Minnesota 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 serves Minnesota counties organized into the following regions:

Region
Counties Served

Twin Cities Metro Area

Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Washington, Scott

Greater Minnesota

Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Blue Earth, Brown, Carlton, Clay, Crow Wing, Dodge, Douglas, Faribault, Freeborn, Goodhue, Isanti, Itasca, Kandiyohi, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Lyon, Marshall, McLeod, Meeker, Mower, Nicollet, Nobles, Olmstead, Otter Tail, Rice, Sherburne, Steele, St. Louis, Stearns, Waseca, Winona, Wright

TC 7 County Metro Priorities

Overview: We understand that being active corporate citizens where we live and work is critical to the communities we serve and to our business. Funding priority is given to programs that are effectively addressing Minnesota’s economic racial disparity gap and low-income neighborhoods in three key areas:

  1. Financial Education: We recognize financial education as a core life skill and have developed HandsOnBanking.org, a free online individual/classroom curriculum for public use; we also offer several funding programs.
  2. Small Business Development: Programs with proven outcomes of growing and expanding minority-owned small businesses and those that provide aspiring entrepreneurs with technical assistance, backroom business services, and/or access to capital.
  3. Workforce Development:
    1. 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 mentors.
    2. Post-secondary education institutions who are leaders in their industry in enrolling, graduating and placing students of color in competitive jobs/careers may apply; funding must be for programs that directly support student transition from college to career.
    3. Adult Employment – Our primary support for adult employment is through Greater Twin Cities United Way; programs that do not receive United Way funding are eligible to apply for a project grant if they have proven outcomes of providing job training and job placement.

Additional Community Funding Strategies:

  • Sponsorships (501c3)/Team Member Community Leadership – We are proud to support community events that our team members are involved with and that align with the following Wells Fargo local and national priorities: Workforce Development, Small Business Development, Financial Education, Diversity & Inclusion, Veterans and Affordable Housing.
  • We are proud to be one of the largest workplace corporate contributors to Greater Twin Cities United Way to help build and support a strong community. We also support Affordable Housing initiatives through the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation and Education Institutions (preK through college) through our Team Member Education Matching Grant Program.

Greater Minnesota Priorities

Overview: We understand that being active corporate citizens where we live and work is critical to the communities we serve and to our business. Funding priority is given to programs that are effectively addressing Minnesota’s economic racial disparity gap and low-income neighborhoods in three key areas:

  1. Financial Education: We recognize financial education as a core life skill and have developed HandsOnBanking.org, a free online individual/classroom curriculum for public use; we also offer several funding programs.
  2. Small Business Development: Programs with proven outcomes of growing and expanding minority-owned small businesses and those that provide aspiring entrepreneurs with technical assistance, backroom business services, and/or access to capital.
  3. Workforce Development:
    1. 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 mentors.
    2. Post-secondary education institutions who are leaders in their industry in enrolling, graduating and placing students of color in competitive jobs/careers may apply; funding must be for programs that directly support student transition from college to career.
    3. Adult Employment – Programs that have proven outcomes of providing job training and job placement for adults are eligible for funding.

Additional Community Funding Strategies:

  • Sponsorships (501c3)/Team Member Community Leadership – We are proud to support community events that our team members are involved with and that align with the following Wells Fargo local and national priorities: Workforce Development, Small Business Development, Financial Education, Diversity & Inclusion, Veterans and Affordable Housing.
  • We also support Affordable Housing initiatives through the(hyperlink)Wells Fargo Housing Foundation(hyperlink)and Education Institutions (preK through college) through our Team Member Education Matching Grant Program.

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
  • 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 start-up businesses
  • Travel, including student trips

Please view the guidelines for the following charitable giving programs:

TC 7 County Metro Priorities

Workforce & Small Business Development

Application deadline: Feb.1, April 1, June 1, Aug. 1, Oct. 1

Funding Use: Grants must be used for one-time, non-recurring expenses that will help expand and/or improve program services, increase agency efficiencies, or implement innovation.

Marketing: website development, software, commercial printer, one-time agency print materials post rebranding

Technology: data system, phone system, servers, software, staff computers

Facility Renovation (does not include housing renovations)

Program Equipment: computers, vehicles, furniture, training equipment

Capacity Building: train the trainer, third-party evaluation, strategic planning, merger/acquisition

Pilot Program Expenses: may be considered if there is broad-based support from other funders to help sustain it

Financial Education Program Expenses:   see “Financial Education” tab

Capital Campaign Expenses: see “Capital Campaign” tab

  • Grants over $15,000 will be required to submit a one-year impact report
  • Describe the impact of the grant in the online application section titled “Success Measurements”; your one-year impact report will be compared to the information provided
  • Please provide a two-year comparison of program outcomes for the program you are requesting funding for
  • Grant Range: $15,000 to $30,000
  • Please upload into your application bids for all single expense items over $5,000
  • No consecutive year or simultaneous funding will be made to a single agency
  • Significant technology enhancements require a technology audit, bids from multiple vendors and justification of final selection, and statement of ROI


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For more information, please contact:
MayKao Fredericks, Vice President
Wells Fargo – Minnesota Region
3030 Nicollet Ave, 2nd Floor
MAC: N5353-020
Minneapolis, MN 55408
maykao.fredericks@wellsfargo.com

Financial Education

Application deadline: Feb.1, April 1, June 1, Aug. 1, Oct. 1

Funding Use: We recognize financial education as a core life skill and have developed HandsOnBanking.org a free online individual/classroom curriculum for public use. In addition, we provide funding for one-time expenses up to $5,000, such as curriculum development, outreach, program materials, and staff training/certification, to organizations that support financial education initiatives. Nonprofits that recognize financial education as a core life skill and would like to incorporate it into their existing program may apply for funding.

We also provide annual funding and volunteers to Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest and BestPrep to support in classroom financial education learning throughout Minnesota.


Apply Now


For more information, please contact:
MayKao Fredericks, Vice President
Wells Fargo – Minnesota Region
3030 Nicollet Ave, 2nd Floor
MAC: N5353-020
Minneapolis, MN 55408
maykao.fredericks@wellsfargo.com

Capital Campaigns

Application Deadline: July 1 st deadline for review in November

Funding Use: New construction or facility renovation

Additional Program Requirements:

  • Itemized breakdown of the campaign components and proposed/committed sources of income
  • 3-5 year income and expense projections to include a narrative of your assumptions
  • Contingency plan(s) if campaign goal is not met
  • An analysis of the impact that a new/expanded facility will have on the organization’s operating expenses; if an organization projects that operating expenses will increase, please include assumptions about the source/s of increased income that will be required

Funding Consideration: Priority is given to projects that have raised 50% or more of their capital campaign goal and/or near campaign completion; funding amount is based on the following three criteria:

  • The degree of agency’s overall alignment with the MLC’s funding priorities
  • Whether or not the agency has recently received a grant from the committee or another Wells Fargo grant program
  • Campaign budget size:
    • If your campaign is over $5 million the committee will consider up to 1% of your campaign goal up to $200,000 whichever is less
    • If your campaign goal is under $5 million the committee will consider 1%-3% of campaign goal up to $200,000 whichever is less
     

Apply Now


For more information, please contact:
MayKao Fredericks, Vice President
Wells Fargo – Minnesota Region
3030 Nicollet Ave, 2nd Floor
MAC: N5353-020
Minneapolis, MN 55408
maykao.fredericks@wellsfargo.com

Wells Fargo Community Leadership Academy

Application Deadline: The RFP announcement for this special initiative will be posted annually in March through the “Grant Alert” on Minnesota Council of Nonprofit’s website. The announcement will include information about the application deadline and a time sensitive invitation code. The invitation code must be entered into the online grant system when applying in order for an application to be considered.

Funding Use: Grants help expand and/or improve program services, increase agency efficiencies, or implement innovation.

Additional Program Requirements:

  • Accepting grant applications from 501c3 organizations located in the Twin Cities, Duluth, Mankato, Rochester, and St. Cloud

Funding Consideration:

  • Grant range: up to $12,000
  • Grants must be for one-time non-recurring expenses

Sponsorships 501c3/Team Member Community Leadership

Application Deadline: 1 st Monday of every month

* Application must be received at least 60 days prior to the event

Funding Consideration: Sponsorship level will be based on the following priorities:

  • The degree of alignment with Wells Fargo’s local and national community priorities
  • The breadth and depth of team member volunteerism and leadership
  • The degree of preferred donor recognitions listed below:
    • Logo recognition
    • Wells Fargo community ad program insert
    • Social, e-news, and mainstream media donor recognition
    • On stage recognition or speaking opportunity
    • If the request is for $1,000 or more, please include a breakdown of the sponsorship details that includes the different sponsorship levels and ticket/table cost

Additional Program Requirements:

  • Eligible applications must have Wells Fargo team member involvement.  Please include in the online application section titled “Team Member Advocate” the name of the Wells Fargo team member who is actively involved with the organization and will be responsible for implementing all sponsorship benefits.
  • In the section titled “Community Development” please include how the event aligns with our local and national priorities and a summary of Wells Fargo’s volunteer involvement to include the total number of volunteers and their impact on the organization.

Important: Marketing sponsorships for non-501c3 and/or for business development are not eligible to apply through Wells Fargo’s charitable giving website. For consideration, you may apply through https://wellsfargosponsorships.com or contact your Wells Fargo business relationship manager.


Apply Now


For more information, please contact:
MayKao Fredericks, Vice President
Wells Fargo – Minnesota Region
3030 Nicollet Ave, 2nd Floor
MAC: N5353-020
Minneapolis, MN 55408
maykao.fredericks@wellsfargo.com

Greater Minnesota Priorities

Workforce & Small Business Development

If your organization meets Wells Fargo’s eligibility requirements and aligns with our funding priorities, we encourage you to proceed with our online application by clicking the “Apply Now” button below.


Apply Now


For more information, please contact:
Shelly d’Almeida, Community Support Representative
Wells Fargo, 3030 Nicollet Avenue, 2nd Floor
MAC N9353-020
Minneapolis, MN  55408
michelle.dalmeida@wellsfargo.com

Financial Education

Funding Use: We recognize financial education as a core life skill and have developed HandsOnBanking.org a free online individual/classroom curriculum for public use. In addition, we provide funding for one-time expenses, such as curriculum development, outreach, program materials, and staff training/certification, to organizations that support financial education initiatives. Nonprofits that recognize financial education as a core life skill and would like to incorporate it into their existing program may apply for funding.

We also provide annual funding and volunteers to Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest and BestPrep to support in classroom financial education learning throughout Minnesota.


Apply Now


For more information, please contact:
Shelly d’Almeida, Community Support Representative
Wells Fargo, 3030 Nicollet Avenue, 2nd Floor
MAC N9353-020
Minneapolis, MN  55408
michelle.dalmeida@wellsfargo.com

Wells Fargo Community Leadership Academy

Application Deadline: The RFP announcement for this special initiative will be posted annually in March through the “Grant Alert” on Minnesota Council of Nonprofit’s website. The announcement will include information about the application deadline and a time sensitive invitation code. The invitation code must be entered into the online grant system when applying in order for an application to be considered.

Funding Use: Grants help expand and/or improve program services, increase agency efficiencies, or implement innovation.

Additional Program Requirements:

  • Accepting grant applications from 501c3 organizations located in the Twin Cities, Duluth, Mankato, Rochester, and St. Cloud

Funding Consideration:

  • Grant range: up to $12,000
  • Grants must be for one-time non-recurring expenses

Sponsorships 501c3/Team Member Community Leadership

Application Deadline: 1 st Monday of every month

* Application must be received at least 60 days prior to the event

Funding Consideration: Sponsorship level will be based on the following priorities:

  • The degree of alignment with Wells Fargo’s local and national community priorities
  • The breadth and depth of team member volunteerism and leadership
  • The degree of preferred donor recognitions listed below:
    • Logo recognition
    • Wells Fargo community ad program insert
    • Social, e-news, and mainstream media donor recognition
    • On stage recognition or speaking opportunity
    • If the request is for $1,000 or more, please include a breakdown of the sponsorship details that includes the different sponsorship levels and ticket/table cost

Additional Program Requirements:

  • Eligible applications must have Wells Fargo team member involvement.  Please include in the online application section titled “Team Member Advocate” the name of the Wells Fargo team member who is actively involved with the organization and will be responsible for implementing all sponsorship benefits.
  • In the section titled “Community Development” please include how the event aligns with our local and national priorities and a summary of Wells Fargo’s volunteer involvement to include the total number of volunteers and their impact on the organization.

Important: Marketing sponsorships for non-501c3 and/or for business development are not eligible to apply through Wells Fargo’s charitable giving website. For consideration, you may apply through https://wellsfargosponsorships.com or contact your Wells Fargo business relationship manager.


Apply Now


For more information, please contact:
Shelly d’Almeida, Community Support Representative
Wells Fargo, 3030 Nicollet Avenue, 2nd Floor
MAC N9353-020
Minneapolis, MN  55408
michelle.dalmeida@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.

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 proposals from worthy organizations than we can support. You are welcome to reapply the following year.

When can we expect to receive a check if we are approved?

A check is normally sent within 30 days of approval.