Working To Enhance The Quality Of Life
In Baltimore And In Maryland.

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The Abell Foundation is funding the will to find solutions through its grantmaking. 

The Abell Foundation is dedicated to the enhancement of the quality of life in Maryland, with a focus on Baltimore City.  The Foundation is committed to improving the lives of underserved populations by supporting innovative efforts to solve systemic social, economic, and environmental problems.

In an attempt to be responsive to the changing needs of the community, the Foundation approaches its grantmaking by:

  • responding to unsolicited requests for funding that are initiated by organizations and institutions, and demonstrate a high-priority need and a measurable impact;
  • requesting that an organization or institution submit a proposal for a special program if its purpose furthers the Foundation's goals; and
  • initiating programs that address key issues that reflect community-wide needs and show promise of impacting the quality of services and effecting long-term systemic change. 

Areas of Interest

The Foundation accepts grant proposals within the following seven Program Areas of Interest:

Workforce Development
Health and Human Services
Community Development
Criminal Justice and Addictions
Conservation and Environment
Arts and Culture

Types of Program Funding

The foundation provides three types of program funding, depending upon the project request:

  1. Cash grants to support program implementation
  2. Program-related investments of capital
  3. Program-related loans or loan guarantees

Baseline Requirement

Only nonprofit organizations as defined in Section 501(c)(3) and Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code are funded.

For More Information

Please visit our Grantmaking Process, Guidelines and Procedures to learn more about our grantmaking process.