New Mexico 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.

We direct our contributions to non-profit organizations that work to enhance these three primary focus areas:

Community Development

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

  • Provide financial education
  • Support job training and workforce development
  • Help provide affordable housing
  • Promote economic development
  • Help to revitalize and stabilize communities

Education

We support organizations that promote academic achievement for low- and moderate-income students by:

  • Eliminating the pre-K – 12th grade achievement gap in public education
  • Facilitating merit-based access to higher education for underrepresented groups
  • Providing post-secondary support to colleges and universities
  • Advancing teaching through recruitment, professional development, support, and retention of teachers

Human Services

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

  • Enable and sustain independence for individuals and families
  • Provide basic needs assistance

Wells Fargo also considers grants in the following areas:

Arts and Culture

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

  • Access to and participation in cultural experiences
  • Availability of a broad array of artistic opportunities and venues that reflect the community’s diversity

Civic Engagement

We consider requests from organizations that work to enhance a community’s quality of life through projects involving:

  • Public policy
  • Community beautification
  • Civic leadership
  • Citizen education
  • Cultural diversity

Environment

We consider requests for programs that:

  • Conserve natural resources
  • Provide environmental education
  • Support the transition to a sustainable environment

NOTE: Please pay special attention to our deadlines for each focus area which are noted in the "How to Apply" section.

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
  • Purchase of advertising
  • Start-up funding for new organizations
  • Political action committees, candidates, causes, and lobbying
  • Endowment campaigns
  • Video or film production
  • Promotional items
  • Labor activities
  • Vehicle
  • For-profit entities including small start-up businesses
  • Youth sports team/leagues

Wells Fargo will accept grant proposals January 15 through September 15 in the categories, and with the deadlines listed below.  If your organization meets Wells Fargo’s eligibility requirements and aligns with any of our stated focus areas, we encourage you to proceed with our online application.  All requests are reviewed locally.

  • Community Development – Financial education, job training and workforce development
    • Application period to apply – January 15 - March 15
    • Award grants — May 31
  • Community Development – Affordable housing, economic development, revitalization and stabilization of communities
    • Application period to apply – March 16 - May 15
    • Award grants — July 31
  • Education
    • Application period to apply – May 16 - July 15
    • Award grants – September 30
  • Human Services
    • Application period to apply – July 16 - September 15
    • Award grants – November 30
  • Arts and Culture, Civic and Environmental
    • Grant deadline to apply – Grant proposals for these focus areas may be submitted any time, between January 15 and September 15.
    • Award grants – Will be awarded in accordance with the schedule listed above (e.g., if your proposal is submitted by July 15, awards will be completed by September 30).

Please note that while a grant may be selected for funding in the months noted above, check disbursement will vary over the year.

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. Please only submit one program application per calendar year.

How to apply for event sponsorship (a non-marketing sponsorship request)

Wells Fargo often sponsors events, such as fundraising walks and community fairs, or purchases tables at such events. We will review these requests between January 15 – September 15.  Please apply with a minimum of 90 days prior to the event for consideration.  In order to be considered for funding, proceed with our online application.

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For more information, please contact:

Debi Randall, Vice President
Corporate Philanthropy and Community Relations
Wells Fargo
200 Lomas Blvd NW
MAC Q2129-122
Albuquerque, NM 87102
505-766-7320
Email: Debi.Randall@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.

Are there deadlines?

Wells Fargo will accept grant proposals January 15 through September 15 in the categories, and with the deadlines listed below.  If your organization meets Wells Fargo’s eligibility requirements and aligns with any of our stated focus areas, we encourage you to proceed with our online application.  All requests are reviewed locally. Please only submit one program application per calendar year.

Grant Deadlines:

  • Community Development – Financial education, job training and workforce development – March 15
  • Community Development – Affordable housing, economic development, revitalization and stabilization of communities – May 15
  • Education – July 15
  • Human Services – September 15
  • Arts and Culture, Civic and Environmental - Grant proposals for these focus areas may be submitted any time, between January 15 and September 15.

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.

If we are declined, may we reapply?

Wells Fargo receives far more grant requests from worthy organizations than we can support. If your request is declined you are welcome to reapply the following year.