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

Innovation Works Inc.

$50,000 / 2022 / Community Development

In support of staff costs associated with expanding Innovation Works’ efforts to support social entrepreneurs in Baltimore City.

The Justice Policy Institute

$50,000 / 2022 / Criminal Justice and Addiction

In support of general operations for the Justice Policy Institute (JPI), which works to advance criminal justice reform in the State of Maryland. JPI will focus its efforts on research and education around parole and pretrial justice reform in Baltimore City.

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

$75,000 / 2022 / Community Development

In support of staff and operating expenses for the Housing Stability and Legacy program.

Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, Fiscally Sponsored by Baltimore Civic Fund

$42,400 / 2022 / Community Development

In support of a short-term project manager position at the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs to oversee the contracting and early implementation of initiatives funded through federal stimulus dollars.

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital

$150,000 / 2022 / Health and Human Services

In support of MedStar Health’s Multi-Visit Patient Plus Program at Harbor Hospital, which aims to better serve individuals who frequently use the Emergency Department to improve health outcomes and lower healthcare costs.

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