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

The Book Thing of Baltimore Inc.

$30,000 / 2023 / Education

In support of increasing organizational capacity and community access for The Book Thing, a community-run program that distributes nearly 150,000 books per year.

Central Baltimore Partnership Inc.

$35,000 / 2023 / Community Development

In support of boosting makers and small-batch manufacturers and assessing vacant and underutilized industrial and commercial property capacity to increase the growth of a light industrial economy in Station North.

Chesapeake Climate Action Network

$60,000 / 2023 / Environment

In support of a campaign to promote clean energy, advance electrification of the building sector, and reduce climate pollution from greenhouse gases and fossil fuel infrastructure in and around Baltimore.

Civic Works Inc.

$80,000 / 2023 / Community Development

In support of outreach and application assistance to increase low-income household participation in utility benefits, including water affordability, energy bill-pay assistance, and broadband access.

The Community School

$25,000 / 2023 / Education

In support of the academic and mentoring program at The Community School.

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