North Dakota 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.

We accept grant request applications from organizations serving counties in North Dakota and the following counties in western Minnesota: Becker, Beltrami, Cass, Clay, Grant, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, Wilkin.

Wells Fargo is proud to support organizations that work to strengthen our communities. We look for projects that keep our communities strong, diverse, and vibrant. Through the volunteer efforts of our enthusiastic team members and our contributions, we share our success with the communities in which we live and work.

We strive to assist our communities by supporting non-profit organizations that provide services aligned with our strategic priorities and focus areas:

Workforce Development

  • We invest in opportunities that ensure local children are prepared to learn the academic and essential skills needed to succeed, and to support parents who need reliable and affordable child care and before/after school care options.
  • We make investments to improve the financial stability of local residents through financial education.
  • We support the development of ready to work programs that allow community members to obtain the essential interpersonal, academic, and technical skills to gain and sustain a job, and maximize a positive impact in the local economies.

Housing:

  • We work with local government and nonprofit entities to ensure services that link individuals and families to housing support services and to help stabilize their living situations.
  • We make investments to improve the quality and stock of safe and affordable housing for all. 

Basic Needs:

  • We support partnerships that foster an integrated and coordinated system of basic needs wraparound services that help individuals and families attain their full potential by securing access to healthy food, clothing and medical care.

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
  • Political action committees, candidates, causes, and lobbying
  • Video or film production
  • Promotional items
  • Labor activities
  • Vehicles
  • For-profit entities including start-up businesses
  • Travel, including student trips

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. For the following counties in western Minnesota: Becker, Beltrami, Cass, Clay, Grant, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, Wilkin, please use invitation code “dakotas” when prompted.

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The North Dakota region will accept applications from January 1 to October 31. However, we recommend that you submit as early in the year as possible. Grants will be reviewed throughout the calendar year. Please allow 60 days for a response to your request.

For more information, please contact:

Cristina Castro-Matukewicz
Vice President, Community Affairs Manager
Wells Fargo Bank
10010 Regency Circle, MAC F8004-011
Omaha, NE 68114
Tel: (402) 384-5632
Email: Cristina.V.Castro-Matukewicz@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.

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

Grant proposals are reviewed throughout the calendar year. You will typically be notified of our decision no later than 60 days after we receive your fully completed application.

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

We respectfully request that you wait 60 days after submitting your proposal before calling to check on its status. In most cases, you will have heard from us within that period.

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 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 out within 30 days of approval.