Small Grants Process

For requests of $10,000 or less


  • We accept and review grant requests of $10,000 or less on a rolling basis. There is no deadline to apply.  
  • Once we have received your proposal, an Abell staff member may contact you with follow-up questions and/or request a site visit. 
  • You can expect to be notified of a decision within 60 days of submitting your small grant request. 
  • Please note that we receive many worthy grant requests and unfortunately cannot fund 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 only reviewing one proposal per project within a calendar year. 

Reporting Requirements

  • In order to understand the impact of awarded small grants, the Foundation asks grant recipients to submit a post-grant report that includes a narrative description of project outcomes and an accounting of funds expended. 
  • Reports may be submitted through our grant portal under the Requirements tab. 

Ready to Apply?

To apply for a small grant of $10,000 or less, please click below to start an online grant application.

Already started an application? Click here to return to and submit your saved application.

Start Your Application

Ready to Submit A Report?

To submit a post-grant report for an awarded small grant, please click below to log into your grant portal account.

You will find your post-grant report under the “Requirements” tab. Please email with any questions.

Submit a Report

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