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

Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation

$50,000 / 2023 / Health and Human Services

In support of the GEDCO CARES eviction prevention program.

Health Care for the Homeless Inc.

$100,000 / 2023 / Health and Human Services

In support of enabling Health Care for the Homeless to continue providing care to uninsured clients.

Healthy Neighborhoods Inc.

$180,000 / 2023 / Community Development

In support of Healthy Neighborhoods’ core programs, special projects, and capacity building and assistance with a focus on resident engagement, promotion of neighborhood assets, and investment in housing stock in over 50 neighborhoods across Baltimore City.

Homeless Persons Representation Project Inc.

$90,000 / 2023 / Health and Human Services

In support of the Economic Justice Program, which focuses on increasing financial and food security by addressing barriers to accessing government benefits through a combination of direct legal representation and advocacy.

Human Rights for Kids

$50,000 / 2023 / Criminal Justice and Addiction

In support of general operations for Human Rights for Kids (HRFK), which works to advance criminal justice reform for children in Maryland through coalition building and public education. HRFK centers its reform efforts on children’s exposure to trauma as the leading cause of juvenile delinquency and crime.

Header photo courtesy of Thread.