The William S. Abell Foundation supports qualified, tax-exempt organizations that serve clients who are hungry, *persons with intellectual disabilities, homeless, abused women and children, and to assist at-risk pregnant women in delivering and caring for their infants. Grants are not made to individuals and consecutive year requests are not accepted. Grants typically do not exceed $25,000.

*The William S. Abell Foundation funds programs for persons with intellectual disabilities only, and not for persons with other developmental disabilities. "The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities has substituted the term intellectual disability as a narrow definition of mental retardation. This disability is characterized by 1) intellectual functioning level (IQ) below 70-75; 2) significant limitations in conceptual, social and practical adaptive skills; 3) a disability originating before the age of 18".

Additionally, the Foundation awards grants to qualified, tax-exempt organizations through our Margaret Abell Powell Fund for classical ballet and traditional theater.


STEP ONE: Review Requirements & Deadlines.

STEP TWO: You must receive an invitation to apply. If you are a previous grantee that submitted your final report on PhilanTrack and did not receive funding last year and have not received an invitation, please call our office. If you are a new applicant, please call our office and be prepared to discuss your request and how you meet our requirements when you call.

If you are eligible, you will be invited by our staff to submit a letter of intent on PhilanTrack. You will be asked to include the following three documents along with your letter of intent: 

  • Signed Abortion Counseling Disclosure Statement
  • Grant Budget (an itemization of how you plan to spend all the grant funds)
  • A copy of your 501 (c)(3) letter that states you are a 509 (a) (1) or a 509 (a) (2) or included in Section 170(b)(1)(A)(i),(ii), (iii), (iv), (v) or (vi) on your IRS Letter

STEP THREE: If your letter of intent is approved, you will be invited to submit a proposal on PhilanTrack. Please review our proposal checklist.