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 86 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

5.21.2018 -

Tamaqua Mayor, Arts Center Looking to Make a Difference

Funding from Rural LISC's Cohesive Economic Development Arts and Culture Initiative is helping create conversations about Tamaqua’s future!

5.19.2018 -

PhotoVoice gives students a means to help resolve community problems

Ten students at Pike County Christian School in Curryville were the first to take part in a new program aimed at teaching children how to help solve problems in their communities by taking pictures and speaking up. The students participated in PhotoVoice, a program being introduced this year at a handful of schools in the 12-county region served by the North East Community Action Corporation.

From National LISC:
5.17.2018 -

LISC CEO to Congress: Here’s What Opportunity Zones Need To Succeed

Maurice A. Jones testified before the Joint Economic Committee of Congress this week, urging its members to implement Opportunity Zones in ways that will truly benefit Americans in underinvested communities. The policy can spur billions in private investment in the country’s most distressed census tracts and play a major role in closing the opportunity gap, he said. But we need federal tax incentives and other strategies to help the program succeed.

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