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In Baltimore And In Maryland.

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Applying for Funding

The Abell Foundation is committed to promoting the development of fuller human potential and achievement of self-sufficiency through educational opportunities.

The Abell Foundation is dedicated to the enhancement of the quality of life in Maryland, with a focus on Baltimore City.  The Foundation is committed to improving the lives of underserved populations by supporting innovative, results-oriented efforts to solve systemic social, economic, and environmental problems. 

Schedule

The Foundation’s Board of Trustees considers grant requests five times a year.  Deadlines for grant submissions are typically six weeks in advance of board meetings. 

The schedule of board meetings and proposal deadlines for 2017 is as follows:

Proposal Deadline Board Meeting
January 5 March 1
March 1 April 25
May 1 June 21
August 1  September 21
October 9 December 7
   

If a deadline falls on a weekend or a holiday, applications will be accepted on the following business day.

Please note that the above schedule applies to grant requests in excess of $5,000.  We accept grant requests of $5,000 or less (“small grants”) on a rolling basis.

Application Process

The Foundation accepts requests for programs serving disadvantaged communities, with a particular focus on Baltimore City.  Nonprofit organizations must be designated by the IRS as 501c3 and 509a organizations.  Applicants must include a copy of their latest IRS determination letter and federal tax identification number (EIN).

For Grant Requests Greater than $5,000:

Step 1:  Letter of Inquiry

The Foundation requests that applications for new grants in excess of $5,000 are initiated by providing a letter of inquiry.  A letter of inquiry should include:

  • Description of project;
  • Amount requested;
  • Total budget:
  • Population served.

A letter of inquiry is NOT necessary if the grantee has previously applied, or if contact has been made with the President, Vice President, or relevant Program Officer first to ensure that the proposed project meets the Foundation’s criteria.

A letter of inquiry is also NOT necessary if the grant amount requested is $5,000 or less.  These small grants are considered on a rolling basis.

Please submit your letter of inquiry by email to abell@abell.org or mail a hard copy to:

Robert C. Embry, Jr., President
Abell Foundation
111 South Calvert Street, Suite 2300
Baltimore, MD  21202

Step 2: Application

If the Foundation is interested in reviewing the project described in the letter of inquiry, the applicant will receive an invitation to complete a more detailed application. 

Applications should be completed online. 

Click here to complete a report or return to a saved application

If you do not have access to the Internet, please mail a hard copy of your application with attachments to:

Robert C. Embry, Jr., President
Abell Foundation
111 South Calvert Street, Suite 2300
Baltimore, Maryland 21202   

For Small Grant Requests ($5,000 or less):

The Abell Foundation is dedicated to the enhancement of the quality of life in Maryland, with a focus on Baltimore City.  The Foundation is committed to improving the lives of underserved populations by supporting innovative, results-oriented efforts to solve systemic social, economic, and environmental problems. 

Please complete our online application.

Click here to complete a report or return to a saved application. 

If you do not have access to the Internet, please mail a hard copy of your application with attachments to:

Robert C. Embry, Jr., President
Abell Foundation
111 S. Calvert Street, Suite 2300
Baltimore, Maryland 21202   

Please also note that the Abell Foundation has a policy of covering universities’ indirect costs at a maximum rate of 10 percent of the total project cost.  The Foundation considers indirect costs to include overhead expenses or ongoing operational costs that are not easily identified with the specific project being proposed.  Such costs might include expenses related to existing facilities, utilities, equipment, insurance, communications, administrative office supplies, and general administrative support.

Review Process

Once the proposal has been received, a program officer may contact you with questions about your proposal and/or request a site visit. 

The Abell Foundation encourages grant applications that show promise of having a substantial impact on the organization's beneficiaries and on its growth and stability. Consideration is also given to applications for grants that provide creative responses to pressing community needs, strengthen the operational base to ensure more effective and efficient delivery of services and demonstrate potential for stimulating new sources of financial support.

The Foundation selects projects to be awarded grants based on the following criteria:

  • a well-articulated mission;
  • demonstration of need and clearly defined goals and objectives;
  • potential to take innovative approaches to solving problems;
  • ability to demonstrate impact by providing measurable results;
  • capacity to advance knowledge base in field;
  • enhancement of opportunities for beneficiaries to improve their quality of life;
  • enhancement of efficiency and effectiveness of services;
  • internal capacity to achieve expected goals; and
  • evidence of strong financial stability and ability to leverage other sources of funding.

The Foundation regrets that its resources are limited and that it is not able to support all good ideas and worthy proposals.

Notification of Decision

Applicants will be notified of the decision made by the Board of Trustees within a week of the board meeting.  We respectfully request no inquiries about grant status before notification is received.

We receive many worthy grant requests and unfortunately cannot fund all of them.  The Foundation has a policy of not reviewing repeat proposals for the same project (whether funded or not) within a calendar year.  An organization is welcome to submit multiple proposals for different projects during the same year.

Reporting Requirements

Once the grant has been awarded, the Foundation will monitor the progress of the project during the grant period to ensure that stated goals and objectives are being met. 

When the Foundation awards a grant, the recipient may be asked to submit an interim report to the Foundation that includes a narrative of the progress of the project, an accounting of funds expended to date, and notice of any substantial changes from the original request. Interim Reports may be submitted by regular mail, email, or by clicking on the link below.

Following project implementation, a grant recipient will be asked to submit a post-grant report, including a final progress report, an accounting of expenditures and an evaluation of the effectiveness of the project. Please complete your interim or final grant report here or mail hard copy to:

Robert C. Embry, Jr., President
Abell Foundation
Suite 2300
111 S. Calvert Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202-6174   
Fax: 410-539-6579

Please note that if the grant recipient wishes to issue a press release related to the grant, the Foundation requests that the recipient review any material with the Foundation prior to distribution.