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

Civic Works Inc.

$70,204 / 2022 / Community Development

In support of providing in-person assistance to renters in the District Court building with applications for federal eviction prevention funding and resource referrals to satisfy rental debt and prevent eviction.

Drink at The Well – Hon’s Honey Social Enterprise

$40,000 / 2022 / Health and Human Services

In support of Hon’s Honey, a social enterprise of Drink at the Well, located in the South Baltimore community of Curtis Bay. Hon’s Honey offers employment opportunities for women who have experienced trauma and who participate in The Well’s mentoring program.

The Family Tree Inc.

$70,000 / 2022 / Health and Human Services

In support of Family Tree’s cost-share for the statewide Growing Opportunities in Family Child Care grant and program.

Franciscan Center Inc.

$50,000 / 2022 / Health and Human Services

In support of general operations for the Franciscan Center, which provides food, case management, emergency financial assistance, and employment training to individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

From Prison Cells to PhD Inc.

$45,000 / 2022 / Criminal Justice and Addiction

In support of general operations for the Prison to Professional program (P2P), which helps people with criminal convictions obtain employment and/or postsecondary education. P2P will provide 80 returning citizens with workforce development training, career readiness skills, college application/readiness assistance, and mentoring.

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