Zayas Law Fund for Arts & Education Put Nearly 45 Years of Combined Experience In Your Corner

The Zayas Law Fund for Arts and Education

The Zayas Law Fund for Arts and Education will support youth activities involving the visual and performing arts, including innovation in the creative and cultural sectors.

The fund will focus on youth from greater Hartford, Bridgeport and New Haven. Zayas Law Firm founder Richard Zayas created the fund based on his own interest in the arts, specifically Caribbean music - his greatest passion after practicing the law.

“We are inspired by the opportunities and joy that music and art education and experiences provide to all young musicians and artists, their families and their communities,” said Zayas. “We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Hartford Foundation as we seek to support youth in their pursuit of art and music education and experiences by eliminating financial barriers that may exist.”

Are you a student who dreams of playing an instrument, singing, creating art, writing or acting, but you lack that one ingredient – a musical instrument, lessons or materials?

If yes, a Zayas Award may be just what you need! In December 2020, the Zayas Law Firm of Hartford and Bridgeport created the Zayas Law Fund for Arts and Education to support arts and cultural youth activities involving the visual and performing arts; painting, sculpture, music, theater, literature or innovation in the creative and cultural sectors. The fund will support youth (K – 12) attending public schools in Greater Hartford, Greater Bridgeport, Greater New Haven and beyond who may lack the resources to engage in these vital activities.


  • 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 June and awarded in July.
  • 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 and Timeline

Please answer the following form and complete the funding narrative, which should include all budget/pricing details. Please complete this form no later than Monday, June 14, 2021 for consideration in the 2021 cycle. You will be notified of our decision within four weeks of submission. Please click here to donate online to the Zayas Law Fund for Arts and Education. If you prefer to complete the Word Document version of the application form use this link to download the form.

Haga clic aquí para donar en línea al Fondo de la Ley Zayas para las Artes y la Educación. Si prefiere completar la versión de documento de Word del formulario de solicitud, use este enlace para descargar el formulario.

Put Over 44 Years of Combined Experience on Your Side

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    Richard Zayas
    Attorney Zayas, the founder of Zayas Law Firm, has been practicing law in the Hartford area since 1990 and has represented thousands of victims in accident cases such as motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, and medical malpractice.
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    Maximiliano Zayas
    Attorney Maximiliano Zayas joined Attorney Richard Zayas in November 2007. He is a strong believer in helping the injured receive fair compensation for injuries and losses suffered due to the negligence of others.
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    Melissa Vazquez-Sanchez
    Bio coming soon!

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