Washington 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 Washington, we serve the following counties:

Adams, Benton, Chelan, Clallam, Clark, Columbia, Cowlitz, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Grant, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lewis, Mason, Okanogan, Pacific, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Skamania, Snohomish, Spokane, Thurston, Wahkiakum, Whatcom, Yakima

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:

Community Development

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

  • Create and sustain affordable housing
  • 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 GED and ESL programs
  • As part of our commitment to financial literacy Wells Fargo has developed Hands on Banking® / El Futuro en Tus Manos®, a comprehensive modular curriculum targeting age groups ranging from grade 4 to senior citizens

Human Services

Wells Fargo is committed to supporting social and human service organizations whose work chiefly benefits low- and moderate-income individuals. These organizations may be involved in a variety of areas, including:

  • Addressing critical needs such as hunger and homelessness 
  • Give access to community services 
  • Enable and sustain independence for individuals and families

Arts and 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:

  • Individuals
  • For-profit entities, including start-up small businesses
  • International organizations 
  • Political action committees, candidates, causes, and lobbying 
  • Labor, religious or fraternal groups 
  • Foundations, including community and family foundations and single-issue or cause-related foundations
  • Equipment requests, including computer hardware or software
  • Marketing activities 
  • Sports/athletic group activities
  • Hospitals
  • Vehicles requests
  • Film or video projects, including documentaries
  • Travel related expenses, including student trips or tour
  • 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.

Apply Now

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:

Stephanie Wall, Senior Vice President
Community Affairs Manager
999 Third Avenue, 47th Floor
MAC P6540-470
Seattle, WA 98104
Email: stephanie.wall@wellsfargo.com

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?

Once the request is received our review process takes 30-45 days.

May I fax or e-mail the grant request to you?

No, we ask that you apply by using our online application process.

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

We respectfully request that you wait 60 days after submitting your application 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.

What is your funding cycle?

Grant and Sponsorship requests are accepted January 1st through September 30th and we will not hold over requests for the following calendar year. Only one grant per calendar year per agency will be considered.