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Corporate Giving – Maryland Guidelines

We appreciate your interest in Wells Fargo's philanthropic goals and objectives. At Wells Fargo, we believe that grant-making decisions are more effective when made locally. That's why Wells Fargo is actively involved in the communities where we live and work, and why our team members are leaders in helping our communities succeed.
In Maryland, we serve the following regions and counties:
Region Counties
Maryland Region Anne Arundel, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll, Charles, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Prince George’s and Montgomery.
Wells Fargo makes contributions in areas that we believe are important to the future of our communities’ vitality and success. We direct our contributions to non-profit organizations that work to advance the following focus areas.

Primary focus areas:

Community Development
  • Preventing foreclosure and promoting home ownership
  • Creating and sustaining affordable housing
  • Revitalizing low-income neighborhoods
  • Aiding the path to employment with workforce training and job-readiness skills
  • Supporting small business development through technical and financial assistance
  • Providing financial education training (please visit www.handsonbanking.org before applying; we will not fund the cost of supplies for similar financial literacy programs)
Education
  • Eliminating the pre-K – 12th grade achievement gap through services that support low- and moderate-income students
  • Providing mentoring and out-of-school programs that support academic success

Secondary Focus Areas:

Environment
  • Preserving our environment through education programs that teach green practices
Health and Human Services
  • Addressing critical needs such as hunger and homelessness
  • Enabling and sustaining independence for individuals and families
Arts and Culture
  • We support art, culture, science and history organizations’ educational outreach programs through our competitive Cultural Excellence Grant program. If you wish to receive our next Cultural Excellence Grant request for proposal, please send your contact information and request to tasha.brokenberry@wellsfargo.
NOTE: Please pay special attention to our deadlines for each focus area which are noted in the “How to Apply” section.
Wells Fargo makes contributions to organizations with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, as well as qualified tribal and governmental agencies, including public school systems.
Please note that Wells Fargo is unable to consider grants for the following:
  • National initiatives (however, we do encourage requests from local affiliates for programs occurring in our region)
  • Individuals seeking scholarships, fellowships, or sponsors for a particular cause
  • Individual K-12 schools
  • Animal-related causes (for example, rescue societies)
  • For-profit entities, including start-up businesses
  • Political, labor, religious, or fraternal activities
  • Organizations other than 501(c)(3) nonprofits, governmental or tribal entities
The following requests receive lower priority:
  • Organizations that have been operating for less than two years
  • Sports or athletic groups
  • Capital campaigns
If your organization meets Wells Fargo’s eligibility requirements and fits in with our philanthropic goals and objectives, we encourage you to proceed with our online application.
Beginning with our 2014 grant cycle, we will group and review requests by focus area. Please visit the Our Giving Priorities tab to review our focus areas and determine the category with which your program best aligns. You are invited to submit your request during the application period that best describes your program. Requests that are incorrectly categorized or received outside these application periods will be declined.
2014 application periods:
  • Health and Human Services: December 1, 2013 – January 31, 2014
  • Education and Environmental: February 15, 2014 – April 15, 2014
  • Community Development: May 1, 2014 – June 30, 2014
  • Cultural Excellence Grants: July 15, 2014 – August 31, 2014 (The RFP will be issued by July 1, 2014)
For more information or assistance in determining your focus area, please contact:
Tasha Brokenberry
Community Affairs Rep
Wells Fargo
Tasha.brokenberry@wellsfargo.com
1. How do you define “low- and moderate-income” individuals and families?
“Low- and moderate-income” is defined as income less than 80 percent of the area median income for the community served.
2. Are there deadlines?
Yes, please review and adhere to the application periods stated on the How to Apply tab.
3. How long does it take for an application to be reviewed?
You may expect to receive a response within 60 days of your focus area’s application period ending.
4. May I call during the review period to check on our application status?
We respectfully request that you wait 90 days after submitting an application before contacting us regarding your status. In most cases, you will have heard from us within that period.
5. Is there someone locally I can submit my request to?
Please submit your request through our online application only.
6. Will someone from Wells Fargo make a site visit to our organization?
Due to the volume of requests we receive, it is not always possible to personally visit each organization. When we do make site visits, they are only to requesting organizations that have submitted complete proposals, or organizations that have previously been funded.
7. If we are declined, may we reapply?
Wells Fargo receives far more grant requests from worthy organizations than we can support. If your application is declined, you are welcome to reapply the following year.
8. When can we expect the check if we are approved?
A check is normally sent out within 30 days of approval.
9. May we apply in more than one focus area or more than once a year?
No. Organizations may only submit one grant application per year. If that request is declined you are asked to wait until the following calendar year to resubmit.
10. Do you have any advice for how best to structure our request?
The “Funding Purpose- Project Description” serves as the executive summary of your request. You will be asked to upload “Detailed Project Information.” Please be concise and limit that document to 2-3 pages. If you received a grant from Wells Fargo in the prior year, explain the impact of that funding. Describe who you serve, the need for support, how funding would be used and what impact you plan to expand or sustain.