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More Than $960,000 Has Been Awarded From 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 5 and 10 grants will be awarded during 2018 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 of Suffield. • Inspire community spirit by motivating citizens to feel connected to, and responsible for, their community.

For example, in 2017 more than $68,000 in grant funding was awarded to six projects. Grants included $2,000 for the Suffield Historical Society to support a computerized collection management system and software for the King House Museum, $4,375 to the Town of Suffield toward the purchase of a new indoor scoreboard for the high school, $7,000 to Oak Hill (Connecticut Institute for the Blind) to support the renovation of a bathroom at the Suffield group home, $20,000 for the Suffield Police Department to support the creation of a training and community room, and a $25,000 to the Suffield Volunteer Ambulance Association for the purchase of a new Ferno iNSX patient stretcher for use in a new ambulance.

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 9.

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 $960,000 has been awarded through 113 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 $199,000 since 2002 to 16 students from Suffield High School.

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