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

Byte Back

$100,000 / 2023 / Workforce Development

In support of Byte Back’s free digital literacy training for 100 low-income adults in Baltimore, helping them to master fundamental computer skills and applications.

Civic Works Inc.

$50,000 / 2023 / Workforce Development

In support of Civic Works’ Center for Sustainable Careers, which provides a multi-tiered, green career “pathway out of poverty” by training and placing 110 Baltimore City residents into employment in the solar, roofing, and infrastructure remediation industries.

Environmental Defense Fund

$75,000 / 2023 / Environment

In support of leveraging federal resources to implement projects that will reduce emissions and and associated health impacts from freight and cargo transportation in collaboration with the Port of Baltimore, one of the city’s largest and most concentrated sources of emissions.

Environmental Integrity Project

$50,000 / 2023 / Environment

In support of the “Baltimore Environmental Justice Campaign,” which works to improve health and quality of life in Baltimore neighborhoods that are most harmed by environmental pollution by ensuring residents’ voices are heard in key regulatory and decision-making processes, strengthening state regulation of pollution sources, and encouraging waste reduction and diversion.

Gaudenzia Foundation Inc.

$35,000 / 2023 / Criminal Justice and Addiction

In support of purchasing a used van to conduct harm reduction outreach and to facilitate access to treatment in Baltimore City.

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