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

2.14.2019 -

Maine’s rural broadband may get a boost

Advocates for broadband internet expansion in Maine say they are cautiously optimistic that a longstanding effort to dramatically increase state-level grant funding for rural broadband projects will finally bear fruit.

2.14.2019 -

Callaway County 100 Man Lunch coming soon

"Remember your first role model and how they inspired you?" said Kellie Pontius, of Central Missouri Community Action, which operates Head Start. "Well, here is your chance to become someone's first role model and inspire others." During the lunch, men in the community gather to eat, read books, blow bubbles, do crafts and spend time with the children at Head Start. Head Start provides preschool to children up to 5 years old. The agency's focus is on low-income families.