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.
Wells Fargo makes grants in the following areas:
We support the improvement of 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
We support K-12 institutions and related organizations that:
- Promote academic achievement for low to moderate income students with a focus on math, science and technology, and literacy
- 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
We support social and human service organizations whose work benefits low- and moderate-income individuals and communities, including programs that:
- Provide basic needs assistance
- Ensure access to health education programs and quality health care
- Offer child care services
Arts & Culture
Wells Fargo also considers requests from organizations that help enhance a community's quality of life through arts, culture or civic projects, and other activities that provide diverse opportunities for a community's residents.
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:
- For-profit entities, including start-up small businesses
- International organizations
- Political action committees, candidates, causes, and lobbying
- Labor, religious or fraternal groups
- Community and family foundations and single-issue or cause-related foundations
- Equipment requests, including computer hardware or software
- Marketing activities
- Sports/athletic group activities
- Film or video projects, including documentaries
- Travel-related expenses, including student trips or tours
- Promotional merchandise
- Capital campaigns
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. Only one grant per calendar year per agency will be considered; please do not send multiple requests throughout the year.
In order to be considered for funding for the current year, applications will be accepted January 3 through September 30. Applications submitted between October 1 and December 31 will not be accepted. Only one grant or sponsorship per calendar year per agency will be considered. Please submit your request through our online application; requests sent via U.S. mail, e-mail, by fax, or through a Wells Fargo team member will be returned.
For more information, please contact:
Andrew Tweedie, Assistant Vice President
1300 SW 5th Avenue
Portland, OR 97201
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 120 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 90-120 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 requests 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 days of approval.