Colorado 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 is proud to support organizations that keep our communities strong, diverse, and vibrant.

Evolving our Strategic Philanthropy Approach

More focused giving + priorities = deeper, more measurable community impact

We have refined our strategic focus areas that we can have the greatest impact in assisting and improving our communities as follows:

Early Learning and Literacy
Closing the Achievement Gap
Post-Secondary College/Career Readiness

Community Development
Affordable Housing
Access to Economic Opportunity

Rural community programs and projects will be taken into consideration that fall out of the scope of these highlighted priorities so we can continue to support varying geographic needs.

Through a combination of strategic relationships with local and national nonprofits, grants, volunteer activities, and other community investments, we’re creating solutions that help strengthen the communities in which we operate and grow local economies.

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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:

  • Organizations that are not designated 501(c)(3) by the IRS
  • Organizations outside of Wells Fargo communities
  • For-profit entities, including start-up small businesses
  • Political action committees, candidates, causes, and lobbying
  • Labor, religious or fraternal groups
  • Individuals, including scholarships or fellowship assistance
  • Travel
  • Sports and athletic groups and activities
  • Equipment requests, including computer hardware or software
  • Marketing and promotional activities or merchandise
  • Start-up costs for organization
  • Video or film production
  • Research projects
  • Vehicles
  • Promotional merchandise
  • Animal related causes
  • Multi-year requests

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. Funding requests are accepted anytime from January through September 15. Only one request per calendar year per agency will be considered.

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The Community Assistance Fund grant program is no longer offered in 2018.  We now offer one link for all grant requests in Colorado

Please refer to the Our Giving Priorities Tab to review our focus areas to request funding. Please submit your request through our online application by clicking on Apply Now. 

For more grant information, please contact:
Katie Rollyson, Wells Fargo Community Affairs  

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?

Proposals and applications are reviewed quarterly. You will typically be notified of our decision no later than 90 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 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. 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.