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

Public Justice Center Inc.

$175,000 / 2023 / Community Development

In support of legal representation for Baltimore City tenants facing eviction and policy advocacy to increase housing security, challenge unjust practices that create systemic harm to renters, and advance tenants’ rights to safe, habitable housing.


$135,000 / 2023 / Community Development

In support of vacant house renovation, affordable housing construction, and investment in existing owner-occupant housing to stabilize the market. This project will also support implementation of the Johnston Square Vision Plan and a 10,000 Homes Campaign to expand the model to other neighborhoods.

St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center

$200,000 / 2023 / Criminal Justice and Addiction

In support of piloting a Host Home program providing transitional housing for individuals returning to Baltimore City from incarceration.

St. Francis Neighborhood Center

$200,000 / 2023 / Health and Human Services

In support of the final phase of St. Francis Neighborhood Center’s capital campaign, which will lead to increased program offerings and double the number of youth served.

St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore Inc.

$25,000 / 2023 / 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.

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