Texas 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 serves Texas counties organized into the following regions:

Region Counties Served
Border and South Texas Aransas, Cameron, El Paso, Hidalgo, Jim Wells, Kleberg, Nueces, San Patricio, Webb, Willacy
Greater Austin Bastrop, Bell, Brazos, Burnet, Grimes, Hays, Llano, Madison, Robertson, Travis, Washington, Williamson
Greater Dallas and Fort Worth Bowie, Cass, Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Gregg, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Smith, Tarrant, Wise
Greater Houston and Southeast Texas Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Hardin, Harris, Jefferson, Liberty, Montgomery, Orange, Waller
Greater San Antonio Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Calhoun, Comal, DeWitt, Fayette, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Jackson, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Lavaca, Matagorda, Victoria, Wilson
Panhandle and West Texas Archer, Clay, Dallam, Ector, Freestone, Garza, Hale, Hartley, Hill, Howard, Hutchinson, Leon, Lubbock, McLennan, Midland, Montague, Potter, Randall, Swisher, Tom Green, Wichita, Yoakum

Overview: Wells Fargo is committed to working with local community partners to address challenges and create positive change. We support projects that keep our cities strong, diverse, and vibrant.

Funding priority is given to programs that align with our charitable focus on education, workforce development, personal finance, homeownership, and providing a safety net for basic human needs that benefit low- to moderate-income neighborhoods and can demonstrate measurable impact.

Border and South Texas

To create a successful pathway for the workforce of the future, Wells Fargo funds the following types of programs aimed at helping students in underserved communities to reach their greatest potential:

Education

  • Early childhood programs that promote healthy development and build a solid learning foundation
  • After-school mentoring and tutoring programs aimed at academic achievement that show grade or test score improvements
  • College and/or career readiness programs that promote college access, retention and graduation rates

Wells Fargo funds the following types of economic empowerment programs for individuals in low- to moderate-income communities:

Job Training, Workforce Development, and Small Business

  • Job skills and workforce development programs that connect individuals with livable wage careers
  • Micro-finance or community development financial institution (CDFI) programs that provide technical support to launch or grow small businesses
  • Business corridor revitalization projects that attract new business to under-resourced neighborhoods
  • Adult literacy and GED classes that build a strong foundation for future job opportunities

Financial Literacy, Affordable Housing, and Neighborhood Revitalization

  • Financial classes, coaching, or counseling programs that promote financial capability
  • Workshops that help students understand resources available to pay for college
  • Affordable housing organizations that target low- to moderate-income individuals and families
  • Asset building programs that promote adult education and home ownership

As part of its commitment to financial literacy, Wells Fargo has developed Hands on Banking®, a comprehensive modular curriculum targeting students that range in age from grade 4 through senior citizens. The program has been designed and developed by professional educators and is suitable for either classroom use or self-study. Lessons are aligned with Texas state education standards for grades 4 through 12. It is available in both English and Spanish. Visit https://handsonbanking.org to learn more.

Human Services, Arts and Culture, and Environment

  • Food banks, school-based feeding programs, and meal delivery programs that address access to healthy foods
  • Basic needs assistance programs that improve the lives of low-income individuals, the disabled, and veterans
  • Educational programs and cultural experiences that enhance community diversity
  • Conservation and environmental education classes

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

Information on grant programs that provide financial resources to strengthen and support sustainable military and veteran housing programs can be found on the website for the Wells Fargo Housing Philanthropy’s VeteranWINS Grant Program.

Greater Austin

To create a successful pathway for the workforce of the future, Wells Fargo funds the following types of programs aimed at helping students in underserved communities to reach their greatest potential:

Education

  • Early childhood programs that promote healthy development and build a solid learning foundation
  • After-school mentoring and tutoring programs aimed at academic achievement that show grade or test score improvements
  • Creative, arts-based learning programs tied to core curriculum that measure student increased comprehension of material presented
  • College and/or career readiness programs that promote college access, retention and graduation rates

Wells Fargo funds the following types of economic empowerment programs for individuals in low- to moderate-income communities:

Job Training, Workforce Development, and Small Business

  • Job skills and workforce development programs that connect individuals with livable wage careers
  • Micro-finance or community development financial institution (CDFI) programs that provide technical support to launch or grow small businesses
  • Business corridor revitalization projects that attract new business to under-resourced neighborhoods

Financial Literacy, Affordable Housing, and Neighborhood Revitalization

  • Financial classes, coaching, or counseling programs that promote financial capability
  • Workshops that help students understand resources available to pay for college
  • Affordable housing organizations that target low- to moderate-income individuals and families
  • Asset building programs that promote adult education and home ownership

As part of its commitment to financial literacy, Wells Fargo has developed Hands on Banking®, a comprehensive modular curriculum targeting students that range in age from grade 4 through senior citizens. The program has been designed and developed by professional educators and is suitable for either classroom use or self-study. Lessons are aligned with Texas state education standards for grades 4 through 12. It is available in both English and Spanish. Visit https://handsonbanking.org to learn more.

Human Services

  • Food banks, school-based feeding programs, and meal delivery programs that address access to healthy foods
  • Basic needs assistance programs that improve the lives of low-income individuals, the disabled, and veterans

NOTE: Please pay special attention to our deadlines for each focus area which are noted in the “How to Apply” section.(/bold)

For more grant opportunities focused on homebuyer counseling, education and foreclosure prevention counseling, please visit the website for the Wells Fargo Housing Philanthropy's Homeownership Counseling Grant Program.

Information on grant programs that provide financial resources to strengthen and support sustainable military and veteran housing programs can be found on the website for the Wells Fargo Housing Philanthropy’s VeteranWINS Grant Program.

Greater Dallas and Fort Worth

To create a successful pathway for the workforce of the future, Wells Fargo funds the following types of programs aimed at helping students in underserved communities to reach their greatest potential:

Education

  • Early childhood programs that promote healthy development and build a solid learning foundation
  • School-based programs that help students read on grade level by 3rd grade
  • After-school mentoring programs aimed at academic achievement that show grade or test score improvements
  • College and/or career readiness programs that correlate with increased graduation rates

Wells Fargo funds the following types of economic empowerment programs for individuals in low- to moderate-income communities:

Workforce Development

  • Job skills training and workforce development programs that connect individuals with livable wage careers
  • Youth career/job readiness programs that provide young adults ages 16-26 with out-of-school employment experience, cross-cultural and professional soft-skill development, technical training, and meaningful connections with employers and mentors

Financial Literacy

  • Financial classes, coaching, or counseling programs that promote financial capability and asset building

As part of its commitment to financial literacy, Wells Fargo has developed Hands on Banking®, a comprehensive modular curriculum targeting students that range in age from grade 4 through senior citizens. The program has been designed and developed by professional educators and is suitable for either classroom use or self-study. Lessons are aligned with Texas state education standards for grades 4 through 12. It is available in both English and Spanish. Visit https://handsonbanking.org to learn more.

Safety Net (focus on homelessness and food insecurity)

  • Emergency shelters for women and children that provide a safe environment for families
  • Transitional housing programs that create safe and stable homes for families transitioning out of homelessness
  • Food banks, school-based feeding programs, and meal delivery programs that support the elimination of food insecurity

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

For more grant opportunities focused on homebuyer counseling, education and foreclosure prevention counseling, please visit the website for the Wells Fargo Housing Philanthropy's Homeownership Counseling Grant Program.

Information on grant programs that provide financial resources to strengthen and support sustainable military and veteran housing programs can be found on the website for the Wells Fargo Housing Philanthropy’s VeteranWINS Grant Program.

Greater Houston and Southeast Texas

To create a successful pathway for the workforce of the future, Wells Fargo funds the following types of programs aimed at helping students in underserved communities to reach their greatest potential:

Education for Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade

  • Early childhood programs that promote healthy development and build a solid learning foundation
  • After-school mentoring programs aimed at academic achievement that show grade or test score improvements
  • Creative, arts-based learning programs tied to core curriculum that measure student increased comprehension of material presented
  • College and/or career readiness programs that correlate with increased graduation rates

Wells Fargo funds the following types of economic empowerment programs for individuals in low- to moderate-income communities:

Job Training, Workforce Development, Adult Literacy, and Entrepreneurship

  • Job skills training and workforce development programs that connect individuals with livable wage careers
  • Micro-finance or community development financial institution (CDFI) programs that provide technical support to launch or grow small businesses
  • Business corridor revitalization projects that attract new business to under-resourced neighborhoods
  • Adult literacy and GED classes that build a strong foundation for future job opportunities

Financial Literacy, Credit Counseling, Affordable Housing, and Foreclosure Prevention Counseling

  • Financial classes, coaching, or counseling programs that promote financial capability
  • Workshops that help students understand resources available to pay for college
  • Affordable housing developments that allow individuals and families to reside closer to employers or transportation options

As part of its commitment to financial literacy, Wells Fargo has developed Hands on Banking®, a comprehensive modular curriculum targeting students that range in age from grade 4 through senior citizens. The program has been designed and developed by professional educators and is suitable for either classroom use or self-study. Lessons are aligned with Texas state education standards for grades 4 through 12. It is available in both English and Spanish. Visit https://handsonbanking.org to learn more.

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

For more grant opportunities focused on homebuyer counseling, education and foreclosure prevention counseling, please visit the website for the Wells Fargo Housing Philanthropy's Homeownership Counseling Grant Program.

Information on grant programs that provide financial resources to strengthen and support sustainable military and veteran housing programs can be found on the website for the Wells Fargo Housing Philanthropy’s VeteranWINS Grant Program.

Greater San Antonio

To create a successful pathway for the workforce of the future, Wells Fargo funds the following types of programs aimed at helping students in underserved communities to reach their greatest potential:

Education

  • Early childhood programs that promote healthy development and build a solid learning foundation
  • After-school mentoring and tutoring programs aimed at academic achievement that show grade or test score improvements
  • Creative, arts-based learning programs tied to core curriculum that measure student increased comprehension of material presented
  • College and/or career readiness programs that promote college access, retention and graduation rates

Wells Fargo funds the following types of economic empowerment programs for individuals in low- to moderate-income communities:

Job Training, Workforce Development, and Small Business

  • Job skills and workforce development programs that connect individuals with livable wage careers
  • Micro-finance or community development financial institution (CDFI) programs that provide technical support to launch or grow small businesses
  • Business corridor revitalization projects that attract new business to under-resourced neighborhoods

Financial Literacy, Affordable Housing, and Neighborhood Revitalization

  • Financial classes, coaching, or counseling programs that promote financial capability
  • Workshops that help students understand resources available to pay for college
  • Affordable housing organizations that target low-to-moderate income individuals and families
  • Asset building programs that promote adult education and home ownership

As part of its commitment to financial literacy, Wells Fargo has developed Hands on Banking®, a comprehensive modular curriculum targeting students that range in age from grade 4 through senior citizens. The program has been designed and developed by professional educators and is suitable for either classroom use or self-study. Lessons are aligned with Texas state education standards for grades 4 through 12. It is available in both English and Spanish. Visit https://handsonbanking.org to learn more.

Human Services

  • Food banks, school-based feeding programs, and meal delivery programs that address access to healthy foods
  • Basic needs assistance programs that improve the lives of low-income individuals, the disabled, and veterans

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

For more grant opportunities focused on homebuyer counseling, education and foreclosure prevention counseling, please visit the website for the Wells Fargo Housing Philanthropy's Homeownership Counseling Grant Program.

Information on grant programs that provide financial resources to strengthen and support sustainable military and veteran housing programs can be found on the website for the Wells Fargo Housing Philanthropy’s VeteranWINS Grant Program.

Panhandle and West Texas

To create a successful pathway for the workforce of the future, Wells Fargo funds the following types of programs aimed at helping students in underserved communities to reach their greatest potential:

Education

  • Early childhood programs that promote healthy development and build a solid learning foundation
  • After-school mentoring and tutoring programs aimed at academic achievement that show grade or test score improvements
  • College and/or career readiness programs that promote college access, retention and graduation rates

Wells Fargo funds the following types of economic empowerment programs for individuals in low- to moderate-income communities:

Job Training, Workforce Development, and Small Business

  • Job skills and workforce development programs that connects individuals with livable wage careers
  • Micro-finance or community development financial institution (CDFI) programs that provide technical support to launch or grow small businesses
  • Business corridor revitalization projects that attract new business to under-resourced neighborhoods 
  • Adult literacy and GED classes that build a strong foundation for future job opportunities

Financial Literacy, Affordable Housing, and Neighborhood Revitalization

  • Financial classes, coaching, or counseling programs that promote financial capability
  • Workshops that help students understand resources available to pay for college
  • Affordable housing organizations that target low-to-moderate income individuals and families
  • Asset building programs that promote adult education and home ownership

As part of its commitment to financial literacy, Wells Fargo has developed Hands on Banking®, a comprehensive modular curriculum targeting students that range in age from grade 4 through senior citizens. The program has been designed and developed by professional educators and is suitable for either classroom use or self-study. Lessons are aligned with Texas state education standards for grades 4 through 12. It is available in both English and Spanish. Visit https://handsonbanking.org to learn more.

Human Services, Arts and Culture, and Environment

  • Food banks, school-based feeding programs, and meal delivery programs that address access to healthy foods
  • Basic needs assistance programs that improve the lives of low-income individuals, the disabled, and veterans
  • Educational programs and cultural experiences that enhance community diversity
  • Conservation and environmental education classes

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

Information on grant programs that provide financial resources to strengthen and support sustainable military and veteran housing programs can be found on the website for the Wells Fargo Housing Philanthropy’s VeteranWINS Grant Program.

 

Wells Fargo contributes to charitable 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.

Wells Fargo is unable to consider grants for the following types of organizations or activities:

  • Individuals
  • Advertising (To request a marketing sponsorship, please visit our sponsorship application.)
  • Start-up funding for new organizations without two years of audited financials
  • Political action committees, candidates, causes, and lobbying
  • Endowment campaigns
  • Video or film production
  • Promotional items
  • Labor activities
  • Vehicles
  • For-profit entities including small start-up businesses
  • Travel, including student trips
  • Organizations that serve communities outside of markets where we do business
  • Organizations that discriminate against any of their employees or applicants on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, marital status, status as a protected veteran or any other status protected by federal, state or local law

Multi-year and capital campaign funding proposals are considered but receive lower funding priority.

Please visit the Our Giving Priorities tab to review our focus areas and determine the category that corresponds most closely with the program for which you plan to request funding. You are invited to submit your funding request during the application period listed below for the focus area you have identified for your program.

All requests must be submitted via the online application. We will not review requests submitted via U.S. mail, e-mail, fax, or paper requests through a Wells Fargo team member. Please allow 120 days for a response to your request.

Border and South Texas

Wells Fargo will accept grant proposals from January through August by program category in the following application periods:

Program Category / Focus Area
Application Period
Education
January 10 – February 28
Job Training, Workforce Development,
and Small Business
March 1 – April 30
Financial Literacy, Affordable Housing,
and Neighborhood Revitalization
May 1 – June 30
Human Services, Arts and Culture,
and Environment
July 1 – August 31
Counties Served: Aransas, Cameron, El Paso, Hidalgo, Jim Wells, Kleberg, Nueces, San Patricio, Webb, Willacy


Apply Now

For more information, please contact:

Amber Mace, Community Relations
Email:  amber.mace@wellsfargo.com
Phone: 817-334-7056

Greater Austin

Wells Fargo will accept grant proposals from January through August by program category in the following application periods:

Program Category / Focus Area
Application Period
Education
January 10 – February 28
Job Training, Workforce Development,
and Small Business
March 1 – April 30
Financial Literacy, Affordable Housing,
and Neighborhood Revitalization
May 1 – June 30
Human Services, Arts and Culture,
and Environment
July 1 – August 31

Counties Served: Bastrop, Bell, Brazos, Burnet, Grimes, Hays, Llano, Madison, Robertson, Travis, Washington, Williamson


Apply Now


For more information, please contact:

Theresa Alvarez, Vice President and Community Relations Senior Consultant
Email: Theresa.Alvarez@wellsfargo.com
Phone: (713) 319-1732

Greater Dallas and Fort Worth

Wells Fargo will accept grant proposals from January through August by program category in the following application periods:

Program Category / Focus Area
Application Period
Education
January 10 – February 28
Workforce Development
March 1 – April 30
Financial Literacy
May 1 – June 30
Safety Net (focus on homelessness
and food insecurity)
July 1 – August 31

Counties Served: Bowie, Cass, Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Gregg, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Smith, Tarrant, Wise


Apply Now

For more information, please contact:

Kelly Hanley, Community Relations Senior Consultant
Email: Kelly.Hanley@wellsfargo.com
Phone: (817) 334-7008

Greater Houston and Southeast Texas

Wells Fargo will accept grant proposals from January through June by program category in the following application periods:

Program Category / Focus Area
Application Period
Education for Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade
January 10 – February 28
Job Training, Workforce Development,
Adult Literacy, and Entrepreneurship
March 1 – April 30
Financial Literacy, Credit Counseling,
Affordable Housing, and Foreclosure
Prevention Counseling
May 1 – June 30

Counties Served: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Hardin, Harris, Jefferson, Liberty, Montgomery, Orange, Waller.


Apply Now

For more information, please contact:

Tia Fuentes, Community Relations Senior Consultant
Email: Tia.Fuentes@wellsfargo.com
Phone: (713) 319-1732

Greater San Antonio

Wells Fargo will accept grant proposals from January through August by program category in the following application periods:

Program Category / Focus Area
Application Period
Education
January 10 – February 28
Job Training, Workforce Development,
and Small Business
March 1 – April 30
Financial Literacy, Affordable Housing,
and Neighborhood Revitalization
May 1 – June 30
Human Services
July 1 – August 31

Counties Served:  Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Calhoun, Comal, DeWitt, Fayette, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Jackson, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Lavaca, Matagorda, Victoria, Wilson


Apply Now


For more information, please contact:

Theresa Alvarez, Vice President and Community Relations Senior Consultant
Email: Theresa.Alvarez@wellsfargo.com
Phone: (713) 319-1732

Panhandle and West Texas

Wells Fargo will accept grant proposals from January through August by program category in the following application periods:

Program Category / Focus Area
Application Period
Education
January 10 – February 28
Job Training, Workforce Development,
and Small Business
March 1 – April 30
Financial Literacy, Affordable Housing,
and Neighborhood Revitalization
May 1 – June 30
Human Services, Arts and Culture,
and Environment
July 1 – August 31

Counties Served: Archer, Clay, Dallam, Ector, Freestone, Garza, Hale, Hartley, Hill, Howard, Hutchinson, Leon, Lubbock, McLennan, Midland, Montague, Potter, Randall, Swisher, Tom Green, Wichita, Yoakum


Apply Now

For more information, please contact:

Amber Mace, Community Relations
Email:  amber.mace@wellsfargo.com
Phone: 817-334-7056

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 to organizations 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 each year. If your proposal is declined you are welcome to reapply the following year.

When can we expect the check if we are approved?

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

Will Wells Fargo sponsor my Charitable Fundraising Event? (Dinners, golf, or gala sponsorship requests)

Wells Fargo may sponsor fundraising events, purchase tables at a dinner, or other similar activities on a limited basis. Please apply using our online application a minimum of 90 days prior to the event for consideration. Funding priority is given to direct program support compared to event sponsorship.