Vermont 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.

Across New England, we focus our giving on organizations providing a continuum of neighborhood stabilization programs helping people living in low- to moderate-income communities through the following focus areas:

  • Affordable Housing – First time home buyer workshops, foreclosure prevention and other efforts to help people of all ages become long-term, successful homeowners
  • Education – Out-of-school time programs that offer 10-14 year olds a blend of academic support, character and leadership development and enrichment experiences
  • Job Training – Workforce readiness training programs for 18-24 year olds that provide meaningful employment opportunities

Priority will be given to organizations in the following geographical areas:

  • Vermont: Burlington and surrounding communities

Review meetings and deadlines for 2019 include:

  • March 2019 Review Meeting (Deadline 3/1; Notifications by last day of month)
  • June 2019 (Deadline 6/3; Notifications by last day of month)
  • Aug 2019 (Deadline 8/1; Notifications by last day of month)

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:

  • Alumni organizations
  • Animal-related causes (for example, rescue societies)
  • Beauty pageants
  • Capital or endowment campaigns
  • Film or video production, including documentaries
  • For-profit entities
  • Foundations, including community and family foundations and single-issue or cause-related foundations
  • Fundraising dinners or events and tickets to fundraising events
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Individual sports teams including youth sports teams and leagues
  • Individuals including those seeking scholarships, fellowships, or sponsors for a particular cause
  • International organizations
  • Labor, religious, fraternal, military, and professional association activities 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
  • Marketing, advertising and promotional items or merchandise
  • Multi-year commitments and pledges
  • National initiatives (however, we do encourage requests from local affiliates for programs occurring in our region)
  • Organizations designed primarily for lobbying
  • Organizations outside of Wells Fargo communities
  • Personnel and operating expenses
  • Political action committees, candidates, causes, and lobbying
  • Research projects
  • Single disease issues
  • Travel, including conferences, seminars, tours and 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.

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Grant requests are reviewed throughout the calendar year. Local decisions are typically made within 90 to 120 days of application.

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:

Briana Curran
Community Development Representative 

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 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 can take from 90-120 days to receive a response.

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

We respectfully request that you wait 120 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.

If we are declined, may we reapply?

Wells Fargo receives far more grant requests from worthy organizations than we can support. If your application is declined, you are welcome to reapply the following year.

When can we expect the check if we are approved?

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