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

Maryland Hunger Solutions, An Initiative of Food Research & Action Center

$60,000 / 2022 / Health and Human Services

In support of Maryland Hunger Solutions’ Baltimore City SNAP outreach and enrollment campaign, which works to connect vulnerable populations with federally funded SNAP (food stamp) benefits, a key strategy in reducing food insecurity in Maryland.

Maryland Regional Direct Services Collaborative

$30,000 / 2022 / Workforce Development

In support of producing and disseminating a report on improving job quality for direct services workers in Baltimore.

Modern Classrooms Project

$50,000 / 2022 / Education

In support of Modern Classrooms Project’s blended, self-paced, and mastery-based instructional support for 50 Baltimore City teachers.

Moveable Feast Inc.

$56,000 / 2022 / Health and Human Services

In support of Moveable Feast’s Baltimore City meal delivery program, which prepares and delivers medically tailored meals and nutrition counseling to individuals who have diet-related health conditions, with the goal of achieving racial, social, and health equity.

North East Housing Initiative

$25,000 / 2022 / Community Development

In support of efforts to convert long-time renters into homeowners, avoid involuntary displacement and increase housing stability, and provide low- and moderate-income households with the opportunity to build limited equity through ownership of vacant houses redeveloped under a Community Land Trust model.

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