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From the Executive Director

LISC Identifies Kansas City Momentum

To foster stronger coordination and more impactful leveraging of resources, LISC is very happy to now share our Momentum Map with the local community, to be used as a conversation starter and guide for forward progress.

Recent Updates:

No Violence Alliance (NoVA)

The Byrne/No Violence Alliance (NoVA) focused deterrence community impact model is a new way for our local police department to abate violent crime. This new approach is multi-faceted in the ways that the police will interact with the focus area. One of the ways that is unique to this approach is working with community stakeholders and with the focus neighborhood leaders and residents in a more communicative and collaborative role.

Healthy Communities Policy Landscape

LISC's Healthy Communities Stakeholder Network Map identifies gaps, intersections, and existing networks that can help facilitate partnerships among stakeholders. This dynamic tool can be used to achieve common goals, leverage complementary roles, foster ongoing constructive relationships between the health and community development sectors, and encourage broader partnerships.

NFL Grassroots Program 2014-15 RFP

LISC is excited to announce the 2014-15 NFL Foundation Grassroots Community Football Field Program Request for Proposals. Proposals are due March 30, 2015. An informational webinar for applicants will be held on Jan. 20 at pm EST.

3rd Annual Community Development Workshop

Please join us for the 3rd Annual Community Development Workshop on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center! This Workshop is open to both Kansas and Missouri neighborhoods & organizations, this will be the first year for a bi-state workshop. This promises to be a powerful event, rich in experience and in learning from one another.

Financial Opportunity Centers Strengthen the Financial Outlook of Kansas City Families

“In 30 days they corrected problems that I’ve struggled for 3 years to solve. In a true group effort, they came together and helped me change the things in my life that I was unable to change on my own.” Brian is among the 300+ clients that have sought coaching from the Kansas City FOC Network, and has improved his financial outlook with gainful employment, health insurance and debt refinance.

From National LISC:From National LISC:

New national initiative will fuel arts and cultural investments in low-income communities

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) has launched a national effort to drive millions of dollars into arts-related businesses and cultural activities that will help transform some of America’s most distressed neighborhoods into safe, vibrant places of economic opportunity. The Kresge Foundation is providing $3.5 million in seed funding for this new “creative placemaking” initiative, which will fund projects that range from live/work spaces for artists to arts and entertainment businesses in struggling commercial corridors.

Greater Kansas City LISC in 2015

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