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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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


$135,000 / 2024 / Community Development

In support of “Johnston Square: A Blueprint for Baltimore” and implementation of the “Build One Baltimore Now” campaign.

Southeast Community Development Corporation

$20,000 / 2024 / Community Development

In support of client assistance funds paired with case management to prevent eviction and increase family stability among households with children in Southeast’s community schools, particularly immigrant households.

St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore Inc.

$25,000 / 2024 / Health and Human Services

In support of the Promise Housing program, which provides rapid re-housing and permanent supportive housing for young adults experiencing homelessness.

Turnaround Tuesday Inc.

$125,000 / 2024 / Workforce Development

In support of helping 300 Baltimore residents secure quality jobs that pay over $16 per hour, offer medical and vacation benefits, and provide a career pathway.

UMBC Foundation

$60,000 / 2024 / Education

In support of the UMBC Reach Together Tutoring Program, which will provide high-dosage math tutoring for 570 students across eight schools in Baltimore during the 2024-2025 school year.

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