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

Byte Back

$100,000 / 2022 / Workforce Development

In support of free digital literacy training for 100 low-income adults in Baltimore. By helping these adults master fundamental computer skills and Microsoft applications, Byte Back aims to help program graduates to earn IT certifications and secure jobs in IT.

Civic Works, Inc.

$200,000 / 2022 / Community Development

In support of staffing for Civic Works’ Energy Programs, which offer weatherization, home energy efficiency, and health and safety improvements to low- and moderate-income households. Services are provided at no cost through state implementation funding and local utility rebates.

CollegeBound Foundation, Inc.

$100,000 / 2022 / Education

In support of the CollegeBound Finishers’ Fund for graduates of Baltimore City Schools. The Finishers’ Fund is designed to address emergency needs for students who experience a sudden change in financial aid or are “near-completers” looking to return to college.

The Community School

$25,000 / 2022 / Education

In support of the academic and mentoring program at The Community School. The Community School is a state-certified, non-public school that provides individualized academics and mentoring for high school students who require an alternative educational route.

Food & Water Watch

$30,000 / 2022 / Health and Human Services

In support of Food & Water Watch’s efforts to ensure the effective implementation of the “Water4All Affordability Program,” a percentage-of-income water assistance program for low-income residents in Baltimore City.

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