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

10.11.2018 -

MMCDC and WEII awarded $1.15 million

Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation (MMCDC) has received a $600,000 federal grant award to support community economic development in South Dakota. "Our award will support smaller organizations that foster affordable housing, small business sustainability and quality facilities for health care, education and more," MMCDC President Julia Nelmark said. The White Earth Investment Initiative (WEII), an MMCDC subsidiary, received $550,000.

10.10.2018 -

St. Luke's Miners Awarded $200,000 Grant to Fight Rural Opioid Crisis

St. Luke’s University Health Network’s Miners Campus has been awarded $200,000 by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to create a Rural Communities Opioid Response Plan. ... which will address gaps in prevention, treatment and training for opioid abuse in the Coaldale area, a federally designated medically underserved rural area, and in the surrounding region, which has been severely affected by the opioid crisis.

10.10.2018 -

Premera announces behavioral health investment in RurAL CAP

Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska, a leading health plan in the state, today announced a $450,000 grant to Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. (RurAL CAP) to fund behavioral health services for pre-K children and their families in Alaska’s low-income rural communities. This grant expands case management, supportive services and housing for children, delivering services using a trauma-informed care approach that focuses on how emotional forces impact behavior.