Since 1979, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation has worked to support impactful, community-driven projects. With partnerships established through thirty-one local offices and a rural program that serves nearly fourteen hundred counties, LISC works to aggregate and leverage capital from diverse funding sources and then uses on-the-ground insight from local residents and institutions to support long-term solutions that meet the unique needs of each particular community. LISC maintains a national reach that includes areas as diverse as Duluth, Minnesota; Jacksonville, Florida; and the Bay Area.
Through its RePlay Program and in partnership with ESPN, LISC currently is accepting applications from community-based organization interested in transforming deserted lots into public spaces for recreation, exercise, community organizing, and play. Research has indicated that vacant lots are affiliated with numerous factors that contribute to the cycle of poverty, including increased police calls, lower property values in surrounding neighborhoods, and a reduction in neighborhood pride. Transforming vacant lots into usable spaces offers a unique opportunity for local community members to come together to take ownership over the spaces in which they live and work.
The program supports both planning and implementation projects with grants of up to $10,000 (for planning) and $75,000 (for implementation).
Eligible projects must serve low- to moderate-income neighborhoods in either Atlanta, Detroit, Toledo, or Oakland and be led by a nonprofit with 501(c)(3) status under the Internal Revenue Code.
See the LISC website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.