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 the Johns Hopkins, Esperanza Center, and Loyola Refugee Health and Asylum (HEAL) Collaborative, which provides pro bono forensic physical and psychological evaluations to asylum-seekers who have survived torture and trauma.
In support of Latino Economic Development Center’s business technical assistance and lending services to meet the needs of entrepreneurs and business owners from communities of color and underinvested communities in Baltimore. These services launch and expand businesses, create jobs, and build wealth.
In support of Leveling the Playing Field’s general operations in Baltimore, including collecting and redistributing sporting equipment to schools and organizations serving low-income children in Baltimore.
In support of Project SERVE, a transitional employment program that enrolls up to 150 returning citizens a year, providing them with paid, on-the-job work experience.
In support of staff and outreach costs associated with the Low Income Forgotten Tax (LIFT) program. LIFT helps low-income homeowners and renters access the Homeowners and Renters Tax Credit programs and other public benefits.
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