LISC WNY

LISC WNY LISC WNY is part of a national community & economic development organization that links neighborhoods and individuals with the tools they need to thrive.
For almost three decades, LISC has connected local organizations and community leaders with resources to revitalize neighborhoods and improve quality of life. The LISC model assembles private and public resources and directs it to locally-defined priorities. Our unique structure enables local organizations to access national resources and expertise, and our funding partners to leverage their investments to achieve remarkable results.
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LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) is a national organization that connects communities with resources. LISC partners with under invested places, and people working to access opportunities, and connects them with hard-to-tap resources. We pool public and private dollars, and in turn, invest those dollars through financing, technical and management assistance, trainings and capacity support to local partners and developers. We invest in housing, business, jobs, education, safety and health. Western New York is proud to be one of the 35 local offices, covering 45 states.

Mission: LISC WNY works regionally with partners to bring local neighborhood ideas to life; creating great places to live, work and raise a family for all

Learn more about Complete Streets with GObike Buffalo and One Region Forward on August 20th!
08/14/2020

Learn more about Complete Streets with GObike Buffalo and One Region Forward on August 20th!

Planners, interested citizens, engineers: join to hear GObike engineer, Jim Jones, and One Region Forward speak about how to incorporate complete streets principles and technology in transportation projects!

Register here: http://createsend.com/t/i-804F9A1E1AC3BB802540EF23F30FEDED

Buffalo Urban Development Corporation - BUDC is hosting another one of their FREE Business Networking Events next Thursd...
08/06/2020

Buffalo Urban Development Corporation - BUDC is hosting another one of their FREE Business Networking Events next Thursday, August 13th from 6-8pm. The event has multiple break out sessions for small businesses to attend and even has a Business Pitch Competition. Those who pitch have the opportunity to win a cash prize!

Click here for the eventbrite registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/buffalo-business-network-series-registration-115351808364

08/06/2020
Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

The City of Buffalo Department of Public Works, Parks & Streets will be hosting a virtual meeting to discuss the Middle Main Street Ph 1 (Goodell to Ferry) Streetscape Project - Preliminary Concepts TODAY AT 5:00 PM!

This meeting will present the information including: the scope of the subject project, preliminary design concept, avenues for feedback, and next steps. Additionally, we will discuss what we've heard from the preliminary design survey responses thus far. For individuals who attended the previous preliminary design meeting on July 24 at 11 AM, this upcoming meeting will present the same project information with the addition of the what we've heard from the respondents of the preliminary design survey up to this date.

JOIN USING THE LINK BELOW AT 5:00pm TODAY: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84559792207?pwd=aXhVOVlXcVVKTFoxQjJxWG5rUWlOZz09
Meeting ID: 845 5979 2207
Passcode: 292201

If you cannot make this meeting, do not worry! Consultants from the project will attend our Masten District Livability meeting next week to talk more about the project and community engagement. Tuesday, August 11, 4:30-6:00pm. Check out our events for more info! (https://www.facebook.com/pg/LISCwny/events/?ref=page_internal)

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Do you get a burst of excitement when you hear the words "lending deals," and "real estate based transactions"? Do you h...
08/06/2020

Do you get a burst of excitement when you hear the words "lending deals," and "real estate based transactions"? Do you have a passion for growing inclusive and equitable communities? If so, we have a position for you!

LISC WNY is seeking a Deputy Director with a strong background in community and economic development investment, finance, and management to round out the LISC WNY bench, provide additional supervisory capacity, and deepen LISC’s ability to raise new/additional resources and deliver development investments at scale.

The position will increase our effectiveness as a CDFI through technical assistance, program implementation, pipeline development, and capital deployment. The Deputy Director will lead LISC’s efforts to build strong relationships and referral networks with other strategic funding and financing partners, including CDFIs, for-profit and nonprofit financial institutions and local, state, and national governmental subsidy programs, to help LISC partners and borrowers access critical project funding resources.

Click the link for more info: https://www.lisc.org/wny/who/opportunities/

#COVID19 has shown that #WomenOwned businesses keep the world moving! With support from P&G, we’re offering a #5thRound ...
08/02/2020
LISC Small Business Relief Grant Application

#COVID19 has shown that #WomenOwned businesses keep the world moving! With support from P&G, we’re offering a #5thRound of grants to #smallbiz, including #childcare centers & #beauty salons! Apply, spread the word, & follow us for updates.

We are glad to share that 10 MWBE Business in Buffalo have benefited from previous rounds, with grant funds totaling $84,500!

Applications due Tomorrow
www.lisc.org/round5

If your business is selected as a finalist, you will be notified via email. Being selected as a finalist does not guarantee a grant will be awarded. As a finalist, additional documentation will be required, including date of birth, SSN, TIN/ITIN and/or EIN for the applicant and/or the business in or...

Are you a #PickupTruckPro? With generous support from Lowe's Home Improvement, we’re offering the #5thRound of #COVID19 ...
08/01/2020
LISC Small Business Relief Grant Application

Are you a #PickupTruckPro? With generous support from Lowe's Home Improvement, we’re offering the #5thRound of #COVID19 relief grants to #MinorityOwned #smallbiz, including electricians, plumbers, contractors & more! Apply, spread the word, & follow us for updates.

So far, 10 MWBE Businesses in Buffalo have benefited from previous rounds, with grant funds totaling $84,500!

Applications due in two days - Monday, August 3rd!
www.lisc.org/round5

If your business is selected as a finalist, you will be notified via email. Being selected as a finalist does not guarantee a grant will be awarded. As a finalist, additional documentation will be required, including date of birth, SSN, TIN/ITIN and/or EIN for the applicant and/or the business in or...

There are certain moments in the history of an organization that are pivotal, transformative even. Today is one of those...
07/31/2020
MacKenzie Scott Makes Transformative $40M Gift to LISC | Local Initiatives Support Corporation

There are certain moments in the history of an organization that are pivotal, transformative even. Today is one of those days. With profound gratitude, we thank MacKenzie Scott for her $40 million gift and confidence in LISC. Scott said organizations like LISC are “well-positioned to accelerate progress.” Together, we can advance racial and economic justice and broadly shared prosperity throughout the country.

View the full story: https://www.lisc.org/our-stories/story/mackenzie-scott-transformative-gift-lisc

With the largest gift from an individual in LISC’s history, MacKenzie Scott is fueling transformative efforts to advance racial and economic justice and building a broadly shared prosperity throughout the country. Scott said organizations like LISC are “well-positioned to accelerate progress.”

A fifth round of Small Business Relief Grants are out! To date, 10 MWBE small businesses in the Buffalo area have receiv...
07/31/2020

A fifth round of Small Business Relief Grants are out! To date, 10 MWBE small businesses in the Buffalo area have received a LISC Small Business Relief Grant, totaling $84,500!

Round 5 closes on Monday, August 3rd.

Do you run a beauty or hair salon? Thanks to generous support from Secret, we’re offering a #5thRound of #COVID19 relief grants to #smallbusinesses like yours! Apply, spread the word, & follow @LISC_HQ for more updates. #BlackOwnedBusiness #WomenOwned #Minorityowned
Apply here: https://lisc.tfaforms.net/95

The City of Buffalo is asking for feedback on the "Middle Main" design. Click the link to access the survey and provide ...
07/30/2020

The City of Buffalo is asking for feedback on the "Middle Main" design. Click the link to access the survey and provide your thoughts!

Check out the city of Buffalo going for a winning streak after the successful Niagara Street rebuild, now (finally) proposing this 21st century solution for "Middle Main."
There is a survey out now that asks for your feedback on this design - get your voice heard:
bit.ly/COB_MiddleMain

We just received word that the City of Buffalo Department of Public Works is hosting a public meeting TOMORROW (Friday) ...
07/23/2020

We just received word that the City of Buffalo Department of Public Works is hosting a public meeting TOMORROW (Friday) to discuss street design concepts for Main St. from Ferry St. to Goodell St. The meeting is virtual at 11:00am EST.

The City will post log-in information here before the meeting: http://www.buffalony.gov/1281/Middle-Main-Street?fbclid=IwAR2p5dogAAGzp2pQPyJjCNutP6TWiuaHEaPSK4QwN8FKYzPnGxBaG8hG8zo

Please share, spread the word, and tune in to give your input. Main St. is a very important artery that should connect, support, and benefit neighboring communities and residents.

We'll be there, join us!

Congratulations to Northland Workforce Training Center, who was recently selected to join a new project to advance racia...
06/26/2020

Congratulations to Northland Workforce Training Center, who was recently selected to join a new project to advance racial equity in manufacturing!

Through a competitive process hosted by The Century Foundation, Urban Manufacturing Alliance, and seven other workforce development organizations, Buffalo will join a cohort of 8 leading workforce organizations to advance a racially inclusive future as we work through economic recovery.

With unemployment rates at record levels for communities of color, and a renewed focus on addressing systemic racism in our societies, our country's manufacturing rebirth presents an opportunity to open the sector's good paying jobs to more workers of color.

We at LISC WNY are proud to be a supporting partner of the Northland Workforce Training Center, and other organizations who are intentionally centering racial equity as we work to rebuild our communities.

Photo compliments of the Northland Workforce Training Center

Juneteenth is widely known as the celebration of emancipation from forced slavery. 2020 marks the 45th consecutive year ...
06/19/2020

Juneteenth is widely known as the celebration of emancipation from forced slavery. 2020 marks the 45th consecutive year of the Juneteenth of Buffalo Festival celebration. But what does the celebration mean for Buffalo and for the people of Western New York?
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According to festival organizer and board member, Jomo Akono, this festival speaks to every aspect of Black Buffalo. It unites religious lines. It unites ethnic lines. It unites geographic lines. This festival and the initiatives surrounding it expand and repair relationships; bridging culture gaps, and uniting the Black community.
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Partnered with the event is Sankofa Days. "Sankofa" is a Ghanaian term meaning to go back, fetch, and return. A large part of Juneteenth is to educate our community on Black history.
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Akono states, "BC stands for Before Captivity. Before captivity, we were African. We had families. We had empires."
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We are proud of Juneteenth's strength and importance in Buffalo, and nationally. We recognize Juneteenth of Buffalo as an important leader for Community resilience and neighborhood revitalization.
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📷: Mayor Byron W. Brown
The Buffalo News
Juneteenth of Buffalo Festival

LISC believes in the power of place-based neighborhood business organizations. During all of the world events happening ...
06/18/2020

LISC believes in the power of place-based neighborhood business organizations. During all of the world events happening at this time, the endurance and resilience of community groups is shown through The Square Community Garden & Farmer's Market project. This week 25 volunteers (with proper social distancing, may we add) and coordinated partner organizations worked to get the garden beds up and running.
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The Square Community Garden & Farmer's Market is a collaborative effort between Fillmore Forward, Inc, Broadway Fillmore Neighborhood Housing Services, Urban Fruits & Veggies, Go Bike Buffalo, Ground Works USA, The Square Block Club, Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper, and the hands of many volunteers.
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We are proud to be providing capacity support to Fillmore Forward - the organization spearheading the project coordination and implementation efforts.
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Way to go team!

#liscWNY #liscWNYpartner #teamworkmakesthedreamwork

Who knew Mark Ruffalo was such an avid supporter of both clean, renewable energy, and strong female leaders?! In this li...
06/17/2020
Jimmy Kimmel makes donation to Push Buffalo on behalf of Mark Ruffalo

Who knew Mark Ruffalo was such an avid supporter of both clean, renewable energy, and strong female leaders?! In this link, you can see spotlight videos on PUSH Buffalo and a clip of Ruffalo talking about Buffalo being "one of the most exciting cities in the United States right now for their resilience."

Jimmy Kimmel Live even did a spotlight on PUSH Buffalo live! We are so glad our local partner organization is getting such positive reinforcement for their fantastic work. If you would like to support their work advocating for more affordable and supportive housing solutions and advancing economic justice in Buffalo, head over to PUSH Buffalo’s site: https://bit.ly/3fx7cPq

https://www.wkbw.com/news/local-news/jimmy-kimmel-makes-donation-to-push-buffalo-on-behalf-of-mark-ruffalo

The host had actor Mark Ruffalo as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday night. Kimmel regularly makes a donation to a charity of his guest's choice. On Tuesday, Ruffalo said his choice was PUSH Buffalo.

06/05/2020

A Statement of Solidarity

The LISC WNY team shares our deep condolences with the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the tragically long list of others who have lost life at the hands of police brutality and racist crimes. We know families and neighbors in our own community have also experienced this loss and injustice. There is real pain that words cannot capture, and so many are left feeling angry, powerless, and helpless.

Western New York is not powerless. WNY is resilient and we, as a community, demand solutions that create a more humane society for our children to grow. We want to be clear that LISC WNY unequivocally stands with our community as an active partner working to reconcile a racist system that has perpetuated poverty, segregation, and health inequity for generations in our neighborhoods. We are humbled and inspired by the strength and courage of the organizations and residents leading this work now, along with those that have been doing the hard work long before this time.

The trauma of racial injustice has recently been compounded by the significant and tragic impacts brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our neighborhoods that have experienced historic disinvestment have also experienced a disproportionate prevalence of the COVID-19 virus. We know this is a result of a lack of investment in services and supports for things like economic stability, housing, social & community services, the built environment & transportation, access to health care, and education.

As a community development financial institution (CDFI), LISC was originally established as an entity that directs money to people and places that need it most to reverse these effects. Today, LISC WNY - our small, new and growing team - is deeply committed to listening and learning more about how we can maximize our role as a CDFI to support these neighborhoods in realizing their own visions for the future.

LISC's National CEO, Maurice Jones, said:

“Intention created the racial wealth gap. It will take intention to close it.”

Our local office is energetically working with this intention. We are

• supporting the creation of stronger networks of community ownership;
• increasing opportunity for Black, indigenous people of color and other underrepresented populations in our own work (we’re hiring);
• empowering and inviting leadership from our neighborhoods of focus to the public processes in which we participate;
• advocating for policy reform that eliminates public health crises such as police brutality, disinvestment in education, community support services, & mobility infrastructure, and health disparity in low income zip codes; and
• investing in regeneration efforts led by neighborhoods that create healthy, vibrant places to live, while fighting against investment that results in displacement.

Reconciling this system will be messy and difficult, and surely, we will make mistakes. We invite you to learn with us, participate in this journey, and help shape LISC WNY’s development. We will share our progress and work with you as we go and welcome recommendations about how we can continue to do better.

Working together and in full support of lifting up our neighborhoods, we believe that we can begin to create a more just Western New York where all people are treated with respect and dignity no matter what race or zip code.

In solidarity,

Julie, Tyra, Saira, Kate, and Brittany

The past few months has been a struggle for small business owners. We are excited to see that beginning today, the City ...
06/01/2020
"Reopen Buffalo" includes opportunities for Restaurant Patio Expansions into Parking Spaces

The past few months has been a struggle for small business owners. We are excited to see that beginning today, the City of Buffalo will allow restaurateurs to apply (free application process) for additional sidewalk space in front of their buildings to conduct business.

Reopening creatively will be key at this time, and we are glad to see the City embracing new ideas to help small businesses stay afloat this summer.

https://www.buffalorising.com/2020/05/reopen-buffalo-includes-opportunities-for-restaurant-patio-expansions-into-parking-spaces/

Beginning June 1, the City of Buffalo will allow restaurateurs to apply (free application process) for additional sidewalk space in front of their buildings to conduct business. The owners will also be able to apply for additional patio seating in parking spaces, which is something that we've been p

Our National LISC team put together this great resource for #COVID19 business recovery. It provides a roadmap to help lo...
05/27/2020

Our National LISC team put together this great resource for #COVID19 business recovery. It provides a roadmap to help local business communities recover, and has lots of great examples, step by step actions, and tools to help commercial districts thrive. Many thanks to U.S. Bank for making this resource guide possible!

https://www.lisc.org/media/filer_public/f8/d7/f8d735f8-b4ff-479d-9bfe-d9b59b767779/200526_lisc_guide.pdf

In support of National Housing Month, we would like to thank Habitat for Humanity Buffalo, who continues to push forward...
05/26/2020

In support of National Housing Month, we would like to thank Habitat for Humanity Buffalo, who continues to push forward to serve the community, especially at this time when housing systems and job markets are fragile.

In the last few weeks, Habitat Buffalo finished building 5 affordable homes; helping to move families out of horrific quarantine conditions. Three families were suffering from loss of income due to Covid-19, and would have been evicted after the federal ban on evictions was lifted. One family was quarantined in an extremely small space with extended family members. The living space for this single mom and her daughter was detrimental to homeschooling and distance learning. One family was sheltering in place next to an abandoned property, and outdoor vermin were beginning to invade their home.

As our community of housing advocates work toward finding relief for the immediate crisis, we must not lose sight of the lessons COVID has provided: That we are an intertwined and co-dependent network of families who are deeply affected by what happens to our neighbors. We see the value of stable and secure housing and its foundational impact on health and welfare.

There are 32 other families still waiting for their Habitat home to be built. Some of them are living with children in environments with asbestos. Others are quarantined in rooms with lead exposure. With fundraising events canceled, Habitat is looking for ways to creatively raise the money needed to build homes and protect the children and families living within them.

As we start the slow process of reopening our economy, we look to deploy our resources on the economic levers that have the most impact. We are proud to be working with organizations who are expanding housing options at all levels to support a healthy economic ecosystem and community vibrancy. Kudos to Habitat for Humanity Buffalo!

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70 W Chippewa, Suite 604
Buffalo, NY
14202

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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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(716) 852-3430

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LISC's Buffalo office was opened in late 1998. Since then we have worked with local not-for-profit partners, private developers, local government and schools, and have provided funding and technical assistance to support projects that are contributing to healthier and more sustainable communities, and improving the lives of the families that live within them. Our not-for-profit partners are planning strategically, building their capacity, engaging resident and business leadership and creating positive changes for their communities. In 2020, we announced our name change and expansion of service to the Western New York community. LISC Western New York thanks our partners for their on the ground work, and our funders for their support and guidance.

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