- Who We Are
- What We Do
Why LISC? As convener, investor, and thought-leader, Greater Kansas City LISC has produced meaningful outcomes and removed systemic barriers to building thriving communities. Check out the 2014-2016 Impact Report and see how LISC has made a difference for nearly 80,000 residents in Kansas City over the past three years. See the report HERE.
Greater Kansas City LISC partners with residents and stakeholders to coordinate and invest resources that grow community pride and revitalize neighborhoods into healthy, sustainable communities. We accomplish this by fostering partnerships, leveraging investments, creating systemic changes and transforming the environment.
The Neighborhoods Rising Fund (NRF) is a unique funding collaborative that provides grants up to $3,000 for high-impact community projects and neighborhood revitalization initiatives that help build stronger and more effective neighborhood organizations in low to moderate income areas throughout Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas. The 2018 NRF Application and Guidelines will be made available on Jan 1, 2018. Completed project proposals are due March 1, 2018 by 5:00 pm.
We are proud to share that the Urban Neighborhood Initiative is expanding their capacity to add a Real Estate Director position. This new expertise will enable the organization to be even stronger champions and partners in our shared revitalization strategies associated with the Kansas City Catalytic Urban Redevelopment (KC-CUR) initiative and their Wendell Phillips Purpose Built Community.
Official unemployment rates may be low, but they don’t reflect the number of people out of the workforce, underemployed or lacking the skills to get good jobs. “We need to disaggregate these numbers,” LISC CEO Maurice Jones said in a front page article in The Guardian newspaper. By 2025, the US will have 16 million ‘middle skill’ positions in need of workers, Jones explained, noting “[t]hat’s not going to happen organically.” Training and connections to opportunity are imperative to lift everyone’s boat.