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Looking for the "ABAG Common Grant?"  As of November 1, 2014, we have made some changes.  Please read the full page below to find the resources you need or contact for assistance.



The Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers (ABAG) recognizes the potential burden of application and reporting practices on both grantseekers and grantmakers. Nonprofit organizations devote significant time to researching and writing grant proposals and reports, and grantmakers expend significant (often volunteer) time managing grants and evaluating how to best make a difference. We want to help.

In pursuit of its mission to maximize the impact of philanthropic giving, ABAG helps members develop grant processes that meet their information needs and acknowledge the efficient practices of Project Streamline. Further, ABAG offers nonprofit organizations free (or low cost) resources to identify funding opportunities and to write high quality grant proposals.

NOTE: Prior to submitting a grant proposal, determine whether your organization meets a grantmaker’s guidelines and funding priorities; check if the grantmaker accepts unsolicited proposals; review the most current information on their website (if available) about grant application and reporting requirements; and contact them if you have questions. Many grantmakers request prior contact or a Letter of Inquiry before reviewing a full proposal.


Local Organizations

Foundation Grant Research

Books on Grant Writing


Trends in grant practice and web-based applications, led ABAG to discontinue the Common Grant and Reporting Formats in 2014.  The grant proposal and report formats provided above were developed by a Grant Format Revision Task Force (2013-2014) comprised of ABAG members, AFP-Maryland, Maryland Nonprofits, and nonprofit professionals.  Additionally, ABAG conducted interviews with grantmakers and with small-staffed nonprofit organizations. 

The grant proposal format we now offer as a resource above is not a "common grant,” a single proposal for a community of funders. The primary purpose of the new grant proposal format is to provide free education on how to write a high-quality proposal. Some grantmakers continue to direct nonprofit applicants to the new grant proposal format and ABAG works with its members to develop their grant process with this format as a model.

If a foundation requests that you use the "ABAG Common Grant Format," please contact our office at 410-727-1205 or to verify your needs and receive the discontinued document.


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