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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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

Johns Hopkins University

$30,000 / 2024 / Education

In support of hands-on genetics activities through Project BioEYES for up to 50 eighth-grade City Schools teachers serving an estimated 4,000 students.

Johns Hopkins University School of Education

$85,000 / 2024 / Education

In support of TeachingWell, a 39-credit alternative certification pathway with a focus on secondary STEM for an inaugural cohort of 15 educators.

Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering

$150,000 / 2024 / Community Development

In support of Baltimore Healthcare Innovator Retention fellowships for Johns Hopkins University biomedical engineering graduates to address critical healthcare challenges, accelerate product development and investment, and create local jobs.

KEYS Empowers Inc.

$50,000 / 2024 / Health and Human Services

In support of general operations to serve 250 unique Baltimore City youth and their families annually with direct client assistance, holistic behavioral health services, and enrichment and mentoring opportunities.

Lydia’s House in Southeast

$75,000 / 2024 / Workforce Development

In support of the Leaders in Transition program, helping 70 Baltimore City high school students with disabilities discover and pursue their career interests through paid work experience at healthcare institutions.

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