Connecticut Grant Guidelines

We appreciate your interest in Wells Fargo's philanthropic goals and objectives. At Wells Fargo, we believe that grant-making decisions are more effective when made locally. That's why Wells Fargo is actively involved in the communities where we live and work, and why our team members are leaders in helping our communities succeed.

In Connecticut, we serve the counties of Fairfield, Hartford, Middlesex, and New Haven.

In the Connecticut the regions we serve are the counties of:

Fairfield, Hartford, Middlesex, and New Haven.

Wells Fargo makes contributions in philanthropic focus areas that we believe are important to communities’ vitality and success. We support programs and organizations that serve low-and moderate-income individuals and we prioritize organizations that intentionally promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.

We direct our contributions to non-profit organizations that work to advance these areas:

Primary Focus Areas


  • Addressing the pre-K – 12th grade achievement gap through interventions that occur in partnership with the students’ school and with a focus on low- and moderate-income students.
  • Out of School Time programs that provide academic enrichment using proven and scalable methods in the areas of STEAM, leadership development, career and college readiness and preventing summer learning loss.
  • Programs that support post-secondary education.

NOTE: Organizations whose primary mission is arts or culture (including but not limited to museums and theatres) should apply under the Arts & Culture focus area even if the proposed program is educational.

Community Development

  • Aiding the path to employment with workforce training and job-readiness skills, particularly those that support returning citizens, veterans and programs that offer stackable credentials. This may include programs provided by community colleges that are geared towards obtaining employment in a particular vocation that has been identified as a local area of opportunity.
  • Promoting, creating and preserving affordable rental housing and pathways to home ownership.(bullet)Programs that provide technical support and access to capital for diverse and underserved entrepreneurs and small businesses.
  • Programs that facilitate financial literacy and financial  empowerment
  • While asset building and financial education is important to Wells Fargo, we will not fund the cost of developing curriculum or supplies for financial literacy programs. Please visit (hyperlink) to access our free resources.

Secondary Focus Areas

Human Services

  • Addressing critical needs such as hunger and homelessness. This includes support of regional food banks and short-term transitional housing.
  • Comprehensive case management to bridge individuals and families with services that address critical needs. Support may include prevention and response to abuse or other issues affecting family stability.

NOTE: Health and disease-related programs are not a philanthropic focus, including requests for walks and runs.

Arts & Culture

  • Supporting art, culture, science, and history organizations that advance education through school partnerships or outreach programs. For example, professional development for teachers who integrate arts in the classroom and out of school enrichment programs for low income students.
  • Facilitating access to cultural experiences and artistic opportunities that reflect the community’s diversity.


  • Preserving our environment through educational programs that expose k-12 students to sustainability issues, green practices, and conserving our natural resources.

Wells Fargo makes contributions to organizations with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, as well as qualified tribal and governmental agencies, including public school systems.

We will not consider grants for the following:

  • Organizations without at least two years of formal operations as evidenced by a board of directors in operation for two years and two years of audited financials from an outside accounting firm.
  • Disease-related causes or direct health care
  • Chambers of Commerce or other membership organizations
  • Recreation, athletic, or sports teams, programs or leagues
  • National organizations (however, we do encourage requests from local affiliates for programs occurring in our region)
  • Individuals seeking scholarships, fellowships, or sponsors for a particular cause
  • Individual K-12 schools, clubs or teams
  • International organizations
  • Animal-related causes (for example, rescue societies)
  • For-profit entities, including start-up businesses
  • Political, labor, religious, or fraternal activities
  • Private foundations
  • Supporting organizations sub-classified as 509(a)(3) by the IRS
  • Capital campaigns
  • Alumni organizations or professional clubs
  • Beauty pageants
  • Marketing, advertising and promotional items or merchandise
  • Organizations other than 501(c)(3) nonprofits, governmental or tribal entities
  • Golf Outings

Wells Fargo prefers to fund outcome-driven programs versus unrestricted sponsorships and has limited funding for these requests. However, if you would like to request support for a non-profit fundraiser or event, all sponsorship requests must be submitted online at least 90 days in advance of the event and no later than end of September.

Please visit the Our Giving Priorities tab to review our focus areas and determine the focus area that corresponds most closely with the program for which you plan to apply for consideration. You are invited to submit your request during the application periods of January - October.   Requests that are submitted outside of these application periods will be declined.

If your organization meets Wells Fargo’s eligibility requirements and fits in with our philanthropic goals and objectives, we encourage you to proceed with our online application.

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If additional assistance is needed please contact:

Deborah Smith
Community Affairs Manager


Paralee Knight
Community Affairs Officer

How do you define “low- and moderate-income” individuals and families?

“Low- and moderate-income” is defined as income less than 80 percent of the area median income for the community served.

May I call during the review period to check on our application status?

Requests are not reviewed until the preparation period for the Contribution Council Meeting has ended. If you do not receive a reply from us within 90-120 days after application submission, you are welcome to email us.

Is there someone locally I can submit my request to?

Please submit your request through the online application process - "How To Apply".

Will someone from Wells Fargo make a site visit to our organization?

Due to the volume of requests we receive, it is not always possible to personally visit each organization. When we do make site visits, they are only to requesting organizations that have submitted complete proposals, or organizations that have previously been funded.

If we are declined, may we reapply?

Wells Fargo receives far more grant requests from worthy organizations than we can support. If your application is declined, you are welcome to reapply the following year.

When can we expect the check if we are approved?

A check is normally sent out within 45 days of approval.

May we apply in more than one focus area or more than once a year?

No. Organizations may only submit one grant application per year. If that request is declined you are asked to wait until the following calendar year to resubmit.

Do you have any advice for how best to structure our request?

The “Funding Purpose-Project Description” serves as the executive summary of your request. You will be asked to upload “Detailed Project Information.” Please be concise and limit that document to 2-3 pages. If you received a grant from Wells Fargo in the prior year, explain the impact of that funding. Describe who you serve, the need for support, how funding would be used and what impact you plan to expand or sustain.

I did not receive an email confirmation after I submitted the application.

Return to your application using the link

Submit your application by selecting the "Submit" button at the bottom of the page.

Who do I contact if I'm having technical issues or questions while I'm completing the application?

Use the "Need Support?" link so that a Cybergrants technician may assist.

Do I have to submit all documentation, even if my request is small?

Though not marked as such, please consider all sections of the application necessary. Incomplete applications will be declined.

My I contact Wells Fargo to discuss my proposal so we know if we have a chance of being funded?

Due to the large number of requests we receive, we are unable to pre-discuss grant proposals in advance of their submission.  Please review our state guidelines for a clear understanding as to whether or not your proposal would be consistent with our funding priorities.  If you feel your organization and program match our funding priorities, we invite you to submit a complete proposal.

How often can I reapply?

Wells Fargo entertains applications once per calendar year.  Whether an application is approved or declined, an organization may reapply the following calendar year.

May I e-mail the grant request to you or drop it off at a local branch?

No, we only accept online applications.

My organization is located in a community that is not listed above, can I still apply?

Due to the high volume of requests we receive, we give priority to proposals from organizations located and providing services in the communities that we serve.

If we are declined, may we call you to find out the reason why?

While we respect your desire for feedback and continuous improvement, the volume of requests we receive (often approaching 100 per focus area) prevents us from being able to provide personalized feedback. In most cases, there is nothing “wrong” with an application. We regret that we’re not able to fund all attractive proposals and have to build portfolios of grantees based on numerous factors.


National Philanthropy Programs: Wells Fargo supports a variety of national initiatives that invest money in local nonprofits working on critical community issues. Grant requests aligned to national organizations are by invitations only.