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2015 Growing Communities Initiative Application

The 2015 Citizens Bank Growing Communities Initiative will support community development efforts in Central Falls and Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The Citizens Bank Foundation and Rhode Island LISC will award grants for projects that foster neighborhood revitalization in these cities, support local economic activity and create/sustain jobs. Apply Now

SNAP Employment and Training is Bringing Workforce Development Resources to Rhode Island

LISC has awarded fourteen Rhode Island agencies Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) subcontracts worth $1,619,300 in 50% reimbursements for FY15 programming. These subcontractors will provide close to 1,000 SNAP recipients with adult education, employment skills training and job readiness training. SNAP E&T allows for core training components to be supplemented with a range of services designed to help participants successfully complete training and prepare for and gain employment.

FY15 SNAP E&T Subcontractors Include: Amos House; Building Futures/The Providence Plan; Community Care Alliance; Connecting for Children and Families; Crossroads Rhode Island; Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island; East Bay Community Action Program; OpenDoors; Progreso Latino; Providence Housing Authority; RI Family Literacy Initiative; The Genesis Center; Westbay Community Action Program; and Year Up.

LISC Funded Planning Project Gets Results

When people in the neighborhood were asked what they wanted, there wasn’t such a great demand for baseball in the neighborhood, “Everyone wanted to play soccer.” Maybe this field will become one of those places where America grows its elusive World Cup winner someday. Read More

2014 Rhode Island Early Learning Facility Needs Assessment Report

LISC has issued an RFQ for services under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) 50% Reimbursement program.

SNAP E&T is a funding source for workforce development that provides 50% reimbursements on non-federal, unmatched funds spent on eligible services within an approved E&T program. A broad range of adult education and workforce development services are covered under this funding. A mandatory TA session will be held on July 21, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the RI Community Food Bank. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on August 15, 2014. Click here for the RFQ and related application forms. Questions regarding this RFQ should be directed to Claudia Staniszewski at CStaniszewski@lisc.org

Community Meeting: Rhode Island Early Learning Facility Needs Assessment

On July 16th from 6pm – 8pm we will be holding a Community Meeting in collaboration with the Rhode Island Department of Education to share and discuss the results of the Rhode Island Early Learning Facility Needs Assessment in greater depth and for an overview of the state’s next steps. Click here for additional information. We hope to see you there!

LISC wins $1.48MM in AmeriCorps funding to fuel economic mobility in low-income neighborhoods

A new crop of LISC AmeriCorps members will serve with neighborhood nonprofits in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, Detroit, Duluth, Los Angeles, Michigan (statewide), Milwaukee, New York City, Newark, Peoria, Philadelphia, Rhode Island (statewide), San Diego, and Toledo. LISC AmeriCorps members are involved with everything from community safety and education to housing, health and employment programs. LISC Rhode Island invites local non-profit partners to submit an application to host an AmeriCorps member. Members are funded through our national LISC AmeriCorps program via an application to the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). LISC Rhode Island has 5 full-time members (for terms beginning on October 1, 2014 and continue through July 31, 2105) and 2 quarter-time 450-hour (term is flexible) available to invest in our neighborhoods. View the 2014-2015 application

LISC Awards $438,830 to Four Rhode Island Financial Opportunity Centers

LISC recently awarded $438,830 to three organizations to operate Financial Opportunity Centers (FOC) for a 4th year.  The FOCs are located at Amos House, The Genesis Center and Providence Housing Authority in Providence, and Family Resources Community Action in Woonsocket.

FOCs implement an integrated service delivery model.  Clients receive services in three key areas: Financial coaching and training, employment coaching and training and assistance accessing public benefits.

The three services are bundled, creating a multi-faceted approach to income and wealth building that helps people change their financial behavior in ways that encourage a long-term commitment to increasing income, decreasing expenses and acquiring assets. 68% of clients who receive all three services achieve a key financial outcome such as an increase in credit score, an increase in net income and/or an increase in net worth.

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