Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania, we serve the following regions and counties:

Regions Counties
Greater Philadelphia Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Chester, Delaware
Central Pennsylvania Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, York
Lehigh Valley Lehigh, Northampton
Northeast Pennsylvania Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill
Western Pennsylvania Allegheny

We know that our company can only be as strong as the communities we serve. That is why we are committed to making sure that cities, towns, and neighborhoods across our region are strong, vibrant places to live, work, and grow.

At Wells Fargo we take our corporate citizenship very seriously and we are proud of the work we do on behalf of our communities. Thank you for taking the time review this website and for allowing Wells Fargo to be part of your community.

Wells Fargo makes grants in two primary areas:

Community Development

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

  • Create and sustain affordable housing
  • Facilitate financial literacy and empowerment
  • Provide job training and workforce development
  • Revitalize and stabilize communities


We support organizations that:

  • Promote academic achievement for low- and moderate-income students
  • Eliminate the pre-K – 12th grade achievement gap in public education through curriculum-based or school-sponsored programs

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 cultural experiences for low- and moderate-income individuals
  • 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 in:

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


We are committed to building strong environmental practices through programs that:

  • Conserve natural resources
  • Protect endangered species
  • Preserve the global environment

Human Services

We consider requests from social and human service organizations that :

  • Enable and sustain independence for individuals and families
  • Give access to health education programs and quality health 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
  • International organizations
  • Religious organizations, unless they are engaged in programs that are non-sectarian, benefit a broad base of the community, and have a separate 501(c)(3) designation
  • Political action committees, causes, or candidates
  • Alumni organizations
  • Individual schools (private, public, charter, or parochial)
  • Travel or conferences for non-profit agency personnel
  • Personnel and operating expenses

Requests that receive lower priority:

  • Private foundations
  • Supporting organizations sub-classified as 509(a)(3) by the IRS
  • Capital campaigns
  • Recreational, athletic, or sports teams, programs, or leagues

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.

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Grant requests are reviewed at quarterly meetings throughout the year. Once an application is received it is placed on the docket for the next scheduled meeting. You will receive notification of our decision within two weeks of the meeting.

Wells Fargo will consider cause-related sponsorship requests submitted through our online application system. Please submit sponsorship requests at least 60 days prior to the event.

For more information, please contact:

Aldustus (A.J.) Jordan
Vice President & Community Affairs Manager
Wells Fargo, Social Responsibility Group
123 S. Broad St, 15th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19109-1029
MAC Y1379-156

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.

May I contact Wells Fargo to discuss my proposal so we know if we have a chance of being funded?

Due to the large number of requests we receive, we are unable to pre-discuss grant proposals in advance of their submission. A careful reading of our guidelines will give you a clear understanding as to whether or not your proposal would be consistent with our funding priorities. If you feel your organization and program match our funding priorities, we invite you to submit a complete proposal.

How long does it take for an application to be reviewed?

Applications are accepted between January 1 and November 1 and reviewed at quarterly meetings throughout the year. Once an application is received it is placed on the docket for the next scheduled meeting. You will receive notification of our decision within two weeks of the meeting.

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

We respectfully request that you wait 90 days after submitting a proposal before contacting us regarding your application 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.

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. Site visits may be requested by emailing our local contact or submitting an application. Decisions around site visits are at the discretion of your local Wells Fargo representative.

How often can I reapply?

Wells Fargo entertains applications once per calendar year. Whether an application is approved or declined, an organization will be eligible to reapply on January 1 of the following calendar year.

When can we expect the check if we are approved?

A check is normally sent out within 30 to 45 days of approval.