Missouri 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 makes contributions in areas that we believe are important to the future of our nation’s vitality and success.  Our first priority is to support programs and organizations whose chief purpose is to benefit low and moderate income individuals and families.  We look for projects that keep our communities strong, diverse and vibrant. 

St. Louis Metro Area Priorities

We strive to assist our communities by supporting nonprofit organizations that provide social, economic, and environmental programs. When applying, please specify how the nonprofit organization and/or programming aligns with the following giving priorities for the respective areas. 

  • Organizations and programs functioning outside of the priorities mentioned below will not be considered. Funding is strictly for grants and/or programming. Unsolicited sponsorship requests will not be considered.

  • Diversity & Social Inclusion
    Challenging young minds to embrace difference. We support youth initiatives that advance social equity through arts, education and leadership training. Our investments build upon our longstanding support of the arts.

    Example: A program that promotes creative thinking, social and financial development among K-12 students.

  • Economic Empowerment
    Opening doors of opportunity for young workers. We collaborate with the United Way of Greater St. Louis to reduce the unemployment rate for individuals between the ages of 16 and 24 through financial education and jobs programs.

    Example: A workforce development program that provides job training to underprivileged populations.

  • Environmental Sustainability
    Cultivating healthier neighborhoods. We continue to support institutions whose conservation and educational efforts are invaluable to the health of our city.

    Example: A program that plants gardens in local areas around the city while educating on the importance of maintaining a healthy environment.

  • Elder Protection
    Safeguarding the legacy of older generations. We support agencies and non-profits working to identify and stop financial exploitation that can deplete the life savings of older adults. Our support will help caregiving organizations protect our elders from becoming targets of scams and financial abuse, and stop exploitation when it occurs.

    Example: An awareness training program that prepares the elderly with the ability to recognize financial scams.

    Other Areas We Consider
  • Human Services
    Wells Fargo is committed to supporting local social service organizations whose work chiefly benefits low- and moderate-income individuals in the following areas:
    • Programming dedicated to finding safe places for kids to play
    • Providing needed shelter and services for women and children in the community affected by violence
    • Identify programming for youth that reduces violence (after school, anti-bullying, etc.)

Greater Missouri Priorities

Wells Fargo makes grants in the following focus areas:

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

  • Facilitate financial education and empowerment
  • Provide job training and workforce development
  • Create and sustain affordable housing
  • Revitalize and stabilize communities

We support organizations that:

  • Promote K-12 academic achievement for low and moderate income students with a focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and math
  • Encourages school partnerships with parents and guardians, the local community and the business community
  • Advance teaching through recruitment, professional development, support and retention of teachers

Arts and Culture
We consider requests from organizations that work to enhance community diversity through:

  • Access to cultural 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
  • For-profit entities
  • National initiatives (however, we do encourage requests from local affiliates for programs occurring in our region)
  • Start-up funding for new organizations
  • 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
  • Political action committees, causes, or candidates
  • Organizations designed primarily for lobbying or labor activities
  • Alumni and fraternal organizations
  • Individual schools (private, public, charter, or parochial)
  • Travel, including conferences, seminars, tours and student trips
  • Video or film production, including documentaries

Requests that receive lower priority:

  • Private foundations
  • Endowment or capital campaigns
  • Recreation, athletic, or sports teams, or leagues
  • Hospital, clinics and single-disease issues
  • Animal benefit programs
  • Fundraising dinners or events and tickets to fundraising events
  • Marketing, advertising and promotional items or merchandise

Requests that receive higher priority:

Wells Fargo prefers to fund general operating support and measurable, outcome-driven programs that align with our giving priorities.

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. Applications are accepted from January 1 through September 15 on a rolling basis. All requests are reviewed locally. Please allow 90 days for a response to your request.

All requests must be submitted through the online application.

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For more information, please contact:

St. Louis

Vianey Beltran
Vice President, Community Relations

Greater Missouri

Ashley Williams
Community Relations Specialist

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.

May I contact Wells Fargo to discuss my proposal so we know if we have a chance of being funded?

Due to the large number of requests we receive, we are unable to pre-discuss grant proposals in advance of their submission. Please review our state guidelines for a clear understanding as to whether or not your proposal would be consistent with our funding priorities. If you feel your organization and program match our funding priorities, we invite you to submit a complete proposal. 

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

Applications are accepted between January 1 and September 30 and reviewed at quarterly meetings throughout the year. Once an application is received it is placed on the docket for the next scheduled meeting. You will receive notification of our decision within two weeks of the meeting.

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

We respectfully request that you wait 90 days after submitting a proposal before calling to check on your 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.

How often can I reapply?

Wells Fargo entertains applications once per calendar year. Whether an application is approved or declined, an organization will be eligible to reapply on January 1 of the following calendar year. 

When can we expect the check if we are approved?

A check is normally sent out within 30 to 45 days of approval.