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

Baltimore Corps

$125,000 / 2023 / Community Development

In support of staff and operational costs for year two of the Campaign for Citywide Service, an effort to respond to the needs and challenges facing Baltimore City and provide residents with meaningful employment opportunities in public health. Funds will also support costs associated with strengthening the network of resources for social innovators in Baltimore.

Baltimore Green Justice Workers Cooperative, Fiscally Sponsored by Project Millions More Movement Baltimore Inc.

$50,000 / 2023 / Workforce Development

In support of capacity building for the Baltimore Green Justice Workers Collaborative to launch a pilot program to train 20 Baltimore City residents ages 25+ for entry-level jobs in the wind industry.

Baltimore Neighborhood Development Corporation, Fiscally Sponsored by ReBUILD Metro

$100,000 / 2023 / Community Development

In support of implementing the Whole Blocks, Whole City report through creation of a Special Purpose Entity, vacant property policy advances, and promotion of a larger resource base to match the scope of the challenge.

Baltimore Outreach Services Inc.

$25,000 / 2023 / Health and Human Services

In support of general operations for Baltimore Outreach Services, which provides emergency shelter and supportive services for homeless women and children in Baltimore City.

Beloved Community Services Corporation

$250,000 / 2023 / Criminal Justice and Addiction

In support of restoring the Juanita Jackson Mitchell Law Center to serve as the new home for the ROAR Center, which will provide victim services and legal assistance in the community.

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