Florida 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 Florida, we serve the following regions and counties:


Region Counties
Northwest
Bay, Escambia, Holmes, Jackson, Leon, Madison, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Taylor, Walton, Washington
Northeast Alachua, Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Marion, Nassau, St. Johns, Volusia
Central Brevard, Highlands, Indian River, Lake, Martin, Orange, Polk, Osceola, Saint Lucie, Seminole, Sumter
West Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas
Southwest
Charlotte, Collier, Desoto, Lee, Manatee, Sarasota
South
Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Palm Beach

Wells Fargo makes contributions in areas that we believe are important to the future of our nation's vitality and success. Our first priority is to support programs and organizations whose chief purpose is to benefit low- and moderate-income individuals and families. We look for projects that keep our communities strong, diverse, and vibrant.

Wells Fargo makes grants in two primary areas:

Community Development

Wells Fargo is committed to supporting and improving our local communities. We make grants to organizations and programs that:

  • Help provide affordable housing for low and moderate income individuals
  • Promote economic development by financing small businesses or small farms
  • Provide job training for low and moderate income individuals
  • Provide financial education and promote economic empowerment
  • Help to revitalize low and moderate income communities

Education

Wells Fargo is committed to supporting programs that:

  • Promote academic achievement for low to moderate income students
  • Advance teaching through professional development and support
  • Prepare career and college ready students

Wells Fargo also considers grants in the following areas:

Human Services

Wells Fargo is committed to supporting social and human service organizations whose work chiefly benefits low- and moderate-income individuals. These organizations may be involved in a variety of areas, including:

  • Child care
  • Human services
  • Basic needs assistance

Arts and Culture

Wells Fargo will consider requests from organizations that work to enhance community diversity through:

  • Access to cultural experiences for low- and moderate-income individuals
  • Availability of a broad array of artistic opportunities and venues that reflect the community’s diversity
  • Educational programs

Civic Engagement

Wells Fargo will consider requests from organizations that work to enhance a community’s quality of life through projects involving:

  • Public policy
  • Community beautification
  • Civic leadership
  • Citizen education
  • Cultural diversity

Environment

We are committed to building strong environmental practices through programs that:

  • Conserve natural resources
  • Provide environmental education
  • Support the transition to a sustainable environment

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. Organizations must have broad community support and address specific community needs, and must be able to demonstrate fiscal and administrative stability.

Please note that Wells Fargo is unable to consider grants for the following:

  • Individuals
  • International organizations
  • 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
  • Private foundations
  • Political action committees, causes, or candidates
  • Books, research papers, or articles in professional journals
  • Fraternal or alumni organizations
  • Travel or conferences for non-profit agency personnel
  • Individual schools (private, public, charter, or parochial)
  • General operating expenses for organizations that already receive substantial support through United Way or United Arts drives in which Wells Fargo participates
  • Recreation, athletic, or sports teams, programs, or leagues
  • Organizations that have been operating for fewer than two years
  • Golf tournaments
Wells Fargo will consider cause-related sponsorship requests.

Please visit the Our Giving Priorities tab to review our focus areas and determine the category that corresponds most closely with the program for which you plan to request funding. You are invited to submit your funding request during the application period listed below for the focus area you have identified for your program.

All requests must be submitted via the online application. We do not review paper or email requests. Please allow 90 days for a response to your request. Requests that are incorrectly categorized or received outside these application periods will be declined.

The application periods are as follows:

  • Human Services: December 1 – January 31
  • Education: February 15 – April 15
  • Arts and Culture, Civic, and Environment: May 1 – June 30
  • Community Development: July 15 – August 31

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Wells Fargo prefers to fund outcome-driven programs versus unrestricted sponsorships and events for non-profits. However, if you would like to request support for a non-profit fundraiser or event, you may apply without regard to the focus area application process above. All sponsorship requests must be submitted online at least 90 days in advance of the event and no later than August 31.

For more information, please contact one of the Community Affairs Consultants listed below. If your request is statewide or cross-regional in scope, please contact Kate Wilson.

Northwest: Bay, Escambia, Holmes, Jackson, Leon, Madison, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Taylor, Walton, Washington

Northeast: Alachua, Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Marion, Nassau, St. Johns, Volusia

Heather R. Fincher (Julin-Pittman)
Community Affairs Consultant
Jacksonville, Florida
Heather.Fincher@wellsfargo.com

Central: Brevard, Highlands, Indian River, Lake, Martin, Orange, Polk, Osceola, Saint Lucie, Seminole, Sumter

South: Palm Beach

Kate Wilson
Community Affairs Manager
Orlando, Florida
kate.wilson@wellsfargo.com

Mariana Ordaz
Community Support Representative
Orlando, Florida
mariana.ordaz@wellsfargo.com

West: Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas

Southwest: Charlotte, Collier, Desoto, Lee, Manatee, Sarasota

Linda Hague
Community Affairs Consultant
Tampa, Florida
linda.hague@wellsfargo.com

South: Broward, Dade, Miami, Monroe

Patrick Morris
Community Affairs Consultant
Miami, Florida
patrick.g.morris@wellsfargo.com   

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.

Are there deadlines?

Yes, there are deadlines associated with all contributions. Please review and adhere to the application periods outlined on the “How to Apply” tab.

How long does it take for an application to be reviewed?

All requests are reviewed locally by focus area. Please allow 90 days for a response to your request.
Human Services: December 1 – January 31
Education: February 15 – April 15
Arts and Culture, Civic, and Environment: May 1 – June 30
Community Development: July 15 – August 31

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

We respectfully request that you wait 90 days after submitting an application before calling to check on your status. In most cases, you will have heard from us within that period.

Is there someone locally I can submit my request to?

All requests should be submitted through the online application only. The online application is available on the “How to Apply” tab.

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.

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

No. Organizations may only submit one application per year. If the 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?

In the application, the “Funding Purpose – Project Description” serves as the executive summary of your request. You will also 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 will be used and what impact you plan to sustain or expand.

When can we expect the check if we are approved?

A check is normally sent out within 4-6 weeks after approval.