Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Service Providers: Nonprofit Lender
schools supported
$ 208,730,731
in financings

  • National

  • one to three years 
  • more than three years of operating history or one charter renewal
  • charter management organizations
  • stand-alone schools
  • single-site schools

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) equips struggling communities with the capital, strategy, and know-how to become places where people can thrive. Working with local leaders, LISC invests in housing, health, education, public safety, and employment—all basic needs that must be tackled at once so that progress in one is not undermined by neglect in another. In addition to providing financing for charter school facilities, LISC provides financing technical assistance and leasehold improvement loans. Available products are detailed below:

 Terms (Years)
Acquisition loans5
Construction loans3
Mini-permanent loans7
Permanent loans15
Predevelopment loans3
Working capital3


Maximum financing for a single project$10,000,000
Maximum amortization (years)25

Key Statistics:

Financial Overview
U.S. Department of Education (ED) Credit Enhancement$41,500,000
New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocation total$860,000,000
Community Development Financial Institutions Bond Guarantee Program (CDFI BGP) allocation total$50,000,000


Portfolio Statistics
Total historic financing1$208,730,731
Number of schools/projects supported193
NMTC allocation employed for charter facilities$127,421,653
Number of schools supported with NMTC6
CDFI BGP allocation deployed for schools$32,019,000
Number of schools supported with CDFI BGP7
Remaining capacity in CDFI BGP allocation$17,981,000


Portfolio Performance
$ amount of financing repaid/refinanced2$97,451,024
NMTC matured/refinanced$10,914,272
Total number of transactions3180
Original $ amount of defaults4$3,449,149
Number of defaults2
Default rate (% of total $ amount of financing)1.65%
Default rate (% of total number of financings)1.11%
$ amount write-offs$1,715,037
Number of write-offs2
Write-off rate (% of total $ amount of financing)0.82%
Write-off rate (% of total number of financings)1.11%


1Financing defined as grants, recoverable grants, loans, and guarantees.

2Includes full repayments only; does not include partial amortizations or restructurings.

3Number includes only those financings with a repayment obligation; it excludes grants.

4A defaulted loan is defined as one in which the school can no longer make debt service payments and the lender must litigate or foreclose for repayment. This figure represents the loan amount at origination, not the amount outstanding at default.


Last updated: September 2017


Disclosure: Information on this page has been provided by the organization. Any questions related to figures or programs listed should be directed to the contact shown above. Keep in mind that each school’s situation will differ slightly and you’ll need to speak to the contact listed for information specific to your school.