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

2.23.2018 -

Communities look to revitalize once-thriving business districts

GURSKY: Last year, we did Tamaqua Has Heart, which was a public art installation with 13 artists. ... It’s a good way to get people to engage and talk about things and look at them differently. Minutes and agendas and treasurer’s reports don’t do that, but when you start doing art, it does that.

2.18.2018 -

‘Illustrative of Marquette’

Operation Action U.P.’s board of directors presented the Upper Peninsula Economic Development Association Nonprofit Award to Northern Initiatives President Dennis West at the Operation Action U.P. 54th annual meeting.