LISC National
Our Work


Our COACTION grants lead to increased housing options and vibrant commercial corridors within our geographic focus areas.

Twin Cities LISC focuses its role and resources on three priorities for creating and sustaining healthy, vibrant communities where all can prosper:

  • affordable housing and the built environment,
  • economic development, income and wealth building, and
  • neighborhood vibrancy and community health.

The COACTION program is LISC’s key effort to advance innovative community-based work addressing these priorities.  The 2016-2018 impact of the COACTION program is outlined in our summary results report.

COACTION builds community development capacity through grants, technical assistance, and peer network support in three areas: affordable housing production & preservationvacant properties reclamation, and creative placemaking in commercial corridors.

In addition to grantmaking, COACTION Offers:

Technical Assistance
All of our partnerships begin with a determination of where partners are, and the creation of a work plan outlining how they will advance their goals during the grant cycle. Technical assistance is provided primarily through one-on-one meetings with the partners. This provides space for authentic relationship building that results in more creative idea generation and effective troubleshooting.

Peer Networks
All of us are smarter than any one of us, and that no one knows more about the work we do than our partners. LISC creates the conditions necessary for our community-based organizational partners to meet regularly as a peer network where we can all learn from one another, share experiences, and pursue mutually reinforcing activities that can benefit specific geographies and communities as well as the community as a whole.

2017-2018 COACTION Grantee Cohorts:

Affordable Housing Production & Preservation
Alliance Housing
Beacon Interfaith
Project for Pride in Living

Vacant Properties Reclamation
American Indian CDC
City of Lakes Community Land Trust/NeighborWorks Home Partners
Community Stabilization Project
Dayton's Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services
Hope Community
Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity
University of Minnesota Foundation
Urban Homeworks

Creative Placemaking in Commercial Corridors
West Broadway Coalition
Lake Street Council
Latino Economic Development Center
Pangea World Theater
Aurora St. Anthony NDC
Model Cities
Dayton's Bluff Community Council