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 advance these focus areas:

Arts and Culture

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

  • Access to and participation in cultural experiences for low- and moderate-income individuals
  • Availability of a broad array of artistic opportunities and venues that reflect the community’s diversity
  • School partnerships and outreach programs

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

Community Development

We are committed to improving low- and moderate-income communities through programs that:

  • Create and sustain affordable housing
  • Promote economic development by financing small businesses or farms
  • Provide job training and workforce development
  • Revitalize and stabilize communities
  • Teach financial literacy

As part of its commitment to financial literacy Wells Fargo has developed Hands on Banking® / El Futuro en Tus Manos®, a comprehensive modular curriculum targeting age groups ranging from grade 4 to senior citizens


We consider requests from organizations whose primary purpose is:

  • Conserve natural resources
  • Provide environmental education


We support programs ranging from early childhood development through the university level, but the primary emphasis is on K-12 public schools. We support organizations that:

  • Promote academic achievement for low- and moderate-income students
  • Provide training for teachers and administrators working with low- and moderate-income students

Human Services

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

  • Provide basic needs assistance
  • Ensure access to health education programs and quality health care
  • Offer child care services

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 through September in the categories, and with the submission and review deadlines listed below:

  • Arts and Culture/Civic and Miscellaneous.
    • Grant deadline — February 15
    • Award grants — March - May
  • Health and Human Services
    • Grant deadline — April 15
    • Award grants — May - July
  • Education/Financial Education
    • Grant deadline — June 15
    • Award grants — July - August
  • Housing/Economic Development/Environment
    • Grant deadline — August 15
    • Award grants — September - December

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.

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 monthly, January – September. 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, Community Relations Consultant
Wells Fargo
200 Lomas Blvd NW
MAC Q2129-122
Albuquerque, NM 87102

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?

Yes, we review grants in specific fields per quarter. Please refer to the table below.

Fields Grant Deadline
Arts and Culture/Civic and Miscellaneous February 15
Health and Human Services April 15
Education/Financial Education June 15
Housing/Economic Development/Environment August 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.