LISC National

We believe in rural America.

What is Rural LISC?

In 1995, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a community development support organization working in metropolitan areas across the country, launched Rural LISC, a national program created to expand LISC's reach beyond urban areas to include rural communities. Today, Rural LISC partners with 87 rural community-based organizations, including five financial intermediaries, helping them identify challenges and opportunities, and delivering the most appropriate support to meet local needs. Together we are working to transform communities in more than 2,000 counties across 44 states.

Recognizing that rural communities' needs are not focused on agriculture alone, Rural LISC provides a wide range of services, including training, technical assistance, information and financial support, to help rural community developers address the problems rural communities face.  We use our Comprehensive Community Development Strategy to support our Partners in expanding investment in housing and real estate, increasing family income and wealth, stimulating economic development, improving access to quality education, and growing healthy environments and lifestyles.

Our News & Stories

1.21.2019 -

Fayette County agency looking for area homeless as part of annual count

Fayette County Community Action Agency, Inc. (FCCAA) employees volunteers will seek out the homeless in the area this month as part of an annual Point-In-Time count. On Wednesday, FCCAA employees as well as the county’s Housing and Homeless Partnership volunteers will be dispatched through the county to lend some assistance to those living on the street or in a makeshift sanctuary.

1.21.2019 -

Affordable housing project for Great Barrington brownfield gets $932,000 grant

A long-awaited affordable and low-income housing project slated for a toxic field in the heart of downtown just got another financial boost. The Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston has given a local development nonprofit $932,000 for its Bentley Apartments project on 2.2 acres of the 8-acre 100 Bridge St. site.