The Foundation funds 501(c)(3) or 509a nonprofit organizations, government agencies, or fiscally sponsored projects serving Baltimore City. In some cases, the Foundation will award grants to organizations that serve as fiscal sponsors for other projects or organizations. The Foundation can not provide funding to individuals.
The Foundation’s programs of interest include community development, education, health and human services, workforce development, criminal justice and addiction, environment, and arts. Within these areas, the Foundation provides seed funding, support for ongoing community programs and services, general operating support, and funding for capital projects, research, and program-related investments.
The Foundation typically does not fund higher education institutions, medical facilities, individual scholarships, fellowships, sponsorships, deficit financing, endowments, or travel.
501(c)(3) refers to the section of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code that defines an organization as a tax-exempt, nonprofit entity. For more information about the code and how to obtain a 501(c)(3) designation, click here. Applicants are also welcome to apply for funding in partnership with a fiscal sponsor with nonprofit tax status and will be required to submit evidence of that partnership through a memorandum of understanding.
We are happy to answer any questions you may have about our grant application, but we do not offer assistance with the grant writing process.
Please contact Robert C. Embry, Jr., President.
The Foundation considers small grant requests of $10,000 or less on a rolling basis. There is no deadline to apply, and you do not need to speak with a Foundation staff member or submit an LOI in order to submit a small grant request. See more information about our small grants process here.
For new grant requests greater than $10,000, we recommend you speak with a staff member to discuss your idea, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with a short LOI addressed to Robert C. Embry, Jr., President. Your letter of inquiry should include:
We will reach out to you via email to let you know if the project fits within our scope and areas of interest. To learn more about applying under our regular grants process, click here.
We encourage you to use our grant portal for all application submissions. To access the appropriate links for starting a new application and returning to a saved application, please visit our Grants page.
Our grant portal has separate links for starting a new application and returning to a saved application.
To start a new application, please use one of these links, depending on the size of your request:
Once you have started and saved your application, you can use this link (likely the page you’re looking at now) to return to your saved application.
You can always refer back to the Grants page of our website to find those links in the future.
We do not require a letter of inquiry if you have previously applied to the Foundation, or if you have been in contact with the president or a program officer to ensure that the proposed project meets the Foundation’s criteria. We also do not require letters of inquiry for grant requests of $10,000 or less. We consider these small grants on a rolling basis and there are no deadlines for small grant applications.
You can expect to receive a response from the Foundation 7-10 days after submitting an LOI. If you have not received a response from the Foundation after 10 days, please email us at email@example.com.
Please read about How We Fund for information about our small and regular grant application processes.
The Foundation reviews small grant requests of $10,000 or less on a rolling basis. The Board reviews regular grant requests greater than $10,000 five times each year. You can find the submission deadlines for these meetings here and on our homepage. You can expect to receive a decision notification email the week of the meeting. If you have not heard from us within a week of the meeting date, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Abell Foundation funds projects based on their individual merit. Therefore, if your organization is currently receiving funding from the Foundation, or if you have a proposal under consideration, you are welcome to submit an additional proposal for a different project.
The Foundation will only review a single submission for the same project within a calendar year.
You must wait until the next calendar year to reapply for funding for the same project. You may submit a funding request for a new or different project right away.
The Foundation is unable to fund every request for funding we receive. In an average year, we are able to fund approximately one in four proposals. Our focus on initiatives in Baltimore City also limits our ability to fund proposals submitted from other geographic areas.
Please submit your interim and post-grant reports by logging into our grant portal and clicking the “Requirements” tab on the top left of your screen. If you do not see your reports, please contact us at email@example.com – we likely missed a step in publishing your reports to the web.
Please check your spam/junk folder. If you do not receive a password reset email after 10 minutes, please contact our grants team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the Foundation’s grant portal, applications and requirements are associated with and only visible to the set of login credentials used at the time of submission. For larger organizations, it is common for a grant application to be submitted in the portal by one team member and for another team member to need access at a later time. In order to transfer the submission to a new email address, please contact our grants team at email@example.com.
If you do not see your reports after logging into our our grant portal and clicking the “Requirements” tab on the top left of your screen, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org – we likely missed a step in publishing your reports to the web.
You are always welcome to include us in any donor listings or recognition materials as “Abell Foundation.” As a general rule, we prefer any publicity to focus on the work (for example, the individuals served, what the program is and how it operates, and outcomes/impact) rather than the particular Abell Foundation grant award. We also request the opportunity to review any press releases or communications that mention the Foundation in advance.
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