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

1.16.2019 -

Franklin County CDC celebrates one year since opening cold storage facility

The Franklin County Community Development Corporation celebrates one year since opening its cold storage facility. The official one year anniversary was December 4th. Since opening both its freezer and cooler, the Franklin County CDC has seen it repeatedly filled with fresh and frozen local produce.

1.15.2019 -

Government shutdown is hurting rural people who can least stand it

People sometimes have a disconnect between what happens in Washington and life in an average household. The effects of the partial government shutdown are impossible to miss, however, as millions of families across the country feel it in very important ways: wage earning, food and housing. As a network of local leaders making communities and economies work in Appalachia, Fahe is acutely aware of the negative impact of the shutdown in people’s lives.