Alabama Grant 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 Alabama, we serve the following regions and counties:

Region Counties
Central Alabama Calhoun, Clay, Etowah, Jefferson, Randolph, Shelby, Talladega, Tuscaloosa
North Alabama Colbert, Cullman, Lauderdale, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan, Walker
Southeast Alabama Autuga, Coffee, Covington, Dale, Dallas, Elmore, Houston, Henry, Lee, Montgomery, Pike, Russell, Tallapoosa
Coastal Alabama Baldwin, Mobile

Wells Fargo is proud to support organizations that work to strengthen our communities. We look for projects that keep our communities strong, diverse, and vibrant. Through the volunteer efforts of our enthusiastic team members and our contributions, we share our success with the communities in which we live and work.

Wells Fargo prefers to fund outcome-driven programs versus unrestricted sponsorships and events for nonprofits.

Wells Fargo makes grants in two primary areas:

Community Development

We serve low- and moderate-income communities in the areas of:

  • Affordable housing
  • Financial literacy
  • Employment training and job development (workforce development)
  • Community revitalization and stabilization

Education

We support organizations and programs that:

  • Work to eliminate the K–12th grade achievement gap in public education through curriculum-based school programs
  • Facilitate merit-based access to higher education for underrepresented groups

Wells Fargo also considers grants to organizations that support the following areas:

Arts and Culture

  • Arts and culture, science, and history organizations that advance education
  • Access and participation in cultural experiences for the broader community

Civic Engagement

  • Civic leadership and cultural diversity

Environment

  • Preserve our environment through education programs

Human Services

  • Enable and sustain independence for individuals and families

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. We typically don't support organizations operating for fewer than 2 years after receiving 501(c)(3) status.

Please note that Wells Fargo is unable to consider grants for the following:

  • Individuals
  • International organizations
  • Religious organizations, unless they are engaged in programs that are non-sectarian, benefit a broad base of the community, and have a separate 501(c)(3) designation
  • Private foundations
  • Political action committees, causes, or candidates
  • Fraternal and alumni organizations
  • Individual schools (private, public, charter, or parochial)
  • Recreational, athletic, or sports teams, programs, or leagues
  • Travel or conferences for non-profit agency personnel
  • Animal benefit programs

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.

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Grant requests are reviewed throughout the calendar year, but should be submitted no later than August 1 for consideration in the calendar year. Local decisions are made and typically communicated within 90 to 120 days of application.

Wells Fargo will consider cause-related requests submitted through our online application system. Please submit sponsorship requests on the same online form at least 60 days prior to the event.

For Birmingham Area Only:  

Grant requests are reviewed three times a year. Applications are due, according to the areas of focus, by the following dates:
February 1 - Community Development
April 1 - Education, Arts and Culture, and Environment
August 1 - Human Services and Civic Engagement

For Birmingham, local decisions are typically made within two weeks of the committee meeting (held the following month of the deadline). In most cases, we will notify you of your application's status within that period.

For more information, please contact your local Community Affairs office.

Paula Beck
Community Affairs Manager
Wells Fargo
420 20th Street North, MAC W0125-046
Birmingham, AL 35203
205-254-4826
paula.beck@wellsfargo.com

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.

How long does it take for an application to be reviewed?

Grant applications are reviewed throughout the calendar year. You will receive notification of the decision 90 to 120 days after submitting your application.

For Birmingham area only:

Grant requests are reviewed three times a year. Applications are due, according to areas of focus, by the following dates:
February 1 - Community Development
May 1 - Education, Arts and Culture, and Environment
August 1 - Human Services and Civic Engagement

Birmingham area decisions are typically made within two weeks of the committee meeting (held the following month of the deadline). In most cases, we will notify you of your application's status within that period. 

May I call during the review period to check on our application status?

We respectfully request that you wait 120 days after submitting an application before calling to check on your status. In most cases, you will have heard from us within that period.

Is there someone locally I can submit my request to?

Please submit your request through our online application.

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.

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.

When can we expect the check if we are approved?

A check is normally sent out 4-6 weeks after approval.