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Grant Process


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

  • Housing affordability
  • Financial health
  • Small business growth

We prioritize the needs of populations and communities suffering from the greatest economic disparities.

In addition, we also may provide local support for programs in arts and culture, civic engagement, education, environmental, human services,  and workforce development.


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

Proposals for local grants provide targeted support. In addition to meeting the eligibility requirements above, applicants must also:

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

National grants provide larger funding to organizations whose services reach across state lines. We collaborate with a wide range of public- and private-sector organizations to develop and scale new ideas. National grants require an invitation code and go through an extensive vetting process. To start the process, introduce your organization to one of our national program contacts.


  • The online grant application will open in February 2020.
  • Applications will be reviewed within 120 days of when an application is received.
  • Applications received after October 1 may not be reviewed until the first quarter of the following year.
  • Requests for fundraisers, events, or sponsorship support must be submitted online at least 90 days in advance of the event.

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.