California 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.

Wells Fargo serves California counties organized into the following regions: 

Region Counties
Central Valley Calaveras, Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare, Tuolumne
East Bay Inland and Greater San Jose
Alameda, Contra Costa, Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano
Greater Los Angeles and Coastal
Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura
Greater San Francisco
Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Sonoma
Inland Empire
Imperial, Riverside, San Bernardino
Northern California Alpine, Amador, Butte, Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo, Yuba
Orange County and San Diego
Orange, San Diego

Wells Fargo is proud to support nonprofit organizations that work to strengthen our communities. Wells Fargo uses financial and human capital to keep our communities strong, diverse, and vibrant. Our culture of giving back to our communities through volunteer efforts connects our enthusiastic team members in the communities in which we live and work.

While we make grants in three high priority areas: Community Development, Education, and Human Services, Wells Fargo also considers requests from organizations that help enhance a community's quality of life through art, cultural, or civic projects at a lower priority.

In California, Wells Fargo supports the community’s greatest needs:

Community Development

We support the improvement of low- and moderate-income communities through programs that:

  • Create and sustain affordable housing
  • Promote economic development by financing small businesses or farms
  • Provide job training and workforce development
  • Revitalize and stabilize communities

Education

We support organizations that:

  • Promote academic achievement for low- and moderate-income students with a priority emphasis on K-12
  • Provide training for teachers and administrators working with low- and moderate-income students
  • Encourage access to technical, post-secondary education opportunities

Human Services

We consider requests from social and human service organizations that work primarily in low- and moderate-income communities to:

  • Provide basic needs assistance (shelter, food, quality of life)
  • Ensure access to health and mental health programs
  • Promote child and youth services

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:

  • Individuals
  • Political action committees, candidates, causes, and lobbying
  • For-profit entities including start-up businesses
  • Endowments
  • Video or film production
  • Promotional items
  • Political, labor, religious, or fraternal activities
  • Travel, including student trips

Proposals to fund the following items are considered but receive lower priority:

  • Equipment, including computer hardware and software
  • Sports or athletic groups or activities
  • Hospitals
  • Vehicles
  • Multi-year programs
  • Capital campaigns 

Please view the guidelines and application process for your region:

Central Valley

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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The Central Valley Region accepts applications from January 1 to September 30. Only one grant or sponsorship per calendar year per agency will be considered.

Please submit your request through our online application; requests sent via U.S. mail, e-mail, by fax, or through a Wells Fargo team member will not be considered.

For more information, please contact:

Sabrina Kelley
Community Relations Consultant
8405 North Fresno, Suite 302
MAC A0827-032
Fresno, CA 93720
(559) 437-7660
Email: Sabrina.Kelley@wellsfargo.com

East Bay Inland and Greater San Jose

If your organization meets Wells Fargo's eligibility requirements and fits our giving priorities, we encourage you to proceed with our online application.

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For more information, please contact:

Denise Miles
Community Relations Senior Consultant
333 Market St, 25th Floor
MAC A0119-251
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 271-2839
Email: dmiles@wellsfargo.com

Greater Los Angeles and Coastal

The Greater Los Angeles Region accepts applications from January 1 to September 30. However, we recommend that you submit as early in the year as possible. If your organization meets Wells Fargo's eligibility requirements and fits our giving priorities, we encourage you to proceed with our online application.

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For more information, please contact:

Luis Gonzalez
Community Relations Senior Consultant
333 S. Grand Ave, 11th Floor
MAC E2064-114
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 253-3423
Email: Luis.Gonzalez2@wellsfargo.com

Greater San Francisco

If your organization meets Wells Fargo's eligibility requirements and fits our giving priorities, we encourage you to proceed with our online application.

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In order to be considered for funding for the current calendar year, the San Francisco Bay Region will be accepting applications from January 1st to September 1st. However, we recommend that you submit as early in the year as possible.

Due to the increased demand for support, we can only accept one grant per agency per calendar year. If you are having an event, you will need to decide whether to submit for program support or event support but not for both. It is the Region’s preference that you submit for program or project services support. Please do not send requests via U.S. Mail, e-mail, fax or through a Wells Fargo team member as they will be returned.

For more information, please contact:

Mario P. Diaz
Community Relations Senior Consultant
333 Market St, 25th Floor
MAC A0119-251
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 537-8247
Email: diazm@wellsfargo.com

Inland Empire

The Inland Empire Region accepts applications from January 1 to September 30. However, we recommend that you submit as early in the year as possible. If your organization meets Wells Fargo's eligibility requirements and fits our giving priorities, we encourage you to proceed with our online application.

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For more information, please contact:

Flor Tolley
Community Relations Consultant
1250 Corona Pointe Court, Floor 03-310
MAC E3508-030
Corona, CA 92879-1780
(951) 817-2846
Email: Flor.Tolley@wellsfargo.com

Northern California

If your organization meets Wells Fargo’s eligibility requirements and fits our giving priorities, we encourage you to proceed with our online application.

Apply Now

The Northern California Region accepts applications from January 1 to September 30. Only one grant or sponsorship per calendar year per agency will be considered.

Please submit your request through our online application; requests sent via U.S. mail, e-mail, by fax, or through a Wells Fargo team member will not be considered.

For more information, please contact:

Kären C. Woodruff
Community Relations Senior Consultant
1510 Arden Way, Suite 202
MAC A1774-024
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 678-3696
Email: karen.c.woodruff@wellsfargo.com

Orange County and San Diego

The San Diego and Orange County regions accept applications from January 1 to September 30. However, we recommend that you submit as early in the year as possible. If your organization meets Wells Fargo's eligibility requirements and fits our local market giving priorities, we encourage you to proceed with our online application. Only one grant or sponsorship, per calendar year, per agency will be considered.

Apply Now

For more information, please contact your respective regions’ Community Relations contact below:

Orange County:

Jack Toan
Community Relations Associate Manager
2030 Main Street, 9th Floor
Irvine, CA 92614
MAC E2231-09D
(949) 316-0432
Email: jack.toan@wellsfargo.com

San Diego County:

Xiomara Arroyo
Community Relations Consultant
1350 Fashion Valley Road, 3rd Floor
San Diego, Ca. 92108
MAC E2409-023
(619) 688-2854
Email: Xiomara.Arroyo@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 a proposal to be reviewed?

Grant proposals are reviewed throughout the calendar year. You will typically be notified of our decision no later than 120 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 90-120 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 requests from worthy organizations than we can support each year. If your proposal is declined you are welcome to reapply the following year.

When can we expect the check if we are approved?

Once a completed application is approved, it is given to processing for payment.