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Applications accepted for personal loans up to $10,000 and business loans up to $15,000


Jewish Free Loan Fund Testimonial:

“After I took out the loan, I had the freedom to upscale my business more after paying off the credit card; and it got me to where I am today. I have about 4 - 5 investors interested in investing in my company. The Jewish Free Loan Fund has changed my life in a very real way. I will always remember what the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford did for me. And hopefully, I will even be able to pay the loan off early due to my success.”

Are you in a financial bind? Do you need help to pay medical or legal bills, send your children to day school, or keep your small business afloat?

Local Jewish community members now have a new place to turn: the Jewish Free Loan Fund of Greater Hartford. It provides interest-free loans to help you overcome financial hurdles and seize new opportunities with dignity and confidentiality.

Personal Loans

  • Loans up to $10,000 per household are now available
  • Uses include but are not limited to: home repairs, vehicle repairs and purchases, credit card consolidation, moving expenses, legal fees, medical/dental expenses, insurance, income/property taxes, funeral expenses, living expenses, job re-training, Jewish day school tuition, education, child care/camp, adoptions/in vitro fertilization, bar and bat mitzvah celebrations

Small Business Loans

  • Loans up to $15,000 per business are now available
  • Uses include but are not limited to: operating costs, marketing expenses, equipment, and COVID-19 related supplies and upgrades

Who Is Eligible

To apply for a loan, you must:

  • Be a member of a Connecticut Jewish household or business in which one person identifies themselves as Jewish (click here for eligible towns) or be an employee of a Connecticut Jewish agency or synagogue for at least 6 months;
  • Be at least 21 years of age;
  • Be employed, in search of employment, and/or have other sources of income, such as government assistance or retirement income sufficient to service the loan.
  • Have a bank account for automatic monthly loan repayments.
  • Provide qualified guarantors (minimimum of 1 per personal loan and 2 per business loan).

How to Apply

To apply for an interest-free loan, you'll submit an application, meet with a Jewish Free Loan staff member, and obtain qualified guarantors.

  1. Familiarize yourself with the application form first, so you'll know what documents to gather. You can view or download a PDF of the form here.
  2. When you have gathered all the supporting materials, please email JewishFreeLoan@jewishhartford.org to request a digital application.

Learn More

For more information, for questions about the application, or to donate to the Jewish Free Loan Fund, email us at JewishFreeLoan@jewishhartford.org