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 eligible, you will be invited by our staff to submit a proposal.

The WSAF has moved to a two cycle process and will open the next cycle on November 1 for applications that will be reviewed in March of 2017. 

All grantees who are eligible to apply for this cycle have received an invitation letter with instructions on how to access the new system. Future cycles will open in 2017 and 2018 and each group of eligible applicants will be sent information and an instruction letter on how to apply.