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Lending Collaborations

The Black Family Land Trust

The Black Family Land Trust

The Black Family Land Trust (BFLT) is a conservation land trust working primarily in the Southeastern United States to help African American and other historically underserved landowners preserve and protect land assets, critical for enabling opportunity and economic security for Black families today and into the future.  It is estimated that the number of acres of rural land owned by …

The Francis Fund for Southeastern Connecticut

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The Francis Fund supports and promotes a sustainable, just, regional economy in southeastern Connecticut.  As a revolving community loan fund we help our neighbors invest in financially sustainable non-profit and for profit organizations that meet the needs of our community, create new opportunities, and restore the land to health.

The Francis Fund was established in 2010 as a partnership between …

PVGrows Investment Fund

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Equity Trust is a participating lender in the PVGrows Investment Fund (PVGIF), a collaborative project bringing together agricultural non-profits, community lenders, government agencies, and local foundations to strengthen farm and local food businesses throughout the Pioneer Valley in western Massachusetts. PVGIF provides financing and technical assistance to local farm and food businesses through community investments and offers an investment vehicle …

CISA Emergency Farm Fund

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Equity Trust provides fund administration for the Emergency Farm Fund, a zero-interest emergency loan fund set up in October 2011 by Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) in response to the damage suffered by farms in western Massachusetts due to Hurricane Irene.  We also participate on the Loan Review Committee for the fund, evaluating applications for assistance.

Since that …