Grants to Maryland Nonprofits to Improve the Quality of Life in Underserved Communities

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Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

 Funding Source:

Abell Foundation

Deadline Date:

10/15/22 – For requests over $10,000; Requests of up to $10,000 are accepted on a rolling basis.


Grants to Maryland nonprofit organizations to benefit disadvantaged communities. Applicants requesting larger grants must submit an LOI prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended to address the needs of underserved populations by supporting innovative, results-oriented efforts to solve systemic social, economic, and environmental problems. Particular emphasis will be given to initiatives in Baltimore City.

The Foundation’s grants fall into seven areas of interest: education, workforce development, health and human services, community development, criminal justice and addiction, environment, and the arts.

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

Estimated Size of Grant:

Requests greater than $10,000 or of $10,000 or less are accepted.

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.

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:

Grant requests of $10,000 or less (“small grants”) are accepted on a rolling basis. For grants in excess of $10,000, the Foundation’s Board of Trustees considers requests five times a year. Deadlines for grant submissions are typically six weeks in advance of board meetings.

The schedule of board meetings and proposal deadlines for 2022 is as follows:

Proposal Deadline of January 1 for Board Meeting February 15
Proposal Deadline of March 1 for Board Meeting April 19
Proposal Deadline of May 1 for Board Meeting June 21
Proposal Deadline of July 15 for Board Meeting September 12
Proposal Deadline of October 15 for Board Meeting December 13

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

The Foundation requests that applications for new grants in excess of $10,000 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.

If the Foundation is interested in reviewing the project described in the letter of inquiry, the applicant will receive an invitation to complete a more detailed application.

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Contact Information:

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

Online application:

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

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

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