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 Kids Chess League Inc.

$60,000 / 2022 / Education

In support of the 2022-2023 Baltimore Kids Chess League after-school chess program for nearly 1,000 K-12th grade students from over 45 City Schools.

Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership

$112,500 / 2022 / Health and Human Services

In support of the Healthy Children Voucher Demonstration project, which provides families with counseling services to help them identify housing and neighborhoods where they will experience improved health outcomes.

Baltimore SquashWise Inc.

$100,000 / 2022 / Health and Human Services

In support of SquashWise’s capital campaign to renovate its new center in midtown Baltimore.

CASH Campaign of Maryland

$120,000 / 2022 / Workforce Development

In support of the CASH Campaign of Maryland’s free tax preparation sites, which provide 7,500 low-income individuals and families living in Baltimore with access to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and asset-building services.

Civic Works Inc.

$100,000 / 2022 / Workforce Development

In support of Civic Works’ Center for Sustainable Careers, which will train 124 City residents for green careers in the solar and infrastructure remediation industries.

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