Utah 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 is proud to support organizations that work to strengthen our communities. We look for projects that keep our communities strong, diverse, and vibrant. In addition to programs offering financial support, Wells Fargo has built an internal culture of giving back to our communities through the promotion of volunteerism among our team members. 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.

While we make grants in four primary areas: Community Development, Education, Human Services and Civic/Cultural/Arts we are also supportive of those nonprofit organizations for which Wells Fargo team members have made a commitment to volunteer via direct service or through committee or Board membership.

Wells Fargo makes grants in four primary areas:

Community Development

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

  • Create and sustain affordable housing
  • 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 from grade 4 to senior citizens.


Wells Fargo accepts requests for financial support of educational institutions and for non-profits whose primary focus is to help these institutions. The primary focus of grant requests should promote academic achievement for low- and moderate-income students. If you are seeking funding for K-12 public school classroom needs, please visit www.donorschoose.org.

Human Services

Wells Fargo accepts requests for support of human service organizations and gives priority to those whose work primarily benefits low and moderate – income individuals. Health charities are considered, but their priority for funding is low.


Wells Fargo considers requests for financial support from organizations that enhance a community’s overall quality of life, including arts programs, cultural festivals, and other activities that help provide opportunities for our community’s diverse 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.

In Utah, a charitable organization is required to be registered with the Utah Division of Consumer Protection before soliciting charitable contributions. All nonprofit organizations submitting a proposal to Wells Fargo should be registered with the Utah Division of Consumer Protection.

Please note that Wells Fargo is unable to consider grants for the following:

  • Individuals
  • Political action committees, candidates, causes, and lobbying
  • For-profit entities including start-up businesses
  • Endowments
  • Video or film production
  • Promotional items
  • Political, labor, religious, or fraternal activities
  • Travel, including student trips
  • Sports or athletic groups or activities
  • Vehicles
  • Multi-year programs
  • Capital campaigns

Apply Now

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.

The Utah Region accepts applications from January 1 to August 31. However, we recommend that you submit as early in the year as possible.

For more information, please contact:

Silvia Norman
Wells Fargo Utah Region
Mac U1228-08N
299 S. Main Street, 8th Floor
Salt Lake City, Utah, 84111-2578

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. Please refer to the How to Apply section for your specific region for deadline information. You will typically be notified of our decision no later than 90 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 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 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?

Once a completed application is approved, it is given to processing for payment.