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One of LISC’s goals is to build the capacity of local community development organizations.
In Duluth, this involves providing technical assistance and leveraging funding to support local partners working on affordable housing development and preservation throughout Greater Duluth, increasing people's income and assets, access to education and healthy lifestyles, and economic development and entrepreneurship.
LISC leverages its network of experts to offer national models and resources to help local nonprofits launch initiatives and grow organizationally. Our assistance includes leveraging funding opportunities, providing support to navigate complex housing regulations, and helping develop comprehensive strategies. LISC awards capacity building grants to support general operating expenses, strategic planning, board and staff training, and internships.
Duluth LISC provides the following examples of technical assistance and capacity building support:
AICHO, Amercian Indian Community Housing Organization has received LISC pre-development and operating support to help them develop a mixed-use development. This is adding to the Lincoln Park Craft Business District’s growing mix of craft manufacturing businesses.