Zak Grants Requests Sought

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More Than $899,000 has been awarded from the Zak Public Service Fund.

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is accepting applications for grants of up to $25,000 each through the Amiel P. Zak Public Service Fund. Between five and ten grants will be awarded during 2017 to community-based organizations, civic associations, volunteer groups, and public agencies.

The successful project will demonstrate two or more of the following elements:

• Expand resources for residents of Suffield.

• Improve the quality of life for residents of Suffield.

• Promote community service in the town or the surrounding area.

• Inspire community spirit by motivating citizens to feel connected to, and responsible for, their community.

For example, in 2016 more than $75,000 in grant funding was awarded to nine projects. Grants included $1,880 to Suffield Elementary PTO for Civil War Day at McAlister Intermediate School, $25,000 to the Suffield Little League for the reinstallation of ball field fencing, $8,170 to the Suffield Firemen’s Association for the 20th anniversary of the Suffield Fireman’s Race, and $7,264 to Emergency Aid Association, Inc. for a program they have created called PILOT (Promoting Independent Learning of Online Technology)

For eligibility criteria and application procedures, interested organizations should contact Betty Ann Grady, Development Officer at the Hartford Foundation, at 860-548-1888, x1055, or The application deadline is February 5, 2017.

The Amiel P. Zak Public Service Fund was established in 2002 by Michael Zak to honor the service of his late father, who was a teacher at Suffield High School for 35 years and served on numerous town boards as well as many civic and public associations.

Each year the Hartford Foundation invites grant proposals designed to improve the quality of life for the residents of Suffield. More than $899,000 has been awarded through 107 grants since the Amiel P. Zak Public Service Fund was begun in 2002.

In addition, the Amiel P. Zak Scholarship Fund at the Hartford Foundation has awarded college scholarships totaling more than $183,000 since 2002 to 15 students from Suffield High School.

For more information about the Hartford Foundation for Public Sharing visit or call 860-548-1888.

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