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LISC has mobilized to support the people and communities hit hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic. Learn more about LISC Indianapolis' COVID-19 perspective, our reponse, links to local resources for small businesses and more. 


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From National LISC:
5.28.2020 -

Another $2.5 Million Deployed to Buoy Small Businesses in Our Communities

More than 200 small businesses, the majority owned by minority, women and veteran entrepreneurs, received grants of up to $10,000 this week to help them stay afloat during the Covid-19 crisis. The grants are part of a $7.5 million collaboration with Verizon to support enterprises in underinvested communities across rural and urban America.


Our Programs

Great Places 2020

Great Places 2020 is a visionary community development project created to transform strategic places in Marion County neighborhoods into dynamic centers of culture, commerce and community, preparing Indy for unprecedented success as it reaches its Bicentennial in 2020. [...]

Quality-of-Life Neighborhoods

LISC prioritizes investments to organizations and institutions that have created a collective vision for their neighborhood, as formalized in a Quality-of-Life plan. [...]

Bridges to Career Opportunities

The Bridges to Career Opportunities initiative helps connect unemployed and underemployed residents in Indianapolis with quality jobs in growth industries. [...]

Inclusive Economic Opportunity Districts

To attract new employers and help existing businesses succeed, LISC has developed a wide range of tools used to revitalize real estate and renew a sense of vibrancy along targeted industrial districts throughout the city. [...]


How do I partner with LISC?

In any given year, LISC partners with more than 200 distinct organizational partners including more than 30 community-based organizations. Bringing together local leaders from financial institutions, government, funders, nonprofits, and neighborhoods is important to lasting change. Interested in getting involved? Please see our staff listing to match your area of interest with the correct contact. [...]

How do I get a grant from LISC?

The Small Business Facade and Property Improvement Program provides matching grants to property owners willing to renovate the street-front exteriors of their structures. Over the years we have awarded nearly 500 facade and property improvement grants, provided commercial revitalization services and capital investment for commercial development. [...]

How do I get a loan or equity investment from LISC?

LISC is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that offers loans and equity products (link to page) to support a variety of real estate developments, including housing, retail projects, industrial projects, and community facilities. We offer flexible financing during all stages of projects — predevelopment, property acquisition, construction, and permanent. [...]

The LISC Way

Local Initiatives Support Corporation is constantly exploring new programs and strategies that connect hard-to-tap public and private resources with underinvested places. The premise in which LISC operates is simple: government, foundations, and for-profit companies have the capital; residents and local institutions have the need; and LISC bridges the gap by offering the relationships and expertise to help community organizations attract the kinds of resources that allow them to do their best work.