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Primary focus areas:
- 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)
- 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:
- Preserving our environment through education programs that teach green practices
- Addressing critical needs such as hunger and homelessness
- Enabling and sustaining independence for individuals and families
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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
- Organizations that have been operating for less than two years
- Sports or athletic groups
- Capital campaigns
Wells Fargo prefers to fund outcome-driven programs versus unrestricted sponsorships and events for non-profits. However, if you would like to request support for a non-profit fundraiser or event, you may apply without regard to the focus area application process below. All sponsorship requests must be submitted online at least 90 days in advance of the event and no later than August 31, 2016.
Focus Area Application Process
Please visit the Our Giving Priorities tab to review our focus areas and determine the focus area category that corresponds most closely with the program for which you plan to request funding. You are invited to submit your funding request during the application period listed below for the focus area you have identified for your program. Requests that are incorrectly categorized or received outside these application periods will be declined.
- Human Services: December 1, 2015 – January 31, 2016
- Education and Environmental: February 15, 2016 – April 15, 2016
- Community Development: May 1, 2016 – June 30, 2016
- Cultural Excellence Grants: July 15, 2016 – August 31, 2016 (The RFP will be issued by July 1, 2016)
If your organization meets Wells Fargo’s eligibility requirements and fits with our philanthropic goals and objectives, we encourage you to proceed with our online application.
Community Support Rep
“Low- and moderate-income” is defined as income less than 80 percent of the area median income for the community served.
Yes, please review and adhere to the application periods stated on the How to Apply tab.
You may expect to receive a response within 60 days of your focus area’s application period ending.
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.
Please submit your request through our online application only.
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.
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.
A check is normally sent out within 30 days of approval.
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.
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.