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.
For all nonprofit organizations seeking grant funding, regardless of the request amount.
For grant requests of $10,000 or less.
Reviewed on a rolling basis. There is no deadline to apply.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In support of the academic and mentoring program at The Community School.
Header photo courtesy of Thread.