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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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 / 2022 / Community Development

In support of staff and operational costs for the Campaign for Citywide Service, an effort to respond to the needs and challenges facing the city and its residents who are looking for meaningful and emerging employment opportunities.

Baltimore Robotics League, Fiscally Sponsored by Fund for Educational Excellence

$100,000 / 2022 / Education

In support of coach stipends, equipment costs, and tournament fees for the Baltimore Robotics League, a citywide initiative providing competitive robotics to nearly 500 students.

Banner Neighborhoods Community Corporation

$20,000 / 2022 / Community Development

In support of staffing and programming costs for seven nonprofit organizations based in Southeast Baltimore that are employing summer YouthWorks participants to build skills, increase job and career readiness, and encourage leadership potential.

B’more for Healthy Babies, Fiscally Sponsored by Baltimore Civic Fund

$30,000 / 2022 / Health and Human Services

In support of strengthening B’more for Healthy Babies’ outreach, referral, and client engagement strategies. These efforts are aimed at improving the health of Baltimore’s most vulnerable pregnant women and children, and reducing racial disparities in maternal and infant health outcomes.

Building STEPS, Inc.

$30,546 / 2022 / Education

In support of STEM workshops, college advising, STEM-related internships, and college-directed programming provided to students in the Building STEPS program.

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