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Wells Fargo Regional Foundation

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Improving the lives of families living in low-income neighborhoods

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for children and families living in low-income communities in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware by concentrating resources on comprehensive, neighborhood-based economic and community development initiatives. We award Neighborhood Planning Grants and Neighborhood Implementation Grants to support long-term, resident-driven neighborhood revitalization. See the counties we serve.

Note: We are not accepting new grant applications at this time. Please check back for future updates.

Neighborhood Planning Grants

Neighborhood Planning Grants are designed to help create a comprehensive neighborhood plan for a neighborhood. These grants support direct expenses that are essential to the planning process such as:

  • Planning consultants and staff
  • Outreach and neighborhood organizing functions
  • Community meetings and advisory group development

Grant size

Grants range from $25,000 to $100,000.

Applications

The Wells Fargo Regional Foundation is not accepting new grant proposals at this time. Please check back for future updates.

Preview the grant application (read-only)

Neighborhood Implementation Grants

Neighborhood Implementation Grants support comprehensive community development projects that target specific neighborhoods. The community development project typically based on a resident-driven neighborhood plan and is used for program costs only. It doesn't provide funding for deficits, general operating costs, or bricks-and-mortar capital development.

Grant size

  • Single grantees. Grants range from $100,000 to $750,000 and are disbursed over 5 years.
  • Collaboratives. Grants range from $100,000 to $1.25 million, and are disbursed over 5 years. Learn more about applying as a collaborative (PDF).

Applications

The Wells Fargo Regional Foundation is not accepting new grant proposals at this time. Please check back for future updates.

Preview the grant application (read-only)

Neighborhood Implementation Renewal Grants

Neighborhood Implementation Renewal Grants (NIRGs) are designed to help Regional Foundation Implementation Grantees continue momentum in their comprehensive neighborhood revitalization initiatives for sustainability and long-term impact. These grants are awarded on a highly competitive basis to implementation grantees who are close to completion of their initial implementation grant.

Grant size

Each Implementation Grantee is eligible for 1 renewal grant at up to $500,000 for a single grantee and $825,000 for a collaborative. The grant is disbursed over a 5 year period.

Applications

The Wells Fargo Regional Foundation is not accepting new grant proposals at this time. Please check back for future updates.

Preview the grant application (read-only)

Community Development Corporation

The Regional Community Development Corporation (CDC), is a not-for-profit organization associated with Wells Fargo that seeks to improve the quality of life for low-income individuals and communities in New Jersey, Delaware, and Eastern Pennsylvania. The program makes investments, by invitation only, to nonprofit organizations and for-profit businesses for select ventures that are designed to promote community- and economic-development opportunities for low-income individuals and communities.

Investment size

Investments range from $25,000 to $250,000, over 1 to 5 years.

Investment programs

  • Indirect investments are loans that provide capital contributions to community development financial institutions
  • Direct investments are pre-development loans for physical development projects in neighborhoods where the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation is already invested

Questions?

Please contact wellsfargoregionalfdn@wellsfargo.com if you would like more information on the Wells Fargo Regional CDC.

Our Board of Directors and staff

Board of Directors

  • Peilin Chen
  • Doug Dimmig
  • Kevin Dow
  • Craig Drinkard
  • Robert F. Durkin
  • Jonathan D. Encarnacion
  • Wanda P. Hardy
  • Sidney Hargro
  • Joseph Kirk
  • John Thurber, Esquire
  • Christian Willauer

Staff

Aishah Miller, Senior Vice President and Executive Director

Aishah joined the team in November 2018. She provides oversight and management of the Foundation. Aishah brings a broad range of experience in leadership, management, and communications in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors as well as the community development finance industry. Aishah was recently a fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. She holds an MA in International Education and Economics from Columbia University and a BA in Political Science from Williams College.

Lauren M. Mikus, Program Officer and Community Relations Consultant

Lauren M. Mikus reviews and distills large quantities of data to inform the analysis of proposals, the evaluation of the investment portfolio, the advancement of lessons learned, and the increased awareness of the importance of this work on the lives of children and families.  Lauren holds a MA from Carnegie Mellon University in arts management and public policy and a BA from Pennsylvania State University in integrative arts.

Questions? Please contact wellsfargoregionalfdn@wellsfargo.com