Regular Grants Process

For requests greater than $10,000

The Abell Foundation’s Board of Trustees considers grant requests greater than $10,000 five times per year. The proposal deadline and meeting schedule for 2024 is: 

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  • We accept and review grant requests greater than $10,000 on the schedule outlined above.
  • Once we have received your proposal, an Abell staff member may contact you with follow-up questions and/or request a site visit.  
  • We notify applicants of all decisions made by the Board of Trustees within one week of each Board meeting. 
  • Please note that we receive many worthy grant requests and unfortunately cannot support all of them. Organizations are welcome to submit multiple proposals if they are each for different projects during the same calendar year, but the Foundation has a policy of reviewing only one proposal per project within a calendar year.

Reporting Requirements

  • In order to monitor progress and understand the impact of awarded grants, the Foundation typically asks grant recipients to submit interim and post-grant reports that include narrative descriptions of project progress and an accounting of funds expended to date. 
  • Reports may be submitted through our grant portal and can be found under the “Requirements” tab.

Considering Applying?

If you are a first-time applicant, we recommend that you reach out to a program officer or the Foundation president to discuss your idea.  

Otherwise, please submit a short letter of inquiry describing your project and the proposed budget. If we are interested in reviewing the project in greater detail, we will invite you to submit a full application for our next submission deadline.

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Ready to Apply?

If you have applied to the Abell Foundation before, discussed your project with an Abell staff member, or received a positive response to your letter of inquiry, please click below to start an online grant application for the submission deadlines provided above. 

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Past Grants

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