LISC National

Loan Products 

LISC provides the experience and skill needed to raise resources that can address the financial gaps often associated with investment in urban-core neighborhoods. Qualified nonprofit partners and for-profit developers can apply for a full range of financial products to cover the various stages of the commercial and residential development process including:

  • Predevelopment loans, including feasibility studies 
  • Acquisition loans
  • Construction loans
  • Permanent financing
  • Equity and intermediary capital loans
  • Revolving working capital loans
  • Lines of credit
  • Bridge Loans

Loans can range from $50,000 to over $4 million and are intended to be short-term (usually less than three years, paid back at the time of permanent financing) and market-competitive. They do not take the place of traditional financial facilities, such as those offered by private banks.  Rather, they cover the high-risk portion of a project – the predevelopment stage of a project in a low-income community – that most lenders are unable to finance due to their underwriting thresholds.  Sometimes LISC funds are used to complement a bank commitment by taking a second or tertiary position. Although most LISC loans are real estate related, there are a few made as lines of credit to assist client organizations in their cash flow.

Greater Kansas City LISC can also provide technical and financial assistance in specialized areas of expertise through National LISC in the following areas:

  • Childcare facility projects
  • Charter and alternative school facility projects
  • Renovation/new construction of community football fields through the NFL Grassroots Program
  • Housing preservation projects
  • Public housing projects
LISC featured on KSHB 41

The Blenheim School in Kansas City, Missouri has been closed since 2009. Built in 1924, the shuttered school is now set to become 52 affordable apartments for seniors 55 and older. 



Ben Peyton