The Abell Foundation requires that each applicant
initiates requests for grants by providing a one- to two-page letter
describing the applicant’s mission, population served, scope
of activities, key accomplishments, summary of project with goals
and objectives, evaluation plan, amount of funding requested, and
grant period. We welcome your initial letter sent by regular mail, fax or email (with an electronic signature).
Should the Foundation be interested in the preliminary
proposal, the applicant will then be asked to submit a more detailed
application. The Foundation is now accepting the Association of
Baltimore Area Grantmakers’ Common Application and using their post-grant reporting forms and procedures.
The following information will also be requested
at the time of the formal application:
- A copy of the latest IRS determination letter of
tax-exempt status under Section 501 (c)(3) and foundation classification
under Section 509 (a).
- A copy of the current institutional budget
and project budget for each year in which funding is requested
- A list of names and professional affiliation of
current board members
- Pertinent supportive materials
We request that you mail one hard copy of the full proposal with attachments to:
Robert C. Embry, Jr., President
The Abell Foundation
111 South Calvert Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Unless you are contacted by a Foundation trustee,
communication with individual trustees regarding proposals is discouraged
and will not be helpful. However the staff welcomes inquiries regarding
the grantmaking process and specific questions about the application
process. Please make initial contact by letter, email or by phone.
A site visit may be requested by a program officer
after the full proposal has been received and acknowledged.
When the Foundation awards a grant,
the recipient may be asked to submit an interim report to the Foundation that includes a narrative of the progress of the project, an accounting of funds expended to date, and notice of any substantial changes from the original request. Later the recipient will receive a letter from the Foundation requesting a post-grant report, including a final progress report, an accounting of expenditures and an evaluation of the effectiveness of the grant on the overall operation. The post-grant report will follow the Baltimore Area Grantmakers’ reporting form and procedures.
Grants will be awarded six times
a year. Each applicant will be notified of any action that the trustees
may take, usually within a week of the bi-monthly meetings. Please
make note of the following deadlines for full proposals:
For the February board meeting:
For the April board meeting: March
For the June board meeting: May 1
For the September board meeting: August
For the October board meeting: September
For the December board meeting: November
This deadline schedule is normally the minimum
time needed to complete the grant review process before submission
of the proposal for trustee consideration.