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Abell Foundation Grants

Grants to Baltimore Area, Maryland Nonprofits
to Strengthen Underserved Communities

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Foundation / Corporation

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Abell Foundation

Deadline Date:

10/15/18 - Deadline applies only to Large Grant requests over $5,000; Small Grant requests of up to $5,000 are accepted on a rolling basis.


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Small Grants of up to $5,000 and large grants starting at $5,000 to Baltimore Metropolitan Area, Maryland nonprofit organizations to improve the quality of life in disadvantaged communities. Applicants seeking funds in excess of $5,000 must submit a Letter of Inquiry in advance of the deadline. While the Foundation supports organizations in Maryland, particular emphasis is placed on programs in Baltimore.

The Foundation seeks proposals from organizations committed to improving the lives of underserved populations by supporting innovative, results-oriented efforts to solve systemic social, economic, and environmental problems.

The Foundation has seven broad program areas of interest: education, workforce development, health and human services, community development, criminal justice and addiction, environment, and arts. Within these areas, the Foundation invites requests for demonstration projects, feasibility studies, capital improvements, new construction and equipment, program development and enhancements, research, and program-related investments.

The Foundation awards three types of grants:

-Seed funding for start-ups and demonstration programs aimed at finding innovative solutions to recalcitrant problems;

-Support for ongoing projects that provide much-needed services; and

-Capital grants that support new construction, renovation, purchase of property, and/or capital equipment.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178788

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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).

The Foundation funds nonprofit organizations located and active in Maryland. The Foundation's focus is on Baltimore City, with more than 95 percent of grants being awarded to organizations in the Baltimore metropolitan area.

The Foundation does not tend to fund educational programs at higher education institutions, medical facilities, individual scholarships, fellowships, annual operating expenses, sponsorships, deficit financing, endowments, travel, or memberships.

Please note that the Foundation prefers not to fund ongoing operational expenses. It does not award grants to individuals, sponsorships, deficit financing, or travel.

Pre-Application Information:

The schedule of board meetings and proposal deadlines for 2018 is as follows:

-Deadline of January 1 for review at the February 14 Board Meeting
-Deadline of March 1 for review at the April 17 Board Meeting
-Deadline of May 1 for review at the June 19 Board Meeting
-August 1 for review at the September 18 Board Meeting
-October 15 for review at the December 18 Board Meeting

If a deadline falls on a weekend or a holiday, applications will be accepted on the following business day.

Please note that the above schedule applies to grant requests in excess of $5,000. The Foundation accepts grant requests of $5,000 or less (“small grants”) on a rolling basis and a letter of inquiry is also NOT necessary if the grant amount requested is $5,000 or less.

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 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.

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

Apply for a Large Request:

Apply for a Small Request:

Please submit your 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

P: 410-547-1300
F: 410-539-6579

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland: Baltimore Metropolitan Area