Grant Process

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We proudly support nonprofit organizations that keep communities strong, diverse, and vibrant. Our philanthropic giving and community engagement is primarily focused on three areas we see as critical for economic advancement:

  • Housing affordability
  • Financial health
  • Small business growth

Nationally, the Wells Fargo Foundation collaborates with a wide range of national nonprofit organizations that have demonstrated success in one of our three focus areas and supports programming that has a broad reach, impacting several geographical areas, communities, and/or groups. We prioritize the needs of underserved populations and communities suffering from the greatest economic disparities.

Locally, we focus on supporting nonprofit organizations that align with our funding priorities, and may also support specific community needs in areas such as arts and culture, civic engagement, education, environmental, human services, and workforce development.

Update on our philanthropic response to COVID-19

Please note that the Wells Fargo Foundation has made some changes to our grant-making process given the overwhelming demands of COVID-19. We are currently working with our existing portfolio of grantees and are not currently accepting new applications. Unfortunately, we are unable to respond to unsolicited letters of inquiry or support every grant request. Please check back later in the year for any potential updates.


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
  • Demonstrate fiscal and administrative stability
  • Deliver services through one of our focus areas

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

In addition to meeting the eligibility requirements above, applicants for local grants must also:

  • Show broad community support
  • Address specific community needs
  • Be located in an eligible county

Online application

Requests for both local and national grants must be submitted online at the official online application at You must fill in all required fields before you can submit an application.

Find out more about our grants and giving at frequently asked questions.