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 86 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

10.17.2018 -

NeighborWorks Umpqua working to solve affordable housing issue

NeighborWorks Umpqua, a private, nonprofit group that works in southwest Oregon to provide quality housing, has several housing projects in the works, to help ease the low-cost housing shortage in Douglas County.

10.17.2018 -

Franklin County CDC to receive $120K small business grant

The Baker-Polito Administration teamed up with the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation to award $2 million in small business grants to organizations across the state. The awards will allow regional non-profits to help local small businesses to stabilize and grow. At the Franklin County Community Development Corporation, businesses like Artisan Beverage Cooperative, a worker-owned gluten-free beverage boutique, has utilized management counseling and financial training offered by the CDC.

10.16.2018 -

Mutual Housing wins award for credit building program

Mutual Housing California’s pilot “Maximizing Your Credit” program has been named as a recipient of one of this year’s Housing Innovation Awards given out by the Sacramento Housing Alliance.