Nebraska 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.

In Nebraska, we serve cities organized into the following regions:
Region
Cities
Omaha Metro Area
Omaha, Bellevue, La Vista, Papillion, Ralston

Greater Nebraska
Lincoln, Alliance, Bridgeport, Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney, McCook, Norfolk,  North Platte, Valentine, West Point 

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.

As part of its commitment to financial literacy, Wells Fargo has developed Hands on Banking®, a comprehensive modular curriculum targeting grade 4 to senior citizens. The program has been designed and developed by professional educators and is suitable for either in-classroom use or self-study. It is available in both English and Spanish and can be found online at www.handsonbanking.org or www.elfuturoentusmanos.org.

Wells Fargo also offers a range of financial education workshops covering topics such as the basics of money management, the fundamentals of homebuying and getting started with a small business.

Volunteerism

We focus our company-sponsored volunteer efforts on community development, housing, and financial education.

For more information about our financial education tools or volunteer program, please contact:

Cristina Castro-Matukewicz
Vice President/Community Affairs Manager
Tel: 402-384-5632
Cristina.v.castro-matukewicz@wellsfargo.com

Jane Braden
Contributions Administrator
Tel: 402-384-5662
jane.braden@wellsfargo.com

Donations

Wells Fargo prefers to fund outcome-driven programs versus unrestricted sponsorships and events for non-profits. Please view the guidelines for your region for more information:

Omaha Metro Area

Wells Fargo’s primary focus for the Omaha Metro Area is to support organizations that teach financial education, such as how to:

  • Identify "needs" vs. "wants"
  • Plan early for the future
  • Increase earning potential by learning new skills
  • Build a budget or spending plan
  • Become an entrepreneur by starting their own business venture
  • Build credit wisely and avoid too much debt
  • Invest in higher education and find the money to pay for it

Our goal is to be the leader in providing the Omaha community access to financial education tools and resources that will assist the most vulnerable residents meet their basic needs and improve their opportunities for financial success. As such, we also consider requests that address the following focus areas:

Education

We support education projects related to truancy and dropout prevention, grade level reading proficiency, and higher education scholarships to low and moderate income students.

Basic Needs

We support projects that promote housing stability, food security, and homelessness prevention.

Workforce Development

We support efforts that increase opportunities for youth and families to acquire essential interpersonal, academic, and technical skills so they can achieve employment.

Areas that receive lower priority:

Health and Human Services

Priority will be given to projects that focus on assisting low and moderate income clients and incorporate financial education as part of their outcomes.

Environment

Arts and Culture

Limited resources will be dedicated; criteria will be based on low and moderate income clients served, and programs that address access disparities.

Greater Nebraska

Wells Fargo makes grants in four primary areas:

Financial Education

The success of every community depends on its ability to increase its financial and educational resources. Wells Fargo is committed to the cause of financial education by providing several tools that enhance classroom and extracurricular activities for youth and continued education for adults.

Community Development

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

  • Create and sustain affordable housing
  • Provide job training and workforce development
  • Revitalize and stabilize communities

Education

We support organizations that: 

  • Promote academic achievement for low- and moderate-income students
  • Provide training for teachers and administrators who work with low- and moderate-income students
  • Encourage school partnerships with parents and guardians, the local community, and the business community

Human Services

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

  • Provide basic needs assistance
  • Give access to community services and education
  • Assist children and families

Wells Fargo also provides limited funds to requests from organizations that help enhance a community’s quality of life through arts and culture or civic projects.

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:

  • Multi-year commitments and pledges
  • Capital campaigns
  • Individuals, including scholarship or fellowship assistance
  • Political action committees, candidates, causes, and lobbying
  • Labor, religious, or fraternal groups such as service clubs or Greek Letter associations
  • Endowments
  • Equipment, including computer hardware and software
  • Marketing activities
  • Sports or athletic groups and activities
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Purchase or maintenance of vehicles
  • Film or video projects, including documentaries
  • For-profit entities, including start-up small businesses
  • Travel, including student trips or tours
  • Promotional merchandise
  • Beauty pageants

If your organization meets Wells Fargo’s eligibility requirements and fits in with our philanthropic goals and objectives, you may proceed with our online application. Please view the guidelines for your region for important deadlines.

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Please allow up to 120 days for processing of requests.

Omaha Metro Area Guidelines

Grant requests are accepted from January 1st to September 1st.  However, we recommend that you submit as early in the year as possible.  Sponsorship requests for charitable events are accepted throughout the year, but must be received at least 60 days prior to the event.

All requests must be submitted through the online application. We may request a project evaluation for funded grant applications.

Greater Nebraska Guidelines

Grant requests are reviewed throughout the year, but we strongly recommend that you apply no later than July 2nd.  Local decisions are usually made within 120 days after receiving the online request.  Sponsorship requests for charitable events are also accepted throughout the year, but must be received at least 60 days prior to the event.

All requests must be submitted through the online application.   We may request a project evaluation for funded grant applications.    > 

For more information please contact:

Cristina Castro-Matukewicz
Vice President/Community Affairs Manager
Wells Fargo
10010 Regency Circle, MAC N8004-011
Omaha, NE 68114
Tel: 402-384-5632
Fax: 402-384-5576 Cristina.v.castro-matukewicz@wellsfargo.com

Jane Braden
Contributions Administrator
Wells Fargo
10010 Regency Circle, MAC N8004-011
Omaha, NE 68114
Tel: 402-384-5662
Fax: 402-384-5576
jane.braden@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.

What is the application timeline for the Omaha Metro Area?

In the Omaha Metro Area we accept grant applications from January 1st to September 1st.  However, we recommend that you submit as early in the year as possible. Sponsorship requests for charitable events are accepted through the year, but must be received at least 60 days prior the event date.  Local decisions are usually made within 120 days after receiving the online request. We respectfully request that you wait until you hear from us via email about the disposition of your request.

What is the application timeline for the Greater Nebraska Region?

For Lincoln and other eligible communities outside the Metro Omaha Area, grant requests are reviewed throughout the year, but we strongly recommend that you apply no later than July 2nd.   Sponsorship requests for charitable events are also accepted throughout the year, but must be received at least 60 days prior to the event.  Local decisions are usually made within 120 days after receiving the online request. We respectfully request that you wait until you hear from us via email about the disposition of your request.

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

We respectfully request that you wait 120 days after submitting your proposal before contacting us regarding its 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 in the How to Apply section. Do not send requests via U.S. Mail, fax email, or through a Wells Fargo team member as they will not be considered.

Will someone from Wells Fargo make a site visit to our organization?

Due to the volume of proposals 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 that 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 to receive a check if we are approved?

A check is normally sent within 30-45 days of approval. You will receive an email from us indicating the approval of the request and then a second email when the check is mailed to your organization.

My organization is located in a community that is not listed above, can I still apply?

Due to the high volume of requests we receive, we give priority to proposals from organizations located and providing services in the communities that we serve.