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

Chase Brexton Health Care

$75,000 / 2023 / Health and Human Services

In support of a new social work position that will focus on connecting uninsured clients at Chase Brexton’s Baltimore City clinic to free or affordable specialty care.

City Life Community Builders Ltd

$30,000 / 2023 / Community Development

In support of down payment and closing cost assistance for service-oriented professionals, including police officers, firefighters, and health care facilitators, in the neighborhoods surrounding the Henderson Crossing redevelopment project in East Baltimore.

Civic Works Inc.

$50,000 / 2023 / Health and Human Services

In support of completing the renovation of a former firehouse to serve as a home for Civic Works’ Food and Farm programs, and a community food distribution hub.

Civil Justice Inc.

$100,000 / 2023 / Community Development

In support of the Tenant Debt Collection Defense Project, which provides legal representation and network attorneys for low- and moderate-income tenants who are sued after being evicted by rental property owners.

Farm Alliance of Baltimore Inc.

$90,000 / 2023 / Community Development

In support of general operating costs and the Double Dollars program, which encourages use of federal benefits to purchase local farm produce, nutrition education, and hands-on training for beginning farmers at a new farm site in South Baltimore.

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