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

No Struggle No Success, Inc.

$100,000 / 2022 / Criminal Justice and Addiction

In support of general operations for No Struggle No Success (NSNS), a reentry program in Baltimore City serving adults and youth ages 14-18. NSNS provides comprehensive case management and access to services such as assistance in obtaining state IDs and social security cards, birth certificates, benefits, transportation, housing, employment, and referrals to behavioral health programs.

Springboard Community Services

$60,000 / 2022 / Health and Human Services

In support of the Youth Resource Center, which provides a safe, welcoming environment where youth and young adults in crisis can engage in services that address their immediate needs and help them move towards stability.

University of Baltimore Foundation

$25,000 / 2022 / Criminal Justice and Addiction

In support of general operations for the Truancy Court Program (TCP) at the University of Baltimore School of Law. TCP addresses the high level of truancy in Baltimore City public schools through a voluntary 10-week, in-school intervention program for students who are beginning to demonstrate a pattern of truancy.

APM Food Works, LLC, Fiscally Sponsored by Baltimore Hunger Project

$50,000 / 2022 / Community Development

In support of costs associated with the purchase of supplies to be distributed to local community farms, urban gardens, and residents interested in creating home gardens in Baltimore communities where plentiful access to organic foods is not widely available.

Arts for Learning Maryland

$30,000 / 2022 / Education

In support of durable materials for Arts For Learning’s After School Arts and Learning Academy (ASALA), slated to serve nearly 600 students across six Baltimore City School sites during spring of 2022.

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