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Wells Fargo Housing Philanthropy

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

We build stronger communities by investing and volunteering in support of sustainable housing initiatives and neighborhood revitalization efforts. We deliver industry leading community impact programs that advance neighborhoods, drive economic growth, and improve the communities we serve—while furthering our journey to rebuild trust.

To accomplish this mission, we collaborate with established local and national nonprofit housing organizations that demonstrate the ability to create affordable and sustainable housing initiatives serving low- and moderate-income households, including seniors, veterans, and underserved families and individuals. We believe everyone deserves a healthy, safe, and affordable place to call home.

Read more to find out if your organization is eligible.

Wells Fargo BuildsSM

The Wells Fargo BuildsSM program 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 households.

Get started

To inquire about this program, reach out to a local Wells Fargo contact to determine if they are interested in putting together a volunteer team and applying for a Wells Fargo Builds grant. The Wells Fargo team member can complete an 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. A high volume of funding requests comes through Wells Fargo Housing Philanthropy each year and we must prioritize these projects based on operational resources and community needs.

Grant funding

Grant funding depends on the number of volunteer hours the local Wells Fargo team can contribute; the more they volunteer, the more dollars can be directed to the nonprofit organization.


Funding Tier Wells Fargo Volunteer Hour Requirement Funding Level
Level 1 Minimum of 60 hours by volunteer team
Up to $15,000
Level 2
Minimum of 300 hours by volunteer team
Up to $20,000
Level 3
Minimum of 600 hours by volunteer team
Up to $35,000
Level 4
Minimum of 900 hours by volunteer team
Up to $50,000
Level 5
Minimum of 1,200 hours by volunteer team
Up to $65,000
Level 6
Minimum of 1,500 hours by volunteer team
Up to $80,000

Wells Fargo Builds application submission period

The application submission period is open from January 2nd until annual Wells Fargo Builds 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. The grant program focuses exclusively on homebuyer counseling, homebuyer education, and foreclosure prevention activities. All grants are reviewed by a local Wells Fargo Housing Philanthropy charitable giving manager and committee for final funding 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 HCGP 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

  • February 1 — 28, 2019 (decisions made by June 30, 2019)
  • July 1 — 30, 2019 (decisions made by November 30, 2019)

Online applications

You can submit a new application or return to an existing application or review the Homeownership Counseling Grant Program Application Guide for screenshots and helpful hints to help complete your application.

RealtyWINSSM

The RealtyWINSSM program is a suite of programs—including Good Neighbor Award, Volunteering Works Award, Local Good Neighbor Award, Realty Community Service Award, and Celebrate Giving Back — that extend our support of communities through partnerships with real estate associations.

The Realty Community Service Award recognizes and honors real estate agents who are members of a diverse trade organization and who give back to their communities. Real estate agents who are members of AREAA, NAGLREP, NAHREP, NAREB, and VAREP may be nominated. All nominations are reviewed by a panel with representatives from each participating real estate trade organization and Wells Fargo.

Grant funding

Grants will be awarded using a scorecard model based on a number of items, including: individual contribution (time and expense), tenure of contributions, and broadness of impact.

Funding tier
Number of grants available
Grant size

Winners

2

$7,500

Outstanding achievement

5

$5,000

Honorable mention

4

$2,500

Program eligibility guidelines

Real estate agents from participating trade organizations will be invited to self-nominate or nominate others who meet the program criteria. Nominees should have contributed to a program that improves the livability of a local community.

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

Proposal submission

Eligible nominations must complete and submit an online nomination survey to be considered.  Those who submit nominations during the submission period will be notified in writing about nomination decisions by the adjacent decision date. Incomplete nominations may delay the decision date. Online nominations will receive an immediate email confirmation that their nomination 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

April 15 — May 27, 2019 (decisions made by June 30, 2019)

Online nomination

Nomination surveys must be submitted via CyberGrants by May 27, 2019 to be considered. Case sensitive invitation code: RWIN

VeteranWINS®

Our VeteranWINS® 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/ rehabilitation work, 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 safe and secure housing for all veterans, specifically veterans at-risk of becoming homeless and/or homeless veterans.

Program segments

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

Market Size Population # of Grants Available Grant Size
Large 250,000 plus residents
12
$40,000/each
Small to Medium
Up to 249,999 residents
5
$25,000/each

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

January 2, 2019 — February 8, 2019 (decisions made by late May 2019)

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 HousingPhilanthropy@wellsfargo.com

Or, send mail to:
Wells Fargo Housing Philanthropy
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 counseling

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

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.

Rehabilitation/capital improvement work

Efforts that focus on returning a residential structure (specific to homes of low- to moderate-income (LMI) homeowners/ 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).

Supportive services

Efforts focused on the support of an individual(s) or the community to provide neighborhood stabilization and or revitalization through housing initiatives to support independent living, rental assistance programs, and other means of housing support to help ensure safe and secure neighborhoods and homes for veterans.