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The Zayas Law Fund for Arts and Education

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is accepting applications for grants through the Zayas Law Fund for Arts and Education.

In December 2020, the Zayas Law Fund for Arts and Education, a donor-advised fund, was established at the Foundation with a $200,000 gift by Attorney Richard Zayas the founder of the Zayas Law Firm. Since 2020, the Fund supported 30 projects supporting youth involved in arts and cultural programming totaling $61,869. For 2024, the projected allocation to grant out in the community is $28,000.

The fund supports arts and cultural youth activities involving the visual and performing arts; painting, sculpture, music, theater, literature or innovation in the creative and cultural sectors. Community-based organizations, civic associations, volunteer groups and public agencies are invited to submit proposals for grants of $250 and up for projects that will allow (K – 12) students attending public schools in the Hartford, Bridgeport, and New Haven regions who may lack the resources to engage in these vital activities.

Application Submission Criteria & Guidelines

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  • Applicants may be a student, parent, family member, teacher or community leader. If approved, the award will be coordinated through a qualified entity 
  • Applicants may be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, however, 509(a)(3) charities and private foundations are not eligible 
  • Organizations that are not a 501(c)(3) charity may use a fiscal sponsor 


  • Requests must be $250 and above 
  • Zayas Awards are considered annually in May and awarded in June 
  • There is no guarantee for funding and requests may receive only partial funding 
  • A report by the student and/or fiscal sponsor is required within a year of funding. Photos are encouraged.

Application Process & Timeline

Applicants can submit a funding request by using the application form using the link below offered in both Spanish and English. Organizations applying are required to submit a project budget and 2024-25 program budget. Please include additional and pending funding sources. Click here to download the project budget template.

Please email your application to no later than Wednesday, May 8, 2024, for consideration. You will be notified of a decision within five weeks of submission.

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