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


$25,000 / 2024 / Health and Human Services

In support of general operations to serve Baltimore City youth, with a focus on Black girls and LGBTQ+ youth.

Baltimore Urban Baseball Association (BUBA)

$25,000 / 2024 / Health and Human Services

In support of general operations to provide Baltimore youth with free baseball and softball training.

Center for Urban Families Inc.

$300,000 / 2024 / Workforce Development

In support of CFUF’s Economic Success programming for Baltimore residents to access and retain meaningful employment and create intergenerational wealth and family achievement.

Civil Justice Inc.

$100,000 / 2024 / Community Development

In support of the Tenant Debt Collection Defense Project to provide education, outreach, advocacy, and representation to low- and moderate-income Baltimore City tenant households that are sued after being evicted by rental property owners.

Climate Access Fund Corporation

$80,000 / 2024 / Community Development

In support of staffing and expanding capacity to reduce energy burdens through community solar projects in historically disinvested communities.

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