The Abell Foundation allocates grants for schools, hospitals and human service organizations that serve the disadvantaged in the Baltimore community and surrounding areas. It has six areas of interest: community development, workforce development; education, health and human services, conservation and environment, and arts and culture. Within those areas, the Abell Foundation invites requests for demonstration projects, feasibility studies, strategic planning, capital improvements, new construction, and equipment, program development and enhancements, research and program-related investments. The foundation funds nonprofit organizations located and active in Maryland. More than 95 percent of its grants are awarded to Baltimore metropolitan area organizations. It does not fund educational programs at higher education institutions, medical facilities, individual scholarships or fellowships. The Abell Fund also does not fund annual operating expenses, sponsorships, deficit financing, endowments, travel or memberships.