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.
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. Our first priority is to support programs and organizations whose chief purpose is to benefit low- and moderate-income individuals and families.
In Arizona, Wells Fargo makes grants in three primary areas:
We support the improvement of low- and moderate-income communities through programs that:
- Create and sustain affordable housing
- Promote economic development
- Provide job training and workforce development
- Revitalize and stabilize communities
Wells Fargo accepts requests for financial support of educational institutions, as well as for nonprofits whose primary focus is to help these institutions. The primary focus of grant requests should be to promote academic achievement for low and moderate-income students. If you are seeking funding for K-12 public school classroom needs, please visit www.donorschoose.org.
As part of its commitment to financial literacy Wells Fargo has developed Hands on Banking®, a comprehensive modular curriculum targeting students that range in age from grade 4 through senior citizens. The program has been designed and developed by professional educators and is suitable for either classroom use or self-study. Lessons are aligned with Arizona’s state education standards for grades 4 through 12. It is available in both English and Spanish and can be found online at www.handsonbanking.org or www.elfuturoentusmanos.org.
We support requests from social and human service organizations that work primarily in low- and moderate-income communities to:
- Provide basic needs assistance
- Ensure access to health education programs and quality health care
- Offer child care services
Wells Fargo also considers requests from organizations that help enhance a community’s quality of life through arts, culture, or civic projects.
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 to qualified tribal and governmental agencies, including public school systems.
Please note that Wells Fargo is unable to consider grants for the following:
- Start-up costs for new organizations
- Political action committees, candidates, causes, and lobbying
- Endowment campaigns
- Video or film production
- Promotional items
- Labor activities
- Travel, including students trips
- For-profit entities including small start-up businesses
- Youth sports teams and leagues
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.
The Arizona Region accepts applications from January 1 to October 15. However, we recommend that you submit as early in the year as possible.
For more information, please contact:
Community Affairs Officer
100 West Washington Street, 23rd Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003
(602) 378-4601 (Direct)
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 a proposal to be reviewed?
Grant proposals are reviewed throughout the calendar year. You will typically be notified of our decision no later than 60 days after we receive your fully completed application.
May I call during the review period to check on our application status?
We respectfully request that you wait 60 days after submitting your proposal before calling to check on its status. In most cases, you will have heard from us within that period.
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 organizations that have submitted complete proposals, or to organizations we have previously funded.
If we are declined, may we reapply?
Wells Fargo receives far more grant proposals from worthy organizations than we can support each year. You are welcome to reapply the following year.
When can we expect the check if we are approved?
A check is normally sent within 30 days after a proposal has been approved.