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Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Chicago, Illinois

Local Initiatives Support Corporation was awarded $77,471,622 between 1981 and 2014, including 49 grants in Population & Reproductive Health, What We're Exploring: Cities, Information, and Governance, Policy Research, Housing, Digital Media & Learning, Impact Investments, Chicago Commitment, and Community & Economic Development.


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 • 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.


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 • 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.


2011 • 1 year • What We're Exploring: Cities, Information, and Governance

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


2011 • 1 year • What We're Exploring: Cities, Information, and Governance

In support of summer youth programs to reduce violence in Chicago.


2011 • 1 year • What We're Exploring: Cities, Information, and Governance

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.


2011 • 1 year • What We're Exploring: Cities, Information, and Governance

Building on the success of its Foundation-funded project with the Cook County Assessor’s office to investigate new methodologies to improve the process and timeliness of property tax assessments, LISC/Chicago will oversee the work to complete the development and implementation of new statistical techniques that could help diminish a structural problem that assessment models nationwide share. A successful effort in Cook County to increase the accuracy and equity of its property tax assessments could have national implications.

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