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Abell Foundation Grants

Grants to Baltimore, Maryland Nonprofits for
Initiatives to Assist Underserved Communities

GrantWatch ID#: 175348
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Abell Foundation


Grants of up to and starting at $5,000 to Baltimore, Maryland nonprofits for underserved community benefit. Requests greater than $5,000 require a letter of inquiry. Funding is intended for creative, results-driven approaches to address systemic social, economic, and environmental issues.

Grant requests may be less than or greater than $5,000.

The Foundation accepts requests for programs serving disadvantaged communities, with a particular focus on Baltimore City. Nonprofit organizations must be designated by the IRS as 501c3 and 509a organizations. Applicants must include a copy of their latest IRS determination letter and federal tax identification number (EIN).

Since the deadline falls on a weekend, applications will be accepted on the following business day, Monday, October 17, 2017.

The Foundation requests that applications for new grants in excess of $5,000 are initiated by providing a letter of inquiry. A letter of inquiry should include:

- Description of project
- Amount requested
- Total budget
- Population served

A letter of inquiry is not necessary if the grantee has previously applied, or if contact has been made with the President, Vice President, or relevant Program Officer first to ensure that the proposed project meets the Foundation’s criteria.

A letter of inquiry is also not necessary if the grant amount requested is $5,000 or less. These small grants are considered on a rolling basis.

Please note that the Abell Foundation has a policy of covering universities’ indirect costs at a maximum rate of 10 percent of the total project cost. The Foundation considers indirect costs to include overhead expenses or ongoing operational costs that are not easily identified with the specific project being proposed. Such costs might include expenses related to existing facilities, utilities, equipment, insurance, communications, administrative office supplies, and general administrative support.

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please submit a letter of inquiry by email to or mail a hard copy to:

Robert C. Embry, Jr., President
Abell Foundation
111 South Calvert Street, Suite 2300
Baltimore, MD 21202

Full applications may be completed online:

If Internet access is unavailable, please mail a hard copy of the application with attachments to the above address.

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