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COVID-19 Update & Resources

As we collectively struggle with the social, economic, and health impacts of COVID-19, many organizations in our networks are working to provide information and resources to address a wide range of needs. Equity Trust staff will be keeping the resource list below updated, and we encourage you to reach out if you need assistance.

Resources for Farmers 

National Young Farmers Coalition’s COVID-19 Resources: searchable by state and topic – BIPOC, education, Español, financial, food safety, healthcare, mapping, marketing, mental health, policy advocacy, webinars and calls (national)

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalitions’s COVID-19 Resources: resources from members and allies to mitigate the challenges facing farms during this crisis – financial, webinars, BIPOC, farmworkers, food safety, governmental, regional, and more (national)

Food and Land Sovereignty Resource List for COVID-19: mutual aid, online learning, financial assistance, mental health, articles, and more, compiled by Soul Fire Farm, Black Farmer Fund, and Northeast Farmers of Color (NY and national)

Massachusetts Food System Collaborative’s Resources for Urban Agriculture: guidance for urban farms and community gardens, case studies of urban ag organizations responding to COVID, and funding opportunities (MA and beyond)

Farm and Food System Resources for COVID-19 from Land for Good: for farmers (owners, managers, and workers), for adapting your farm businessfor farm financial support (emergency and non-), for policymakers and advocates, and for stress and wellness (national) and state resources and networks (New England)

Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture’s Emergency Farm Fund: check CISA’s site for announcement of the next round of applications (Pioneer Valley, MA) Note: Equity Trust is part of the Loan Review Committee. 

Housing Resources 

Ground Solutions Network’s COVID-19 Related Resources: links to information, resources, services, and programs for housing organizations (national) 

National Low Income Housing Coalitions’ Housing and Homelessness Resources on COVID-19: Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition webinars, congressional recommendations and calls to action, materials, policy and guidance, state and local news, and more (national)

Eviction and Foreclosure Moratoriums: state and local updates from NLIHC (national)

Our Homes, Our Health: a new website/resource created by PolicyLink along with national grassroots housing justice networks Center for Popular Democracy, People’s Action, Partnership for Working Families, and Right to the City/Homes For all – provides policy summaries, model ordinances, and opportunities to take action to protect renters and low-income homeowners during this crisis, and solutions to build a more equitable and just housing system coming out of it.  (national, with state and local campaign links)

The Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC)’s template letter: modify to send to your landlord requesting stay of eviction or suspension of rent (sample from CA)

Resources for Co-ops

U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives’ COVID-19 Resources: resources for worker cooperatives, small businesses, and individuals (national)

Cooperative Fund of New England’s COVID-19 Resources: emergency loans (northeast) and other resources (national)

Cooperative Development Institute’s COVID-19 Stimulus Relief Guide: information for small business loans, unemployment for employees and employers, and assistance for freelancers, self-employed, and independent contractors (national, with links for northeast states)

Solidarity responses and organizing

Pathways to a People’s Economy’s #NoGoingBack: recorded discussion of the COVID-19 policies we need to transform this system for good 

New Economy Coalition’s COVID-19 Emergency Funding Sources: list of resource kits, funds, and more (international, with regional links)

How you can help

Assist Equity Trust Fund borrowers struggling with the economic impact of the coronavirus 

#ShareMyCheck campaigns: take Resource Generation’s pledge to donate your stimulus check to those who need it most / redistribute your stimulus check to support grassroots solidarity economy organizing during the COVID-19 crisis & beyond with the New Economy Movement Support Fund

Common Good’s mutual aid website: post and view offers and needs 

Funds supporting Native American communities:

First Nations Development Institute’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

Decolonizing Wealths’ Native American Community Response Fund

Funds supporting workers:

Jobs with Justice’s Worker Solidarity Fund

National Day Laborer Organizing Network’s Immigrant Worker Safety Net Fund

Support for farmers:

Farm and Food System Resources for COVID-19 from Land for Good includes information on how to buy direct from local farms, where to find farms to support (New England), and a variety of farm relief efforts to support.

American Farmland Trust’s Farmer Relief Fund: support farmers directly impacted by the crisis

Sustainable Agriculture and Food System Funders’ COVID-19 Philanthropic Response and Recovery Funds: focus on the food and agriculture system