Idaho 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.

These guidelines apply to organizations serving communities in Idaho, Eastern Oregon, and Spokane, WA.

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. Our first priority is to support programs and organizations whose chief purpose is to benefit low- and moderate-income individuals and families.

In Idaho, Wells Fargo makes grants in three primary areas:

Community Development

We support the improvement of low- and moderate-income communities through programs that:

  • Create and sustain affordable housing
  • Promote economic development by financing small businesses or small farms
  • Provide job training and workforce development
  • Revitalize and stabilize communities


We support organizations that:

  • Promote academic achievement for low- and moderate-income students with a focus on math, literacy, and science and technology
  • Provide training for teachers and administrators working with low- and moderate-income students
  • Encourage school partnerships with parents and guardians, the local community, and the business community

Human Services

We consider proposals from social and human service organizations that work primarily in low- and moderate-income communities to:

  • Provide basic needs assistance
  • Ensure access to health education programs and quality health care
  • Offer child care services

Arts and Culture

Wells Fargo also considers proposals from organizations that help enhance a community's quality of life through arts, culture or civic projects, and other activities that provide diverse opportunities for that community’s residents. Areas of particular funding interest are education and arts (museums, theater, opera, symphony, ballet, and all other types of performing or visual arts).

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 to qualified tribal and governmental agencies, including public school systems.

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

  • Individuals
  • Advertising
  • Start-up costs for new organizations
  • Political action committees, candidates, causes, and lobbying
  • Endowment campaigns
  • Video or film production
  • Promotional items
  • Labor activities
  • Vehicles
  • For-profit entities including small start-up businesses
  • Travel, including student trips

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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For more information, please contact:

Molly Lenty, Community Relations Manager
877 W. Main Street, Ste. 200
MAC U1858-020
Boise, ID 83702
208-393-2256 (Direct)
855-769-2852 (Fax)

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?

We accept proposals from January 1 through October 1 each year. Event sponsorships should be submitted at least 90 days prior to the event.

How long does it take for a proposal to be reviewed?

You will typically be notified of our decision no later than 90 days after we receive your fully completed application.

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

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

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 organizations that have submitted complete proposals, or organizations we have previously funded.

If we are declined, may we reapply?

Wells Fargo receives far more grant requests from worthy organizations than we can support each year. You are welcome to reapply the following year.

When can we expect the check if we are approved?

A check is normally sent within 30 days after a proposal has been approved.