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Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Chicago, Illinois

Local Initiatives Support Corporation was awarded $78,321,622 between 1981 and 2018, including 52 grants in Community & Economic Development, What We're Exploring: Cities, Information, and Governance, Policy Research, Housing, Digital Media & Learning, Impact Investments, Chicago Commitment, and Population & Reproductive Health.


2018 • 4 months • Chicago Commitment

The Chicago office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC/Chicago) is a community development intermediary that works to improve the quality of life in the city’s low-income neighborhoods.  LISC is collaborating with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) and World Business Chicago (WBC) as initial local partners to plan for the city’s joining the Inclusive Economic Growth Accelerator. The Accelerator is a grouping of what will grow to 10 cities in North America and Europe seeking to engage a broader cross section of local communities as participants in and beneficiaries of economic growth in each metropolitan region. The Accelerators network is led by the Royal Society for Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (RSA), a London-based group that facilitated the building of a first Accelerator in London. Grant funds underwrite the first stage of building the Accelerator in Chicago, including engagement of RSA as facilitator of the work in Chicago, and during this stage, additional community and civic partners are being recruited, a binding shared mission agreed to, common impact indicators identified, and priority growth strategies and initial plans for implementation developed.


2018 • 5 years • Chicago Commitment

Founded in Chicago in 1980, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC Chicago) builds local capacity to create and access economic opportunity in neighborhoods. Its work is focused on comprehensive community development, economic growth, and investments. In 1995, LISC Chicago created the Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards to recognize outstanding achievement in neighborhood development and community building. This award supports the establishment of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Creative Placemaking Award, which recognizes projects that strengthen and revitalize communities through the use of arts and culture. This award also supports the development of a plan for Chicago’s housing priorities over the next five years, which will be produced with the City of Chicago, community developers, nonprofit organizations, and affordable housing advocates.


2018 • 2 years • Chicago Commitment

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is a national community development support intermediary that works to revitalize low-income neighborhoods. The Chicago office of LISC, established in 1982, has been a leading supporter of community revitalization initiatives in the region. The organization served as the managing intermediary for the Foundation’s New Communities Program, a revitalization initiative in 16 Chicago neighborhoods that ended in 2012. In this capacity, LISC provided planning and technical assistance to a wide range of collaborating organizations in each neighborhood, thereby supporting their efforts to significantly expand the range of revitalization efforts underway across these communities. Recognizing continuing demand for such planning and technical assistance, grant funding enables LISC to flexibly respond to requests for support from local organizations and collaborations.


2014 • 3 years • Community & Economic Development

The Chicago office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is a leading community development intermediary serving Chicago neighborhoods. Support for LISC enables the organization to build strong networks of organizations working in neighborhoods across the city. This operating support grant will enable LISC to continue to strengthen the capacities of neighborhood organizations. By funding LISC, the Foundation and other public and private funders are able to build upon this stronger organizational infrastructure to address a range of opportunities and challenges that affect quality of life in Chicago neighborhoods.


2013 • 1 year

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.


2012 • 1 year, 6 months • Community & Economic Development

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.


2012 • 2 years • Community & Economic Development

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.


2012 • 3 years • Community & Economic Development

In support of the Micro-Market Recovery Program (over three years). To pay for staffing costs and data/consulting contracts related to a program targeting neighborhood stabilization in nine Chicago communities that have been affected by high rates of foreclosure.


2012 • 3 years • Community & Economic Development

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.


2011 • 1 year • Community & Economic Development

To enhance technology capacity in five New Communities Program neighborhoods in Chicago.

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