Print this page

Environmental Grant Program

Throughout our history we have played a role in helping to strengthen communities across the country where we live and work. Today we continue to invest our resources into local communities - with a particular focus on projects that positively impact our environment.
We offer two environmental grant programs - focused on addressing local environmental priorities in our communities and providing support that fosters innovation to help accelerate a "green" economy.
Features of our programs:
  • Build partnerships with local environmental nonprofits who have projects that focus on sustainable agriculture and forestry, water quality, land conservation and support for building healthy urban ecosystems.
  • Seek opportunities to provide resources to universities, colleges, labs, and entrepreneur accelerator programs, all working on commercializing new clean technologies and innovations.
  • We also look for programs that can include opportunities to leverage our vast network of volunteers as well as programs that deliver long-term, measurable results.
Please learn more about the details of our programs by viewing the grant guidelines below.
Wells Fargo Environmental Grant Guidelines (PDF*)
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 to qualified tribal and governmental agencies, including public school systems.
Please note that Wells Fargo is unable to consider grants for the following:
  • Organizations that are not designated 501(c)(3) by the IRS
  • For-profit entities
  • Political action committees, candidates, and lobbying
  • Labor, religious, fraternal, military, and professional association activities
  • Individuals
  • Travel
  • Sports and athletic groups and activities
  • Endowment campaigns
To learn more about how we are investing our resources in environmental solutions across the country, please see our national and regional environmental grant reports. In 2011, we provided $4.4MM to more than 375 environmental nonprofits across the country. Over time, our environmental giving will continue to grow. Please follow us as we track and report the positive impacts of our programs.
2010 National Environmental Grant Report (PDF*)
2010 Regional Environmental Grant Report (PDF*)
2011 National Environmental Grant Report (PDF*)
2011 Regional Environmental Grant Report (PDF*)
2012 National Environmental Grant Report (PDF*)
Before applying, please review the Wells Fargo Environmental Grant Guidelines (PDF*) to determine that your organization meets Wells Fargo’s eligibility requirements.
Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities Grant Program
This grant program is funded through a partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Together, we identify and fund local environmental nonprofits that are working on high impact projects across our targeted communities. To apply, please access the application link below:
Environmental Community Grant Program RFP
Wells Fargo Clean Technology and Innovation Grant Program
This grant program funds research activities that will support the commercialization of new clean technologies by working with universities, colleges, research institutes and laboratories as well as entrepreneur incubator and accelerator programs. To apply, please access the application survey link below:
Environmental Innovation Grant Program
If you have questions or for more information please email: please reference Environmental Grant Program in the subject line of your email.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can my organization apply to both environmental grant programs?Show Details

Only one grant will be considered per organization per year for our environmental grant programs. So please elect to apply to the program where you feel you have the greatest fit.

How long until I will be notified if my grant has been approved or declined?Show Details

We respectfully request that you wait at least 45 days from the time of the submitted application date to follow up.

If approved how long until my organization will receive funding?Show Details

A check or funds transfer is typically completed within 60 days of approval.
*You need Adobe® Reader® to read PDF files. Download Adobe Reader for free.