The Abell Foundation awards grants to nonprofit community partners working to improve the quality of life in Baltimore. We provide seed funding for innovative pilots, support for ongoing community programs and services, and funding for capital projects. In addition to providing grant funding, the Foundation supports our nonprofit partners through connection to our local and national networks, as well as our team’s deep experience in and knowledge of Baltimore as it relates to our program areas.

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Considering Applying?

First-time applicants with grant requests greater than $10,000 should reach out to an Abell staff member to discuss their idea or submit a short letter of inquiry prior to submitting a regular grant application.

Ready to Apply for a Small Grant?

For first-time or returning applicants with grant requests of $10,000 or less. We accept and review small grant applications on a rolling basis. There is no deadline to apply for a small grant.

Ready to Apply for a Regular Grant?

For returning applicants and those who have a verified fit with the Foundation’s priorities for requests greater than $10,000. Regular grant applications are reviewed at one of five Board meetings each year.

Returning to a Saved Application or Submitting a Report?

Log into the grant portal below to return to a saved application or submit a report for a previously awarded grant. Report forms can be found under the “Requirements” tab.

See Our Past Grants

29th Street Community Center Inc.

$80,000 / 2022 / Health and Human Services

In support of the 29th Street Community Center’s capital campaign and renovation.

Active Social Communities Inc. DBA Volo Kids Foundation

$25,000 / 2022 / Health and Human Services

In support of expanding Volo Kids’ youth sports programs in the Belair-Edison and Cherry Hill neighborhoods.

Aequo Foundation Inc.

$30,000 / 2022 / Community Development

In support of homebuyer incentives for three houses developed by Black, brown, immigrant, and/or women developers as part of a revitalization strategy in the Hollins Market neighborhood.

Baltimore Brew, Fiscally Sponsored by Fusion Partnerships Inc.

$110,000 / 2022 / Community Development

In support of staffing and operational expenses for continued reporting on issues facing City residents.

Baltimore Corps

$50,000 / 2022 / Community Development

In support of staffing costs associated with Kiva Baltimore’s expansion and increased demand for small and micro-business consultation.

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