Abelard Foundation - East Grants

Grants to USA Nonprofits East of the Mississippi River
for Civil and Human Rights Initiatives

GrantWatch ID#: 173683
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Abelard Foundation - East


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Grants averaging $10,000 to USA nonprofit organizations in states east of the Mississippi River for social change initiatives. Funding is intended to promote community involvement in civil and human rights issues. Program goals should be to affect local, state, regional, or national level change. Most grants are for general support.

Abelard East is committed to supporting local progressive social change activities that expand and protect civil liberties and civil and human rights, and promote and strengthen community involvement in, and control over, the decisions that affect their lives. The Foundation does not focus on any issues in particular, e.g. housing, health, the environment, or education, etc. Grantees are involved in a broad range of issues which involve the question of civil and human rights.

The constituents of Abelard East’s grantees are poor and low-income people seeking to affirm their civil or human rights. These include, among others, the disenfranchised, immigrants, workers, people of color, the disabled, etc.

Each year the Foundation makes approximately 15 grants, of which generally five are new.

The average grant size is $10,000.

Grants are made for one year, but the Foundation will consider two renewal requests.

Eligible applicants must represent or be associated with a nonprofit, 501(c)3 tax exempt organization.

The Foundation gives priority to projects that are in their first years of development and have budgets less than $300,000.

Applicants to Abelard East must be located east of the Mississippi.

The Foundation primarily supports local organizations. Certain state and regional efforts will be considered which have a strong local membership base.

Organizations not funded:
International organizations and organizations located outside of the US; direct social services; government agencies and programs undertaken by tax-supported institutions or government initiative; programs which are solely educational, training or technical assistance in nature; capital expenditure, endowments, construction or renovation programs; emergency funding; scholarship funds or other aid to individuals; schools and educational institutions; cultural institutions; medical institutions; film, video, publications or other media projects; grantmaking institutions; large national or regional networks; research or fellowships; organizations with access to traditional or mainstream funding.

Strategies not funded:
Direct service, technical assistance, training, media, legal assistance, and public policy advocacy or research as stand alone strategies.

Application instructions: Please see the URL for Full Text link provided below.

The Board of Directors meets twice a year, generally in June and November. Applications can be made at any time. However, applications mailed by March 15th will be reviewed for the spring meeting and applications mailed by September 15th will be reviewed for the fall meeting.

Common application formats are acceptable, such as that provided by the National Network of Grantmakers (which can be downloaded from their website at

The review process generally takes three to four months. Once the Board has made its decisions, applicants will be notified either by mail or phone.


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

Mail applications to:
Susan Collins
The Abelard Foundation-East
P.O. Box 148
Lincoln, MA 01773

Susan Collins

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