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 is proud to support organizations that work to strengthen our communities. We know that our company can only be as strong as the communities we serve. That is why we are committed to making sure that cities, towns, and neighborhoods across our region are strong, vibrant places to live, work, and grow.

We strive to assist our communities by supporting non-profit organizations that improve economic development, human services, educational, artistic, cultural, civic and environmental programs. Our priorities are to support programs and organizations whose chief purpose is to benefit low- and moderate-income individuals and families.

In addition to providing direct support to nonprofit organizations we support the community through the following intermediary organizations/programs:

  • Social Service: Greater Twin Cities United Way
  • Home Ownership/Foreclosure Prevention: Minnesota Homeownership Center
  • Affordable Housing: Local Initiatives Support Corp.(LISC), Family Housing Fund, Greater Metro Housing Corp.(GMHC)
  • Arts & Culture: Minnesota State Arts Board
  • Higher Education: Minnesota Private College Fund
  • Pre-K-College: Wells Fargo Employee Educational Matching Gift 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:

Organizations that serve specific neighborhoods and cities (MNDonation)

If your organization meets Wells Fargo’s eligibility requirements and fits our funding priorities, we encourage you to proceed with our online application by clicking the Apply Now button below. When prompted, you must enter our funding focus invitation code "MNDonation". Applications received without this invitation code will not be considered or will be delayed.

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

Employment and Economic Development (7 County Metro Area)

Request for Proposal: The Minnesota Leadership Council (MLC) supports programs serving the city of St. Paul, the city of Minneapolis or the entire 7 county metro. Our priority is to fund one- time non-recurring program expenses in the areas of employment and economic development for low-income families and neighborhoods. The MLC is particularly interested in programs addressing the following:

  • Adult Employment
  • Out-of-School Time Youth Employment
  • Small business management and technical training for minority entrepreneurs

Important, when prompted, please use invitation code: MLC 

Funding Guidelines:

Funding is provided for one-time, non-recurring expenses such as equipment needs, technology, train-the-trainer program enhancements, merger expenses, facility improvements, etc. Startup expenses for new programs/initiatives may be considered if your organization is able to provide evidence of program sustainability.

  • Funding will be evaluated based on the overall results/outcomes/impact of the agency’s programs/services for clients. Additionally, the request will be evaluated based on the degree of impact/benefit the grant would have on your program and/or organizational needs. Organizations will be required to report on organizational accomplishments, outcomes and the use of the grant one year from the time of the grant;
  • The committee does not consider general operating or ongoing program support expenses largely due to the fact that Wells Fargo is the second largest funder of the Twin Cities United Way.
  • If your organization has been funded previously, you must provide a one year grant report prior to submitting a new request.
  • When using percentages anywhere in your proposal include the correlating numerical value next to the percentage. Do not use percentages out of context

Grant application deadlines: April 1, July 1, September 1, December 1*. Committee meetings and grant decisions are approximately 3-6 months after the application deadline. Please take this timing into consideration. Due to the significant increase in the number of proposals the MCC receives, incomplete proposals will delay the response time.

* December proposals are reviewed the following year in March.

Technology/Website Supplemental Information:

  • Assessment of current technology needs and recommendations
  • Board approved implementation plan
  • Qualifications of your technology vendor who will be doing the work, project bids & estimates
  • If your total technology project budget is greater than $40,000 please include a narrative of your due-diligence in selecting your technology vendor, project plan, timeline, and a copy of your contract/proposal from the vendor if you have one.
  • If your total technology project budget is greater than the amount being asked from Wells Fargo, please include your fundraising strategy.
  • Best Practice Technology Grant Request Sample Proposal (PDF)

If your organization meets Wells Fargo’s eligibility requirements and fits our giving priorities, we encourage you to proceed with our online application.

Apply Now

For more information, please contact:

MayKao Fredericks, Vice President
Wells Fargo – Minnesota Region
109 South 7th Street, 4th Floor
MAC: N9312-043
Minneapolis, MN 55402
612-667-7860
maykao.fredericks@wellsfargo.com

Capital Campaigns (7 Country Metro Area)

Capital Campaign – Request for Proposal: The committee has very limited funds available for capital campaigns that serve the city of Minneapolis, the city of St. Paul, or the entire Twin Cities Metro. The Capital Campaign grant priority is to support organizations and programs that are focused on Employment and Economic Development for Low Income Individuals and Neighborhoods. A secondary grant priority is to support major Arts & Culture organizations and/or when the campaign represents a major safety net. In order to conduct thorough due diligence, requests need to be submitted by June 1 in order to prepare for the October review meeting.

Important, when prompted, please use invitation code: MLC

Capital Campaign Supplemental Information:

  • 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
  • Organizations should include 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 your assumptions about the source/s of increased income that will be required.

If your organization meets Wells Fargo’s eligibility requirements and fits our giving priorities, we encourage you to proceed with our online application.

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
612-667-7860
maykao.fredericks@wellsfargo.com

Wells Fargo Community Leadership Academy (WFCLA) Special Initiative

Request for Proposal: The funding focus for the Wells Fargo Community Leadership Academy is announced each year in February through the Minnesota Council of Nonprofit’s “Grant Alert.” Please visit the “Grant Alert” site to view our Request For Proposal (RFP) announcement, as well as to access our online grant application system. Information about the application deadline and a time sensitive invitation code that expires on the date of the RFP deadline will also be provided. The invitation code must be entered into the online grant system when applying in order for an application to be considered. We regret that paper submissions will not be accepted.

The Wells Fargo Community Leadership Academy will accept grant applications from organizations located in the Twin Cities, Duluth, Mankato, Rochester, and St. Cloud.

Funding Guidelines:

Online Grant Guide & Required Budget Worksheet

Grant application deadlines:

Refer to the information under “Request for Proposal” above.

How to apply using the invitation code:

If your organization meets Wells Fargo’s eligibility requirements and fits our funding focus and time line, we encourage you to proceed with our online application. When prompted, you must enter the funding focus invitation code. Applications received without the invitation code will not be considered.

Apply Now

For more information, please contact:

Shelly d’Almeida
Community Support Representative
Wells Fargo Government and Community Relations Group
3030 Nicollet Avenue | Suite 200 | Minneapolis, MN 55408
michelle.dalmeida@wellsfargo.com
Tel 612-667-6733
MAC: N9353-020

 

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.