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.
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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.

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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Next highlight is the Cultural Economy. .A subset of creative industries, the cultural economy includes tourism and heri...
07/21/2021

Next highlight is the Cultural Economy.
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A subset of creative industries, the cultural economy includes tourism and heritage, and "way of life" activities that deliver value and cultural and social wealth rather than primarily providing monetary value.
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Examples include:

> Historic sites with cultural significance
> Historic preservation projects
> Culinary Arts
> Museums & Galleries
> Sports & Rec Facilities
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Tag a cultural economy business you want to lift up!
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LISC and the @716urbanleague are hosting a focus group for creative and cultural economy businesses tomorrow evening at 5pm! If you didn't get an invite but want to be included, send us a dm :)
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#CulturalEconomy #CreativeEconomy

Next highlight is the Cultural Economy.
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A subset of creative industries, the cultural economy includes tourism and heritage, and "way of life" activities that deliver value and cultural and social wealth rather than primarily providing monetary value.
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Examples include:

> Historic sites with cultural significance
> Historic preservation projects
> Culinary Arts
> Museums & Galleries
> Sports & Rec Facilities
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Tag a cultural economy business you want to lift up!
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LISC and the @716urbanleague are hosting a focus group for creative and cultural economy businesses tomorrow evening at 5pm! If you didn't get an invite but want to be included, send us a dm :)
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#CulturalEconomy #CreativeEconomy

Next highlight is the Cultural Economy. .A subset of creative industries, the cultural economy includes tourism and heri...
07/21/2021

Next highlight is the Cultural Economy.
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A subset of creative industries, the cultural economy includes tourism and heritage, and "way of life" activities that deliver value and cultural and social wealth rather than primarily providing monetary value.
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Examples include:

> Historic sites with cultural significance
> Historic preservation projects
> Culinary Arts
> Museums & Galleries
> Sports & Rec Facilities
.
Tag a cultural economy business you want to lift up!
.
LISC and the @716urbanleague are hosting a focus group for creative and cultural economy businesses tomorrow evening at 5pm! If you didn't get an invite but want to be included, send us a dm :)
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#CulturalEconomy #CreativeEconomy

Next highlight is the Cultural Economy.
.
A subset of creative industries, the cultural economy includes tourism and heritage, and "way of life" activities that deliver value and cultural and social wealth rather than primarily providing monetary value.
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Examples include:

> Historic sites with cultural significance
> Historic preservation projects
> Culinary Arts
> Museums & Galleries
> Sports & Rec Facilities
.
Tag a cultural economy business you want to lift up!
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LISC and the @716urbanleague are hosting a focus group for creative and cultural economy businesses tomorrow evening at 5pm! If you didn't get an invite but want to be included, send us a dm :)
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#CulturalEconomy #CreativeEconomy

We are thrilled to be working alongside the WNY Women's Foundation and Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus on this Childcare ...
07/21/2021
New affordable childcare pilot program launches in Western New York

We are thrilled to be working alongside the WNY Women's Foundation and Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus on this Childcare Innovation initiative.

For LISC, this is part of a larger effort to close the racial gaps in health, wealth and equity that impact millions of people. By investing in childcare facilities, we can support frontline, essential workers, while aiding in job retention and local economies, all while giving our youngest learners a strong start in life.

https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/buffalo/news/2021/07/16/new-affordable-childcare-pilot-program-launches-in-western-new-york?fbclid=IwAR3pdC3W1MvE2LL_SqEuchLz9nUQhp5kJppHXVMouPDv7PS8pJs4x2FU8zU

It will evaluate the demand for, and cost of, childcare.

Join us each week as we do a deep dive on themes that have evolved through our conversations with community partners. Fi...
07/13/2021

Join us each week as we do a deep dive on themes that have evolved through our conversations with community partners. First up... The Creative Economy!
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This includes sectors whose goods and services are based on intellectual property, including:

> Visual & Performing Arts
> Architecture Firms
> Crafts & Artisan Goods / Maker Spaces
> Film, TV, Video, Radio, Broadcasting & Photography
> Design Firms: Product, Graphic & Fashion/Textile
> Publishing: Literature, Music, Books, Magazines, Websites
> Software Design
> Museums & Galleries

We want to hear from you about the people and places that make up the Creative Economy on the East Side of Buffalo. Show some love and tag your favorite businesses, creatives, places, or events that make the East Side creative!

Join us each week as we do a deep dive on themes that have evolved through our conversations with community partners. First up... The Creative Economy!
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This includes sectors whose goods and services are based on intellectual property, including:

> Visual & Performing Arts
> Architecture Firms
> Crafts & Artisan Goods / Maker Spaces
> Film, TV, Video, Radio, Broadcasting & Photography
> Design Firms: Product, Graphic & Fashion/Textile
> Publishing: Literature, Music, Books, Magazines, Websites
> Software Design
> Museums & Galleries

We want to hear from you about the people and places that make up the Creative Economy on the East Side of Buffalo. Show some love and tag your favorite businesses, creatives, places, or events that make the East Side creative!

Did you know that 1 in 3 children under age 5 don’t have access to #childcare? Let’s invest in expanding #childcare faci...
06/17/2021

Did you know that 1 in 3 children under age 5 don’t have access to #childcare? Let’s invest in expanding #childcare facilities to #buildupchildcare
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Congress has delivered $50 billion in urgently needed support to the child care sector since December 2020, yet these resources cannot be used to make critical infrastructure modifications or acquire, construct or renovate child care facilities. With the pandemic constraining our nation’s already limited supply of quality and affordable child care options, it is time to ask Congress to act.
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Join us today, on Child Care Facilities Day of Action to ask Congress to invest in child care facility upgrades: https://bit.ly/3q0l6jy

Did you know that 1 in 3 children under age 5 don’t have access to #childcare? Let’s invest in expanding #childcare facilities to #buildupchildcare
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Congress has delivered $50 billion in urgently needed support to the child care sector since December 2020, yet these resources cannot be used to make critical infrastructure modifications or acquire, construct or renovate child care facilities. With the pandemic constraining our nation’s already limited supply of quality and affordable child care options, it is time to ask Congress to act.
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Join us today, on Child Care Facilities Day of Action to ask Congress to invest in child care facility upgrades: https://bit.ly/3q0l6jy

One Region Forward is hosting an online event THIS WEEK to discuss more about coastal threats and tools to improve commu...
06/15/2021

One Region Forward is hosting an online event THIS WEEK to discuss more about coastal threats and tools to improve community resilience, because our region is seeing more extreme weather events, such as seiches, intense rain, and highly fluctuating water levels in the Great Lakes.

It's important that all neighborhoods participate!

Register here: http://bit.ly/3yNaNDg

Our region is seeing more extreme weather events, such as seiches, intense rain, and highly fluctuating water levels in the Great Lakes.

Join One Region Forward on June 17 to learn more about coastal threats and tools to improve community resilience! Register http://bit.ly/3yNaNDg

3 more days to get your applications in for the The LISC-GM Scale Up WNY Small Business Grant! .Application close on Mon...
06/04/2021

3 more days to get your applications in for the The LISC-GM Scale Up WNY Small Business Grant!
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Application close on Monday, June 7th at midnight. Click here for details: https://www.lisc.org/wny/what-we-do/neighborhoodbusiness/lisc-gm-scale-wny-grant/
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General Motors
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#liscWNYbusiness #wnysmallbusiness

3 more days to get your applications in for the The LISC-GM Scale Up WNY Small Business Grant!
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Application close on Monday, June 7th at midnight. Click here for details: https://www.lisc.org/wny/what-we-do/neighborhoodbusiness/lisc-gm-scale-wny-grant/
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General Motors
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#liscWNYbusiness #wnysmallbusiness

06/02/2021

Do you own a small business or know a small business owner? If so, we want to hear from you!
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LISC WNY has created two business surveys to help us develop policy and programming for economic inclusion as we recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.
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One survey is targeted to all businesses in WNY with a goal of crafting programs to support recovery for minority and women-owned businesses: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CFPM7LW
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The other survey is targeted to businesses situated and commercial districts with a goal of designing resources that build on existing community assets, helping to strengthen economic vitality within neighborhoods: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C399NQN
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We are looking forward to sharing survey results with our partners and crafting solutions for Covid-19 small business recovery.

#liscWNYbusiness #wnysmallbusiness #smallbusinesslove

How many Pride in Place Buffalo Idea Boxes have you seen so far?Don't stop yet! We need your suggestions to celebrate an...
05/24/2021

How many Pride in Place Buffalo Idea Boxes have you seen so far?

Don't stop yet! We need your suggestions to celebrate and honor these areas.

Here's more beautiful work all done by local artists:

"The community at work" and "North, South, East, West" by Dorothea Edwards located at 806 Fillmore Avenue and Belmont Shelter Complex at 871 E. Ferry Street.

"XII" by Imani Williamson located at The Golden Cup Café at 1323 Jefferson Avenue.

"Child artists' " by J.Dough located at Canisius College, Jefferson Avenue and Florida Street.

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05/19/2021

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These artists created multiple Idea Boxes each for Pride in Place Buffalo. Double the art, double the fun!"Bluegrass Pop...
05/17/2021

These artists created multiple Idea Boxes each for Pride in Place Buffalo. Double the art, double the fun!

"Bluegrass Poppies" and "Greenpeace" by LaShonda Davis at Grassroots Gardens on 389 Broadway Avenue and the Underpass at Northland and Fillmore Avenues.

"Community Camo" and "Let's Grow Buffalo" by J.Dough at the East Parcel next to 683 Northland Avenue and E. Ferry St. and Wohlers Avenue.

"It’s who we are" and "My Heart My Home" by Muhammad Zaman at the West Parcel next to 683 Northland Avenue and the Belmont Shelter Complex at 1490 Jefferson Avenue.

Have you submitted your BIG ideas to our #PrideinPlaceBuffalo Idea Boxes yet?We're highlighting three more that are cert...
05/14/2021

Have you submitted your BIG ideas to our #PrideinPlaceBuffalo Idea Boxes yet?

We're highlighting three more that are certainly worth a closer look.

"Stay Gold Buffalo" by Daryl Reding at the green space at Clark and Kent Streets.

"Beyond the Freedom Wall (Buffalo in Bloom)" by Jillian Daniels at 60 Hedley Place and 36 Nash Street.

"The Manifestation of Prosperity" by Deja Marie at 1153 Jefferson Avenue.

Our Pride in Place Buffalo Idea Boxes are officially installed all over the East Side! Every week, we'll showcase a few ...
05/12/2021

Our Pride in Place Buffalo Idea Boxes are officially installed all over the East Side! Every week, we'll showcase a few and where you can find them.

"Under the Same Skies" by Kelly Ann Swartz is located 293 Paderewski Drive.

"Spectrum_01" by Charles Rockwell is at the Nash House is located 36 Nash Street.

"Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" by Kathleen Murphy is located at Wi******er and E. Delavan Avenue.

See them in-person and let your voice be heard on that area!

We want to hear from you! Our Pride in Place Buffalo Idea Boxes ask community members to answer the following prompts: •...
05/10/2021

We want to hear from you! Our Pride in Place Buffalo Idea Boxes ask community members to answer the following prompts:

• What types of activities would you participate in if available in this space?
• What type of development projects would you support in this space?
• What type of creative art project(s) would you like to see in this space?
• What other ideas do you have that could draw people to this space and make it more interactive?
•Do you have a story as a member of the community?
• In what other ways can this Idea Box be used in this neighborhood?

You can also share your thoughts as a comment on this post.

We want to hear from you! Our Pride in Place Buffalo Idea Boxes ask community members to answer the following prompts:

• What types of activities would you participate in if available in this space?
• What type of development projects would you support in this space?
• What type of creative art project(s) would you like to see in this space?
• What other ideas do you have that could draw people to this space and make it more interactive?
•Do you have a story as a member of the community?
• In what other ways can this Idea Box be used in this neighborhood?

You can also share your thoughts as a comment on this post.

We have partnered with the Buffalo Center for Health Equity for an exciting initiative...Idea Boxes for Pride in Place B...
05/07/2021
LISC WNY & Buffalo Center for Health Equity Debuts Pride in Place Idea Boxes to Celebrate Black and Brown Communities in Buffalo | LISC Western New York

We have partnered with the Buffalo Center for Health Equity for an exciting initiative...Idea Boxes for Pride in Place Buffalo!

There are 20 boxes, painted by local artists, throughout Buffalo's East Side. The initiative hopes to reinvigorate and celebrate Black and Brown culture, community and pride.

Community members are invited to submit suggestions for the future use of the space. For all the details on where you can find the boxes, visit: https://www.lisc.org/wny/regional-stories/lisc-wny-buffalo-center-health-equity-debuts-pride-place-idea-boxes-celebrate-black-and-brown-communities-buffalo/.

20 idea boxes, designed by local artists, are now live! These idea boxes aim to gather community input for often overlooked spaces including Black- and Brown-owned businesses and organizations, as well as abandoned buildings and lots.

Congrats to our Community Development Award winners! Affordable Housing Development Project of 2020: Elim Townhomes by B...
04/16/2021
LISC WNY Announces 2021 Community Development Award Winners | LISC Western New York

Congrats to our Community Development Award winners!

Affordable Housing Development Project of 2020: Elim Townhomes by Belmont Housing Resources for WNY, Inc.

Quality of Life Project or Program of 2020: Groceries to Seniors by The Journey Church

The 2020 Building Inclusive Economy Awards: Founders Go Big by Launch NY

Nonprofit Community Development Organization of 2020: Jericho Road Community Health Center

2020 Community Builder Award: Juweria Dahir

You truly embody what it means to be a COVID-19 Champion & Collaborator! Read more about their inspiring initiatives here: https://www.lisc.org/wny/regional-stories/lisc-wny-announces-2021-community-development-award-winners/"

Once more, please give it up for our 2021 Community Development Awardees, who contributed greatly to help make our city more equitable and inclusive in 2020.

Our #CDA2021 Virtual Ceremony is tomorrow!  DJ Milk Buffalo will be spinning tunes at 9 a.m. with the program beginning ...
04/15/2021
2021 LISC WNY Community Development Awards

Our #CDA2021 Virtual Ceremony is tomorrow! DJ Milk Buffalo will be spinning tunes at 9 a.m. with the program beginning at 9:30 a.m. Start your Friday off on a really positive note!

These individuals and organizations will be making great strides in Buffalo for years to come. Register today and get to know them tomorrow. 🗓 💻

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-lisc-wny-community-development-awards-tickets-139566801059

LISC WNY Brings Back the Community Development Awards on April 16, 2021 DJ Milk & Coffee: 9:00 – 9:30am EDT Program: 9:30-11:00am EDT

The Community Development Award nominees for Quality of Life Project or Program of the Year made life better for residen...
04/12/2021
Our Quality of Life Project or Program of the Year Nominees | LISC Western New York

The Community Development Award nominees for Quality of Life Project or Program of the Year made life better for residents, businesses and/or organizations in equitable and inclusive ways.

Buffalo is better because of them.

https://www.lisc.org/wny/regional-stories/our-quality-life-project-or-program-year-nominees/

This honor recognizes a project or program that enhances the quality of life for residents, businesses, and/or organizations in an equitable and inclusive way.

Our #CDA2021 Virtual Ceremony will feature incredible live performances by local artists!From 9-9:30 a.m., DJ Milk Buffa...
04/08/2021

Our #CDA2021 Virtual Ceremony will feature incredible live performances by local artists!

From 9-9:30 a.m., DJ Milk Buffalo will be spinning tunes as you make your coffee and get ready for the program. Then, poetic performances by Bianca L. McGraw and vonetta t. rhodes will open and close the award show.

Register today! 💻 ☕️ 🎵

The theme for this year's Community Development Awards was COVID-19 Champions & Collaborators. Our Nonprofit Community D...
04/06/2021
Meet our Nonprofit Community Development Organization of the Year Nominees | LISC Western New York

The theme for this year's Community Development Awards was COVID-19 Champions & Collaborators. Our Nonprofit Community Development Organization of the Year nominees embraced that in every way possible.

Read more about their innovative initiatives here: https://www.lisc.org/wny/regional-stories/meet-our-nonprofit-community-development-organization-year-nominees/

This honor recognizes an outstanding organization or partnership of organizations that provided advocacy, leadership and innovation to strengthen neighborhoods and initiatives in response to the hardships of 2020.

You'll be seeing these faces making strides in WNY for years to come. The other half of our 12 Community Builder nominee...
04/01/2021

You'll be seeing these faces making strides in WNY for years to come. The other half of our 12 Community Builder nominees:

Juweria Dahir helped families navigate remote learning with computer illiteracy workshops during the pandemic.

Betty Jean Grant held several giveaways of masks, gloves and hand sanitizer to ensure African American communities weren't being left behind.

Rolando Cercone helped the First Fruits Food Pantry reach 300+ families and personally delivered meals to homes.

John Somers is the founder of the Bailey Green Initiative, which focuses on improving the Bailey-Genesee neighborhood of Buffalo

Avi Israel founded Save the Michaels of the World, an organization that supports families dealing with drug addiction.

Casimiro Rodriguez donates his time to countless local community organizations including being President Emeritus of the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York Inc.

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70 W Chippewa, Suite 604
Buffalo, NY
14202

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

Telephone

(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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FREE WEBINAR! COVID 19 small business economic recovery funding sources. July 14 3pm-4pm Registration link: https://business.amherst.org/events/details/wny-business-funding-resource-webinar-4543?fbclid=IwAR0W7E50iw5zvM9XSJ1h8b_zZZPpRFHQd3yQH2b32vleNBLasV9wfYMcHn4