Abelard Foundation West - Common Counsel Foundation

Abelard is a family foundation with a 50-year history of progressive grant-making.

The Foundation is committed to supporting grassroots social change organizations that engage in community organizing which:

  • Utilizes membership or grassroots participation to represent the interests of communities in which they are based.
  • Expands community control over economic, social and environmental decisions affecting the community’s well-being.
  • Builds a strong informed voice on public policy issues.

Grant-making Information

Common Counsel Foundation manages Abelard Foundation’s western grant program.Organizations based in eastern states (east of the Mississippi River) should visit the website for the Foundation’s eastern office: http://www.fdncenter.org/grantmaker/abelardeast/

Abelard Foundation West offers general support grants in the range of $6,000 – $12,000. The Abelard Foundation has an open Letter of Inquiry (LOI) process, however full proposals are accepted by invitation only.

The first step in submitting a letter of inquiry is to thoroughly review the eligibility criteria and grant-making guidelines in order to ensure that your organization is a good fit for our grant program (this will save both your time and ours). Organizations that meet the eligibility and funding criteria are encouraged to submit the letter of inquiry form. Please understand that even if your organization fits within our guidelines, due to limited funds, we are only able to invite full proposals from approximately 10% of the organizations that apply.

There are two LOI deadlines each year – on January 15 and June 15. If the deadline falls on a weekend date or holiday, the deadline will be moved to the next business day after the weekend day or holiday.

Apply Online – Link to Online Grant System