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

3.20.2019 -

Senators push FCC to improve broadband data maps

A bipartisan group of senators hope a bill directing the Federal Communications Commission to improve broadband coverage and mobile data maps will bridge the digital divide across America and correct “vastly inaccurate” mapping of the issue. The Improving Broadband Mapping Act, introduced last week, directs FCC to complete a rule considering consumer-reported data along with local and state data from government entities. The bill also directs FCC to consider ways to better challenge fixed and mobile data collection.

3.19.2019 -

Ashley Hanson, new Bush Fellow from Granite Falls, uses art to build rural communities

Ashley Hanson determined 12 years ago that what she called her true north was to use the arts to build rural communities. Hanson, of Granite Falls, is now among 24 people from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Native communities in those states to be selected Tuesday as a 2019 Bush Fellow by the Bush Foundation.

3.18.2019 -

Elizabeth Warren in Mississippi: What she said during stops in Delta before town hall

The 2020 presidential race came to Mississippi on Monday as U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren pushed an ambitious affordable housing plan in two Delta campaign stops. “In a democracy, we need a government that doesn’t just work for those who are already rich," the Massachusetts Democrat said in Greenville, ahead of a Jackson town hall Monday evening. "We need a government that says, ‘You’re rich? Good for you, but pitch just a little bit back in the kitty, so everybody else gets a chance.'"