Community Investment

Community Investment

Farm/Food Preservation Microloan Program

Thames Valley Sustainable Connections, Inc. is gathering the requirements to offer SE CT food producers with small loans to expand their farming and food production business. The loans would be available to farm/food production businesses that have been in business for at least 3 to 5 years.

We are planning to partner with an economic development organization and are interested in determining the need in SE CT for such a program.

For more information email or call 860-439-0016.

Thank you!

Thames Valley Sustainable Connections, Inc. Community Capital Program

TVSC spotlights one or more Greater New London projects which warrant our support and advocacy. This year we are working diligently with the Hodges Square Village Association to revitalize Hodges Square Village.

The Association has made great strides in their effort. However there projects need as much community and surrounding area support as we can muster.

We hope you’ll agree and support them by finding out more and perhaps donating whatever you can in funds and/or time to making this area the gem that it once was to the fabric of New London. (Donations come under TVSC, so they are tax deductible):

Hodges Square Village Sign

For more information: Hodges Square Village


TVSC is committed to advocating, advising and providing community investment workshops and solution options. We believe that such investment is critical in creating resilient communities and local living economies.

TVSC focuses on the key assets or capital, some of which is overlooked by traditional economic developers. These are Financial Captial, Built Capital, Human Capital, Civic Capital, Natural Capital, and Cultural Capital. All of these provide the basis for capacity building and nurturing a sustainable living economy.

“These Neighbors Got Together to Buy Vacant Buildings. Now They’re Renting to Bakers and Brewers” From Yes Magazine Jan. 2016

This article was produced by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, as part of its Community-Scaled Economy Initiative, which produces research and partners with a range of allies to implement public policies that curb economic consolidation and strengthen locally owned enterprise.

Some of community investment options include:

Community Loan Funds

Municipal bond Finance (Slow Money is prototyping these possibillities in its Slow)


Community Foundation

Investor Network

Angel Recruiters

Small Stock Creation

Local Stock Exchange

Investment Circles (No Small Potatoes Investment Club)

Community Partnership Lending

Community Economic Development Fund

Community Development Corporations (CDCs)

Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs)

Community Land Trusts (CLTs)