Uplift America awards $670,000 to Rural LISC, dovetails with support from USDA
Rural LISC Program Vice President Suzanne Anarde (third from left) stands with USDA Under Secretary for Rural Development Lisa Mensah and other rural community development leaders at an October 6 convening in Berea, Ky. At the event, the Uplift America initiative, an unprecedented collaboration between banks, philanthropic foundations and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), announced a $670,000 grant to Rural LISC. The grant will support $20 million in financing awarded LISC by USDA, as part of a new initiative that is providing $401 million in Community Facilities program funds to 26 community development organizations across the country. These funds will help reduce poverty in some of the nation's poorest and most isolated rural communities. Awards to Rural LISC and five partner organizations totaled $160 million. For more information, see: Rural LISC eNews Flash, Daily Yonder and press releases from Rural LISC, LISC, and USDA.
An article in The Huffington Post examines the potential of the arts for reenlivening the rural American landscape. Rural LISC's Bob Reeder was among rural advocates interviewed in the piece.
The Road to Capacity
Rural LISC's Road to Capacity chart gives a helpful at-a-glance view of the critical milestones passed on the unique path of growth undertaken by our partner organizations working in areas of high and persistent poverty. Click image for larger size.
Funder in the Spotlight: Wells Fargo Housing Foundation
Rural LISC is proud to recognize the continued generosity of the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation. The Foundation’s recent cumulative funding of $300,000 for two Rural LISC initiatives is making a big difference for rural community developers nationwide.
Rural America - What's Going Right? A Daily Yonder blog post by Suzanne Anarde