhood youth who have high risk for violence involvement; assessment and coordination of current programs; and partial funding for a family and school-focused anti-violence program.


2011 • 2 years • Community & Economic Development

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is the nation’s largest and most influential community development intermediary; it has invested some $11 billion in grants, loans, and equity in over 30 cities and rural regions and leveraged over $34 billion for affordable housing, retail development, community facilities, and neighborhood improvement programs. LISC will use this grant to develop more sophisticated tools, processes, and systems for data analysis and performance management in LISC’s Building Sustainable Communities Program and LISC/Chicago’s New Communities Program.


2007 • 4 years • Community & Economic Development

In support of the Sustainable Communities Program, which uses Chicago's New Communities Program as a model for comprehensive community revitalization efforts in ten U.S. cities (over four years).


2006 • 3 years • Community & Economic Development

In support of the acquisition and development of MetroEdge, a market research initiative to help stimulate retail and commercial development in underinvested urban neighborhoods (over three years).


2002 • 1 year 11 months

In support of general operations (over two years).


2002 • 5 years • Community & Economic Development

To support a partnership to concentrate resources and promote best practices in comprehensive community development in 10 Chicago neighborhoods (over five years).


2001 • 1 year

In support of general operations.


2001 • 1 year

To support the Creative Partnerships for Renewed Hope in Our Communities conference.


1999 • 2 years

To support capacity building for the Limestone Creek Community Development Corporation (over two years).


1999 • 1 year

To expand the Community Security Initiative in three Chicago neighborhoods.


1998 • 1 year

To support development of a research, policy, and advocacy organization that promotes the needs of cities.


1998 • 3 months

To support citizen participation in a national community policing conference.


1997 • 3 years

In support of general operations (over three years).


1996 • 1 year

In support of general operations.


1996 • 2 years

To support low-income housing and organizing activities for the six CDCs that had been part of the Neighborhood Development Initiative.


1994 • 2 years

To support the Palm Beach County operation and the Neighborhood Development Initiative (over two years).


1993 • 1 year

To support the transition phase of the Palm Beach County Development Team.


1992 • 1 year

To support full capitalization of the Palm Beach County Local Initiatives Support Corporation Development Fund, to support pre-development loans and grants to Palm Beach County community development corporations.


1991 • 1 year

To support the development team and costs in Palm Beach County, Florida (over two years).


1991 • 1 year

To support the National Community Development Initiative, a collaborative effort among eight foundations to increase the resources available for community development and to foster more effective developmental partnerships in 20 cities.
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