The William S. Abell Foundation supports qualified, tax-exempt organizations that assist the hungry, the homeless, domestic violence and maltreatment of childrenat-risk pregnant women, and persons with intellectual disabilities*. Grants are not made to individuals and consecutive year requests are not accepted. Grants typically do not exceed $20,000.

*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.

STEP TWO: If you are eligible, you will be invited by our staff to submit a proposal.

All eligible applicants will be sent information and an instruction letter on how to apply.


The William S. Abell Foundation believes that no person should be excluded from agency services, employment or volunteer participation, and will not fund organizations that engage in discrimination on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religious belief, or other characteristics. We recognize that some organizations serve specific populations and the Foundation will support organizations that assist such vulnerable populations or those that have been historically underserved or have faced discrimination. In the future, all organizations that apply for a grant will be required to submit a copy of their non-discrimination policy that has been approved by its board of directors.