Amiel and Mary Anne Zak Public Service Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving Accepting Applications for 2023

Applications being accepted until Friday, March 3. 

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is accepting applications for grants of up to $25,000 each through the Amiel and Mary Anne Zak Public Service Fund. Approximately $75,000 will be awarded to community-based organizations, civic associations, volunteer groups and public agencies. Over the past 20 years, $1,424,395.00 has been awarded through 165 grants from the fund. In 2022, $85,211.00 in grant funding was awarded to 10 local projects.


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

The application deadline is Friday, March 3, 2023. 

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 and Mary Anne Zak Public Service Fund, formerly known as 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 elected not to fund important community needs and the purpose of this Fund is to help in those cases.