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Wells Fargo Housing Foundation

Creating affordable and sustainable housing and investing in neighborhood revitalization to build stronger communities

We’ve invested more than $170 million, and 4.7 million volunteer hours by our team members, to build and rehabilitate 6,650 homes and counting.

Vision statement

We are a community leader dedicated to creating affordable and sustainable housing, and investing in neighborhood revitalization efforts to build stronger communities.

Mission statement

We work with nonprofit organizations to create affordable and sustainable housing initiatives serving low- and moderate-income households, including those for seniors, veterans, and under-served families. We build stronger communities by investing and volunteering in support of neighborhood revitalization efforts.

To accomplish this mission, we collaborate with established local and national nonprofit housing organizations that demonstrate the ability to create affordable and sustainable housing for low-to-moderate income families, seniors, and veterans, and to revitalize neighborhoods.

Read more to find out if your organization is eligible.

Team Member Volunteer Program

Our Team Member Volunteer Program (TMVP) provides financial support to eligible 501(c)(3) public nonprofit housing organizations when Wells Fargo team members help build, renovate, paint, or repair a home for low-to-moderate income homebuyers or homeowners.

Get started

To inquire about this program, reach out to your local Wells Fargo contact to determine if they are interested in putting together a volunteer team and applying for a TMVP grant. The Wells Fargo team member can then complete a TMVP application if they have volunteers to assist in a build. The application must be completed and submitted by a Wells Fargo team member at least 45 days prior to volunteerism.

While eligibility is a first step towards approval, it does not guarantee support. The Wells Fargo Housing Foundation receives many more requests than it can possibly support. Consequently, we must turn down many deserving projects.

Grant funding

Grant funding depends on the number of volunteer hours the local Wells Fargo team can contribute. The more they volunteer, the more they can earn for the nonprofit organization.


Funding Tier Wells Fargo Volunteer Hour Requirement Funding Level
Level 1 Minimum of 60 hours by volunteer team
Up to $10,000
Level 2
Minimum of 300 hours by volunteer team
Up to $15,000
Level 3
Minimum of 600 hours by volunteer team
Up to $30,000
Level 4
Minimum of 900 hours by volunteer team
Up to $45,000
Level 5
Minimum of 1,200 hours by volunteer team
Up to $60,000
Level 6
Minimum of 1,500 hours by volunteer team
Up to $75,000

A $5,000 maximum incentive per application is available for projects that serve the military, use green components, enable senior citizens to age in place, or work on foreclosed or abandoned properties.

Team Member Volunteer Program application submission period

The application submission period is open from mid-November through the last business day in September or until annual TMVP funding is fully committed.

Homeownership Counseling Grant Program

Our Homeownership Counseling Grant Program (HCGP) provides financial resources to local nonprofit housing organizations to create affordable and sustainable homeownership opportunities for low-to-moderate income (LMI) people. This is a small grants program. The average size grant is approximately $7,800. The grant program focuses on homebuyer counseling, homebuyer education, and foreclosure prevention activities. All grants are reviewed by a local Wells Fargo Housing Foundation charitable giving manager and committee for decision.

Program segments

We provide grants for costs directly associated with programs or projects that qualify as an HCGP program segment.

See program requirements and restrictions for more information on eligibility and requirements for our grant program.

Proposal submission

Eligible applicants must complete and submit an online application to be considered for funding. Those who submit applications during the following submission periods will be notified in writing about funding decisions by the adjacent decision date. Incomplete proposals may delay the decision date. Applicants submitting proposals online will receive an immediate email confirmation that their application has been received. Should the submission-period end date fall on a weekend or holiday, the submission period will extend to the next business day after the original submission period end date.

Submission periods

  • January 2 - February 1 (decisions made by May 15)
  • June 1 - 30 (decisions made by October 31)

To submit your online application

Review the Homeownership Counseling Grant Program Application Guide (PDF) for screen shots of and helpful hints in completing the Homeownership Counseling Grant Program Eligibility Quiz and Application.

Submit a new application or return to an existing application.

If you are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization having difficulty accessing or inputting information, or submitting a Wells Fargo Housing Foundation online application for the HCGP during an application submission period identified above, contact the CyberGrants support desk directly by sending an email to cgsupport@cybergrants.com  

New applications can only be accessed and completed during the stated submission periods. For application information, refer to the Homeownership Counseling Grant Program Application Guide.

VeteranWINSSM

Our VeteranWINSSM  Grant Program provides financial resources to help invest, strengthen, and support sustainable military and veteran housing programs.  Grant dollars may be utilized for new construction, capital improvement/renovation, and supportive services projects that focus on neighborhood revitalization and stabilization efforts.  Wells Fargo is committed to working with local nonprofits to provide solutions in support of efforts to address veteran homelessness.

Program segments

Read our VeteranWINS Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) for more information on eligibility and requirements for our grant program.

Proposal submission

Eligible applicants must complete and submit an online application to be considered for funding. Those who submit applications during the following submission period will be notified in writing about funding decisions by the adjacent decision date. Incomplete proposals may delay the decision date. Applicants submitting proposals online will receive an immediate email confirmation that their application has been received. Should the submission period end date fall on a weekend or holiday, the submission period will extend to the next business day after the original submission period end date

Submission period

September 19 – October 14 (decisions made by November 15)

Online applications

You can submit a new application, return to an existing application, or review the VeteranWINS application guide for screenshots and helpful hints to help complete your application.

If you are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization having difficulty accessing, inputting information, or submitting a VeteranWINS online application during an application submission period identified above, contact the CyberGrants support desk directly by sending an email to cgsupport@cybergrants.com.

New applications can only be accessed and completed during the stated submission periods identified above. For information relative to the application, refer to the VeteranWINS application guide.

Need more information?

Call or email us at 1-612-667-5131 or wfhf@wellsfargo.com.

Or, send mail to:
Wells Fargo Housing Foundation
MAC N9405-041
300 Hwy 169 S., 4th Floor
St. Louis Park, MN 55426

Eligible organizations

Ineligible organizations

Homebuyer counseling

Counselor-to-client assistance that addresses unique financial circumstances and housing issues, and focuses on overcoming specific obstacles to achieve housing goals such as: repairing credit, locating cash for a down payment, recognizing predatory lending practices, understanding fair lending and fair housing requirements, avoiding foreclosure, or resolving a financial crisis. Includes credit and budget counseling efforts.

Homebuyer education

Education with an established curriculum and instructional goals, provided in a group or classroom setting or other formats (such as online), that covers such homeownership topics as the homebuying process, how to maintain a home, budgeting, the importance of good credit, and other homebuying related subjects. Pre-homebuyer education includes 4 to 8 hour workshops. Post-homebuyer education includes reverse-mortgage education efforts.

Foreclosure prevention

Efforts designed to help families keep homes that are facing foreclosure and stabilize the overall housing market. Provides information and assistance to avoid foreclosure.

Down payment/Closing cost assistance

Funding used for down payment assistance or closing costs that assist homebuyers and homeowners to purchase or retain their homes.

Home rehabilitation

Efforts that focus on returning a residential structure (specific to homes of low-to-moderate income (LMI) homeowners and homebuyers) to a state of utility, through repair or alteration. May include simple repairs or replacement of items such as a furnace or a ramp (for handicap accessibility).

New construction

Efforts that focus on site preparation for, and construction of, entirely new structures and/or significant extensions to existing structures (specific to homes of LMI homeowners and homebuyers) whether or not the site was previously occupied.

Supportive services

Efforts focused on the support of an individual(s) or the community to provide neighborhood stabilization and or revitalization through financial education, employment services, rental assistance, and/or other means of support to ensure safe and secure neighborhoods and housing opportunities.