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

2.19.2019 -

Delta-based programs get $2.7 million to help youths get GED, vocational job training

Three organizations in the Mississippi Delta that focus on economic development and job training will get about $2.7 million from the U.S. Department of Labor to help youth obtain a GED and receive jobs in vocational careers.

2.19.2019 -

How Wisconsin Is Investing in Housing

The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) has made sizeable strides in helping more households of The Badger State achieve their dream. In its annual report published recently, WHEDA said that the agency had made loans to 3,450 individuals and families totaling $427.5 million—the best for the agency since 2006.