Fair Finance Fund 2019: Update and First Impacts

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Kipling Ridge Farms family with first fruit trees

The Fair Finance Fund continues to accept loan applications on a revolving basis as long as funds are available — let them know right away if you are thinking of applying! The investment campaign is also ongoing to May 2020, with interest rates from 2-4% until then.

The Fair Finance Fund was launched as a pilot in November 2018, and as a fully operational
revolving loan fund in April 2019. Since then, the team has issued loans to entrepreneurs in the
local food and farm sector and raised money through grants and community bonds. The Fund is committed to making a difference through more resilient food systems, climate adaptation and resilience in Ontario’s food systems, and by creating a place for people and foundations to invest in their beliefs.

The Fund’s first six months:

  1. $145,377 in loans issued so far
  2. Assets Under Management currently: $675,377 with another $200,000 in the pipeline
  3. Targets: 10-15 loans annually
  4. $850,000 additional revenues in Ontario’s economy
  5. $4 impact for every dollar invested
  6. 1 new job per $20,000 in loans
  7. Environmental benefits: reduced food miles, improved water and energy use, improved
    soil health and biodiversity

To get involved, you can:

  • Apply for a loan through the two-page preliminary application
  • Invest in the Fund
  • Join the Loan Review Committee or Board
  • Join the group of mentors supporting loan clients

Visit the Fair Finance Fund website for more information, or contact them at info@fairfinancefund.org.