Abelard Foundation – East Grant

Abelard Foundation – East

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Grant amount: Approximately US $10,000

Next anticipated deadline: Sep 15, 2019

Later anticipated deadlines: Mar 15, 2020

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Georgia, Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida Expand all

Location of residency: Georgia, Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida Expand all

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The Abelard Foundation is a family foundation, with offices on both the east and west coasts, which has been making grants in support of progressive social change since 1958.

Abelard Foundation-East (Abelard East) focuses its grantmaking on projects operating east of the Mississippi River.

The board of directors meets in the late spring and late fall each year to make grantmaking decisions. The average grant size is $10,000. While grants are approved for one year, the Foundation will consider two renewal requests.

Each year the Foundation makes approximately 15 grants, of which generally five are new. Most grants are for general support.


Successful applications to Abelard East satisfy criteria in three areas.


Fundamental to the grantees of Abelard East is the strategy of community organizing as they work toward the goal of a more democratic, just and equitable society. While organizations may engage in other complementary strategies, e.g. advocacy, electoral participation, research, etc., the strategies are employed as a complement to the core focus on organizing. Part of an organizing strategy is the development of local leadership and the empowerment of their constituents. We also look for strategies that reflect the connection between local work and broader policy issues and the efforts to address them at the state, regional or national levels.


Abelard East is committed to supporting local progressive social change activities that expand and protect civil liberties and civil and human rights, and promote and strengthen community involvement in, and control over, the decisions that affect their lives. We do not focus on any issues in particular, e.g. housing, health, the environment, or education, etc. Our grantees are involved in a broad range of issues which involve the question of civil and human rights.


The constituents of Abelard East’s grantees are poor and low-income people seeking to affirm their civil or human rights. These include, among others, the disenfranchised, immigrants, workers, people of color, the disabled, etc.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Eligible applicants must represent or be associated with a nonprofit, 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. 
  • Applicants to Abelard East must be located east of the Mississippi. 
  • The Foundation primarily supports local organizations.
    • Certain state and regional efforts will be considered which have a strong local membership base.


  • The Foundation gives priority to projects that are in their first years of development and have budgets less than $300,000.


  • Types of organizations we do NOT fund: 
    • International organizations and organizations located outside of the US;
    • direct social services;
    • government agencies and programs undertaken by tax-supported institutions or government initiative;
    • programs which are solely educational, training or technical assistance in nature;
    • capital expenditure, endowments, construction or renovation programs;
    • emergency funding;
    • scholarship funds or other aid to individuals;
    • schools and educational institutions;
    • cultural institutions;
    • medical institutions;
    • film, video, publications or other media projects;
    • grantmaking institutions;
    • large national or regional networks;
    • research or fellowships;
    • organizations with access to traditional or mainstream funding.
  • Types of strategies we do NOT fund:
    • Direct service, technical assistance, training, media, legal assistance, and public policy advocacy or research as stand alone strategies.
  • We do not make multi-year grants.