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

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Rales Health Center)

$75,000 / 2022 / Health and Human Services

In support of operating costs for the Rales Health Center at KIPP Baltimore. The Rales Center provides integrated wellness programs, school health services, and a full-service school-based health center for students and staff at KIPP Harmony Academy and KIPP Ujima Village Academy.

Liberty Grace Church of God

$102,400 / 2022 / Health and Human Services

In support of hiring a Project Manager for the Interfaith Family Health Center of Baltimore.

Maryland New Directions

$120,000 / 2022 / Workforce Development

In support of Maryland New Directions, which will provide 200 job seekers in Baltimore with one-on-one job coaching for immediate job placement as well as occupational skills training for careers in the transportation and logistics industry.

Maryland PIRG Foundation

$40,000 / 2022 / Environment

In support of the Smart Energy Solutions campaign to improve implementation and impact of Maryland’s energy efficiency program to achieve greater, more equitable consumer and climate benefits.

Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore, Inc.

$50,000 / 2022 / Community Development

In support of staff costs associated with expanded mortgage lending activities that will increase credit access and promote financial wellness for low- and moderate-income individuals interested in sustainable homeownership.

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