Indiana 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.

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.

Economic Development

  • Programs with proven outcomes of growing and expanding minority-owned small business and entrepreneurs with technical assistance, backroom business services and/or access to capital
  • Adult Employment - Programming that promotes adult job readiness and skills development, literacy and English language learning
  • Grants that support financial education initiatives
  • Provide support to local affordable housing programs

Education

  • Support high school mentoring initiatives that prepare students to attend and graduate from a two- or four-year higher education institution
  • Youth Career/Jobs Readiness Programs that provide students ages 16-26 with out-of-school employment experience, cross-cultural and professional soft skill development,  technical training, and meaningful connections with employers and mentoring

Social Services

  • Initiatives that support early childhood development
  • Addresses issues that impact food security
  • Programming that provides access to high quality childcare for low-income individuals

Arts & Culture

  • Support major arts and culture institutions that contribute to the attractiveness of Indiana communities
  • Access to arts and culture experiences for low- and moderate-income individuals
  • Availability of a broad array of artistic opportunities and venues that reflect the community’s diversity

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.

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

  • Individuals
  • Advertising
  • Political action committees, candidates, causes, and lobbying
  • 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 our giving priorities, we encourage you to proceed with our online application. If you have any questions as you begin using the system, please utilize the “Need Support” button at the bottom of the welcome page once you have logged in. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Please allow 60 days for a response to your request.

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For more information or questions about local giving priorities, please contact:

Andrew Ruehl, VP/Community Affairs Officer
Wells Fargo Community Relations
100 East Wisconsin Ave, Suite 1200
Milwaukee, WI 53202-4107
MAC N9811-121
414-224-7485
andrew.ruehl@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.

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

Grant proposals are reviewed throughout the calendar year. You will typically be notified of our decision no later than 60 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 60 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. You are welcome to reapply the following year.

When can we expect the check if we are approved?

A check is normally mailed within 30 days of approval.