Lending Collaborations

The Francis Fund for Southeastern Connecticut

Francis Fund for Southeastern Connecticut logo

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


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

CISA (community involved in sustaining agriculture) logo

Equity Trust provides pro bono 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. Equity Trust also participates on the  Loan Review Committee  for the fund. Since Hurricane …