Amiel P. Zak Public Service Fund at the Hartford Foundation Accepting Applications for Suffield Programs

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Applications being accepted until Friday, March 4, information session scheduled for February

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. Approximately $78,000 will be awarded to community-based organizations, civic associations, volunteer groups and public agencies. Over the past 19 years, $1,339,184 has been awarded through 152 grants from Amiel P. Zak Public Service Fund. In 2021, $80,754 ingrant funding was awarded to 11 local projects. 

Information Session

Interested nonprofit organizations are invited to an online informational meeting on February 15, 2022 via Zoom. The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving will be present information on the Amiel P. Zak Public Service Fund and answer questions on the application process.

Please click the link below to register for the information session. Attendance is not required to apply.


Each year the Hartford Foundation invites grant proposals designed to improve the quality of life for the residents of Suffield.  Interested organizations should contact Betty Ann Grady, Senior Development Officer at the Hartford Foundation, at for the application link. 

The application deadline is Friday, March 4, 2022. 

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. 

The Amiel P. Zak Public Service Fund has a long history of supporting programs that benefit the community of Suffield. Established in 2002 by Michael Zak to honor the service of his late father, a teacher at Suffield High School for 35 years and who also served on numerous town boards as well as many civic and public associations. According to Michael, his father often expressed frustration when the town did not have the budget to meet what he considered important community needs.  

            The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is the community foundation for Hartford and 28 surrounding towns. Through partnerships, the Foundation seeks to strengthen communities in Greater Hartford by putting philanthropy in action to dismantle structural racism and achieve equity in social and economic mobility. Made possible by the gifts of generous individuals, families and organizations, the Foundation has awarded grants of more than $849 million since its founding in 1925. For more information, visit or call 860-548-1888.

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