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.

Learn More About Our Process

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

Rose Street Community Center, Fiscally Sponsored by Southeast Community Development Corporation

$300,000 / 2023 / Workforce Development

In support of expanding Rose Street’s community cleanups to additional neighborhoods, while continuing to provide transitional housing, emergency shelter, and gang mediation.

Saint Luke’s Youth Center

$30,000 / 2023 / Education

In support of general operations for Saint Luke’s Youth Center’s community programs.

The Samaritan Community

$25,000 / 2023 / Health and Human Services

In support of general operations for The Samaritan Community, which provides counseling, case management, emergency financial assistance, and other support services to more than 300 vulnerable households each year.


$55,000 / 2023 / Health and Human Services

In support of general operations for ShareBaby, which addresses the basic needs of Baltimore’s most vulnerable young children through the distribution of diapers and other essential items.

So What Else Inc.

$25,000 / 2023 / Health and Human Services

In support of So What Else’s food rescue and distribution program, which operates weekly food distribution events at sites throughout Baltimore City.

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