Grant size: For single grantees, grants vary in size from $100,000 to $750,000, and are disbursed over five years. For collaboratives, grants vary in size from $250,000 to $1.25 million, and are disbursed over five years. A collaborative applicant must be a coalition of at least three nonprofits that will share the foundation’s grant funding by working together to implement a resident-driven, comprehensive neighborhood plan. Each collaborative selects a lead organization that represents the entire coalition, and serves as the lead grantee and fiscal agent. The lead grantee is responsible for coordinating the collaborative’s planning and overall implementation of activities as well as receiving and managing grant funds. Prior to applying as a collaborative, please review the detailed requirements on WFRF’s Collaborative Funding Opportunity (PDF).
Selection process: Grants are approved through a competitive, two-phase application process. For more information on this process, see “How to Apply.”
Evaluation process: All implementation grantees participate in robust evaluation processes designed to inform the neighborhood stakeholders of the project's performance, enhance collaboration, and assess the overall impact of the implementation initiatives. The evaluation includes:
- The systematic surveying of residents about the quality of life
- Surveying of the physical condition of neighborhood assets
- Quarterly reporting on agreed upon milestones and deliverables
- Assessing the change in select neighborhood indicators
Potential grantees must have a current 501(c)(3) status and a minimum of three years of audited financial statements. Prior to applying for this grant program, a comprehensive strategic neighborhood plan (completed or updated within the past three years) must be in place for the target area of the proposed project. Potential grantees must be able to demonstrate the milestones, deliverables, and outcomes of the planning process and how they will be measured and evaluated.
The proposed project should reflect the needs and priorities outlined in the neighborhood plan.
The Neighborhood plan must at least address the following:
- Neighborhood description (including a map of the area and baseline data describing neighborhood conditions, such as Census data)
- Concept/vision of the future of the neighborhood
- Description and prioritization of strategies to revitalize the neighborhood
- Description of the activities to be followed to achieve revitalization and, if available, responsible parties to carry out such activities
- Estimated financial requirements to carry out the activities
- Timetable for implementing the plan
Description of any official plans governing the neighborhood (e.g. City Master Plan)
- Children and Families
- Economic Development
- Affordable Housing and Housing Counseling
- Neighborhood Building
The Wells Fargo Regional Foundation uses an online grant application process. No paper applications will be accepted. Prior to applying you must attend an Intent To Apply Call. The call will provide key information critical to the application process.
Call dates and times are as follows:
February 4, 2016 at 2 pm Eastern Time
March 3. 2016 at 2 pm Eastern Time
August 18, 2016 at 2 pm Eastern Time
September 21, 2016 at 2 pm Eastern Time
To register for the call and for dial-in information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ready to get started?
Preview the Neighborhood Implementation Grant application (read-only version).
Prior to applying for a Neighborhood Implementation Grant, you will be asked a few short questions to determine your organization’s eligibility. If your answers indicate that your organization is eligible to apply for a planning grant, you will be forwarded to the online application. Take the eligibility quiz
If you need technical assistance during the online application process, click on the "Need Support" link at the bottom of each page. A representative from Cybergrants will contact you within 24 hours of your inquiry.
During phase one, Foundation staff will review the application and conduct preliminary site visits. Top applications will proceed to phase two.
If you have additional questions, please call 215-670-4300.
Phase two of the application process is by invitation only. After reviewing phase one proposals, the Foundation will invite selected organizations to submit a more in-depth application. Foundation staff will make a recommendation on the phase two applications to the Board of Directors of the Foundation, which makes all final funding decisions.
What we do not fund
General operating costs; strategic or business plans for organizations; “bricks and mortar” projects; individuals; political causes; candidates/organizations whose primary purpose is to influence legislation; national and international organizations; endowments; capital campaigns; debt reduction; special event
In addition, the Foundation generally does not support:
Pre-college-level private schools, colleges or universities, veteran or fraternal organizations, religious programs or activities, arts/cultural organizations, hospitals or medical centers, or health- and disease-related organizations.