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 89 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 2,100 counties across 45 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

5.20.2019 -

Council on Agricultural Life expands to better serve Delawareans

The National Council on Agricultural Life and Labor Research Fund Inc. announced the completion of the renovation of the second floor at its Georgetown office and the establishment of a new office space in Wilmington.

5.19.2019 -

Repowering Old Mines With New Energies In The Southwestern United States

A common challenge that mining companies face, with legacy sites is what to do with the disturbed land once the resource has been exhausted or extraction is no longer profitable. After closure, mines need to undergo a long process of reclamation. At this stage, the reputation of mining companies—their social license to operate—becomes tied to the fate of the townships that used to provide the labor force for the mines, and that are now oftentimes searching for a new identity.

5.18.2019 -

Rural Divide: While Boone County booms, neighbors struggle with change

Chelsea McGill took two days off Thursday and Friday for her wedding anniversary, the first time she’s spent even a single day away from The Grind coffeehouse, a business she opened in June. As she prepared to depart Wednesday, she was a little nervous. Her parents will be in charge, she said. As much food as possible was prepared in advance. “I also have cameras so I can check in,” she said. “But I am not going to check in too much.” In a little less than 11 months, McGill has opened the coffeehouse and purchased the events center business two doors to the south in California, Missouri.