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.

Learn More About Our Process

Submit an Application

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

Baltimore Community ToolBank

$40,000 / 2024 / Community Development

In support of general operating support to maintain core staffing and service delivery to partner organizations.

Baltimore Urban Leadership Foundation aka The Door

$25,000 / 2024 / Health and Human Services

In support of general operations for The Door Community Center, including food distribution, youth development, and community education programs for residents of East Baltimore.

Baltimore Youth Arts, Fiscally Sponsored by Fusion Partnerships Inc.

$30,000 / 2024 / Criminal Justice and Addiction

In support of BYA’s programming, which aims to help young people gain the creative, personal, and educational skills needed to become leaders in their communities.

Blue Water Baltimore Inc.

$40,000 / 2024 / Environment

In support of general operations, decreasing pollutants in Baltimore’s waterways, and building climate equity and resiliency among Baltimore City communities.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore

$100,000 / 2024 / Health and Human Services

In support of construction costs for the Baltimore Ravens Boys & Girls Club at Hilton Recreation Center.

Header photo courtesy of Thread.