Georgia 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 Georgia, we serve the following regions and counties: 

Metro Atlanta Region Counties
Metro Atlanta Butts, Clayton, Cobb, Dawson, DeKalb, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Haralson, Heard, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Pike, Rockdale
Greater Georgia Region Counties
Americus Ben Hill, Coffee, Crisp, Dooly, Dougherty, Lee, Macon, Schley, Sumter, Terrell, Webster, Wilcox
Athens Barrow, Clarke, Jackson, Madison, Oconee, Oglethorpe
Augusta Burke, Columbia, Glascock, Jefferson, McDuffie, Richmond, Warren
Canton Cherokee
Carrollton Carroll
Cartersville Bartow
Columbus Chattahoochee, Harris, Marion, Meriwether, Muscogee, Talbot, Troup, Phenix City, AL Area: Russell
Cumming Forsyth
Dallas Paulding
Dalton Catoosa, Dade, Gordon, Murray, Walker, Whitfield
Douglasville Douglas
Gainesville Banks, Habersham, Hall, Lumpkin, White, Union
Griffin Spalding
Macon Baldwin, Bibb, Bleckley, Crawford, Dodge, Houston, Jones, Laurens, Monroe, Peach, Pulaski, Telfair, Twiggs, Washington, Wilkinson
Monroe Greene, Morgan, Newton, Walton
Newnan Coweta
Rome Chattooga, Floyd, Polk
Savannah Bryan, Bulloch, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh
South Carolina Aiken, Barnwell, Edgefield

Wells Fargo is proud to support organizations that work to strengthen our communities. We look for projects that keep our communities strong, diverse, and vibrant. Through the volunteer efforts of our enthusiastic team members and our contributions, we share our success with the communities in which we work and live.

Wells Fargo prefers to fund outcome-driven programs versus unrestricted sponsorships and events for non-profits.

Please view the guidelines for your region:

Metro Atlanta

Wells Fargo makes grants in two primary areas:

Community Development

We serve low-and-moderate income communities in the areas of:

  • Affordable housing
  • Financial literacy
  • Employment training and job development (workforce development)
  • Community revitalization and stabilization

Education

We support organizations and programs that work to eliminate the K–12th grade achievement gap in public education through curriculum-based school programs.

Wells Fargo also considers grants to organizations that support the following areas:

Arts and Culture

  • Arts and culture, science, and history organizations that advance education
  • Access and participation in cultural experiences for the broader community

Civic Engagement

  • Civic leadership and cultural diversity

Environment

  • Preserve our environment through education programs

Human Services

  • Enable and sustain independence for individuals and families

Greater Georgia

Wells Fargo makes grants in two primary areas:

Community Development

We serve low- and moderate-income communities in the areas of:

  • Affordable housing
  • Financial literacy
  • Employment training and job development (workforce development)
  • Community revitalization and stabilization

Education

We support organizations and programs that:

  • Work to eliminate the K–12th grade achievement gap in public education through curriculum-based school programs
  • Facilitate merit-based access to higher education for underrepresented groups

Wells Fargo also considers grants to organizations that support the following areas:

Arts and Culture

  • Arts and culture, science, and history organizations that advance education
  • Access and participation in cultural experiences for the broader community

Civic Engagement

  • Civic leadership and cultural diversity

Environment

  • Preserve our environment through education programs

Human Services

  • Enable and sustain independence for individuals and families

Please view the guidelines for your region:

Metro Atlanta

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 typically don't support organizations operating for fewer than 2 years after receiving 501(c)(3) status.

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
  • Fraternal and alumni organizations
  • Individual schools (private, public, charter, or parochial)
  • Recreational, athletic, or sports teams, programs, or leagues
  • Travel or conferences for non-profit agency personnel
  • Animal benefit programs
  • Higher education scholarships, fellowships, or internships

Greater Georgia

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 typically don't support organizations operating for fewer than 2 years after receiving 501(c)(3) status.

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
  • Fraternal and alumni organizations
  • Individual schools (private, public, charter, or parochial)
  • Recreational, athletic, or sports teams, programs, or leagues
  • Travel or conferences for non-profit agency personnel
  • Animal benefit programs

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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Please view the guidelines for your region:

Metro Atlanta

Grant requests are reviewed three times a year.

Applications are due, according to areas of focus, by the following dates:
February 1 - Community Development
April 1 -  Education, Arts and Culture, and Environment
August 1 - Human Services and Civic Engagement

Local decisions are typically made, and notifications sent, within two weeks of the committee meeting.

Wells Fargo will consider cause-related requests submitted through our online application system. Please submit sponsorship requests on the same online form at least 60 days prior to the event.

For more information, please contact your local Community Affairs office.

Kris Christy
Community Affairs Officer
Wells Fargo
171 17th Street, MAC G0128-07C
Atlanta, GA 30363
404-877-6603
Kristina.L.Christy@wellsfargo.com

Greater Georgia

Grant requests are reviewed throughout the calendar year, but it is recommended that you apply no later than August 1. Local decisions are typically made within 90 to 120 days of application.

Wells Fargo will consider cause-related sponsorship requests submitted through our online application system. Please submit sponsorship requests at least 60 days prior to the event.

For more information, please contact your local Community Affairs Manager.

Paula Beck
Community Affairs Manager
Wells Fargo
420 20th Street North, MAC W0125-046
Birmingham, AL 35203
205-254-4826
paula.beck@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.

What is the application timeline for the Metro Atlanta region?

In Atlanta, grant applications are reviewed, by focus area, three times a year. The deadlines are:
February 1 - Community Development
April 1 - Education, Arts and Culture, and Environment
August 1 - Human Services and Civic Engagement

Local decisions are typically made within two weeks of the committee meeting (held the following month of the deadline). In most cases, we will have notified you of your application's status within that period.

What is the application timeline for Greater Georgia?

In Greater Georgia, applications are reviewed throughout the calendar year but are due no later than August 1. You will receive notification of the decision 90 to 120 days after submitting your application. We respectfully request that you wait 120 days after submitting an application before contacting us regarding your application status. In most cases, you will have heard from us within that period.

Is there someone locally I can submit my request to?

Please submit your request through our online application.

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 4-6 weeks after approval.