Support for People with Intellectual Disabilities

The William S. Abell Foundation, Inc. supports qualified organizations providing services for persons with Intellectual Disabilities as part of our core mission with grants that typically do not exceed $25,000 per grantee.

The William S. Abell Foundation funds programs for person 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".

Grant requests must be from nonprofits operating in:

  • The District of Columbia;
  • Montgomery, Prince George’s, Charles, Calvert, and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland.

The Foundation will consider applications for:

  • Life skills and job training;
  • Day care programs;
  • Employment training;
  • Transportation;
  • Relief-care and support for caregivers;
  • Other services for the Intellectually Disabled.

The Foundation will not consider applications for:

  • Programs primarily serving clients who are not Intellectually Disabled but who are otherwise disabled;
  • Consecutive year grants

  • 501 (c) (3) organizations that do not have a 509 (a) (1) or (2) status or not included in Section 170(b)(1)(A)(i),(ii), (iii), (iv), (v) or (vi) on your IRS Letter

  • Organizations that perform, sponsor or promote abortion

Our recent grants for persons with with Intellectual Disabilities:


(The) Arc of Montgomery County, Inc.

11600 Nebel Street

Rockville, MD 20852-2554


(The) Arc of Prince George’s County, Inc.

1401 McCormick Drive

Largo, MD 20774


(The) Archdiocese of Washington Chancery

5001 Eastern Avenue

Hyattsville, MD 20782


Ardmore Enterprises, Inc.

3000 Lottsford Vista Road

Bowie, MD 20721


Art Enables

411 New York Avenue NE

Washington, DC 20002


ArtStream, Inc.

7979 Old Georgetown Rd, 10th Floor

Bethesda, MD 20814


Best Buddies                                                    

3500 Boston St MS-47 St #250

Baltimore, MD  21224            


Bethlehem House, Inc.

1401 Lawrence St NE

Washington, DC 20017

Unknown Website Address


Catholic Coalition for Special Education                        

P O Box 673

Kensington, MD 20895


CHI Centers, Inc.

10501 New Hampshire Ave

Silver Spring, MD 20903


Community Services for Autistics Adults and Children

8615 East Village Avenue

Montgomery Village, MD 20886


Community Support Services

9075 Comprint Court

Gaithersburg, MD 20877


Davis Memorial Goodwill Industries

2200 S. Dakota Ave, NE

Washington, DC 20018


Easter Seals Greater Washington

1420 Spring Street

Silver Spring, MD 20910


Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital

4301 Connecticut Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20008


Interplay Company Band Inc

6777 Surreywood Lane

Bethesda, MD 20817


Iona Senior Services

4125 Albemarle St, NW

Washington, DC 20016


Ivymount School, Inc.

11614 Seven Locks Road

Rockville, MD 20854


Jewish Foundation for Group Homes                           

1500 E. Jefferson St                                                  

Rockville, MD  20852       


(The) Jubilee Association of Maryland, Inc.

10408 Montgomery Ave

Kensington, MD 20895


Kids Enjoy Exercise Now

P O Box 341590

Bethesda, MD 20827-1590


L'Arche of Greater Washington DC

P O Box 21471

Washington, DC 20009


Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute (Catholic Charities)   

924 G Street NW

Washington, DC 20001


Maryland Community Connections

6490 Landover Road Suite A9

Landover, MD 20785


Maryland Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped

6410 Dobbin Road, Ste F

Columbia, RD 21045


Potomac Community Resources, Inc.                           

9200 Kentsdale Dr                                              

Potomac, MD 20854


Quality Trust for Individuals for Disabilities, Inc.

5335 Wisconsin Ave NW #825

Washington, DC 20015


Red Wiggler Foundation, Inc. 

P O Box 968                   

Clarksburg, MD  20871              


Rosaria Communities, Inc.

15400 Calhoun Drive, Suite 125

Rockville, MD 20855

Unknown Website Address


St. Coletta of Greater Washington, Inc.

1901 Independence Ave SE

Washington, DC 20003


St. John's Community Services

2201 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Suite C-150

Washington, DC 20007


St. Joseph's House, LTD

1505 Cody Dr

Potomac, MD 20902


SEEC Corporation

8905 Fairview Road Suite 200

Silver Spring, MD 20910


Sunflower Bakery

8507 Ziggy Lane

Gaithersburg, MD 20877


TLC-The Treatment & Learning Centers, Inc.

2092 Gaither Road, Suite 100

Rockville, MD 20850


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