Grant Process

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Wells Fargo and the Wells Fargo Foundation collaborate with a wide range of national and local nonprofit organizations that align with our strategic funding priorities: housing affordability, financial health, and small business growth. We prioritize funding to address these complex societal issues and help create a more inclusive, sustainable future for all.

Thank you for all of the work you are doing in the community. Wells Fargo is improving its grant-making approach, and the application portal is expected to open February 22, 2021.

Grant eligibility

To receive funding for any type of grant, organizations must:

  • Have tax exempt status under IRS code 501(c)(3), or be a qualified governmental agency, tribal entity or public school or school system
  • Be located in one or more of the counties we serve
  • Demonstrate fiscal and administrative stability
  • Deliver services addressing critical community needs that align with our strategic focus areas

Grant proposals are also evaluated based on the following considerations:

  • Ability to measure and report on established outcomes-based success metrics aligned to strategic objectives
  • Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Deliver innovative and scalable solutions
  • Leverage racial equity and social justice best practices and principles
  • Incorporate human capital and volunteerism

Wells Fargo will not consider grants for:

  • Individuals
  • Organizations that discriminate, including but not limited to, on the basis of race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, country of origin, citizenship, veteran, or disability status
  • 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
  • Political action committees, candidates, causes, and lobbying
  • Labor, alumni, or fraternal groups
  • Recreation, athletic, or sports teams, programs, or leagues
  • For-profit entities, including start-up small businesses
  • Travel, including student trips or tours

Grant application

Eligible nonprofits aligned to our giving priorities will receive an invitation to apply for funding which includes an invitation code to access the online application portal at and complete a grant application beginning in late February. Nonprofits aligned with our strategic focus areas and meeting basic eligibility requirements may email inquiries to the appropriate local or national contact to request an invitation.