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Neighborhood Planning Grants

Neighborhood Planning Grants are designed to support an intensive twelve- to twenty-four month resident-driven neighborhood planning process.
Neighborhood Planning Grants support direct expenses that are essential to the planning process such as:

  • Planning consultants and/or staff
  • Outreach and neighborhood organizing functions
  • Community meetings, and advisory group development


Neighborhood Planning Grants do not support organizational strategic or business plans.

Grant size: Grants range from $25,000 to $100,000.

Selection process: Grants are approved once each year through a competitive, two-phase selection process. Grant funds are disbursed based on performance over a twelve- to twenty four-month period. For information on this process, see “How to Apply.”

Evaluation process: All planning grantees participate in robust evaluation processes designed to guide the plan's development, enhance collaboration, and create a baseline for measuring the effectiveness of the plan's implementation. The evaluation includes:

  • The systematic surveying of residents about the quality of life
  • Quarterly reporting on agreed upon milestones and deliverables
  • Cataloguing neighborhood assets and investments


The final neighborhood plan must address children and families, education, economic development, affordable housing and housing counseling, and neighborhood building. The plan must also:

  • Demonstrate resident engagement on multiple levels and steering committee leadership
  • Neighborhood description (including a map of the area and baseline data describing neighborhood conditions, such as Census data)
  • Include a 10 year vision of the future of the neighborhood with implementation goals for the first five years.
  • 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 costs to implement the plan
  • Timetable for implementing the plan
  • Description of any official plans governing the neighborhood (e.g. City Master Plan)


See an example of a strong and complete neighborhood plan (PDF).

An application should include all of the following criteria to be eligible for a Neighborhood Planning Grant:

Potential grantees must have a current 501(c)(3) status and a minimum of three years of audited financial statements. There will be no exceptions made . The application should be for a comprehensive, resident-driven, neighborhood planning process. Potential grantees must be able to demonstrate the milestones, deliverables and outcomes of the planning process and how they will be measured and evaluated.

Prior to applying for a Neighborhood Planning 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.

What we do not fund
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:
June 18th, 2015 at 2:00pm (EST)
June 24th, 2015 at 2:00pm (EST)
To register for the call and for dial-in information, contact denise.motley@wellsfargo.com.

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Phase One
Preview the Neighborhood Planning Grant application (read-only version).

Prior to applying for a Neighborhood Planning 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.

While no paper applications will be accepted, some attachments may be forwarded by mail. When forwarding attachments by mail, please identify the submitting organization’s name, clearly label each attachment, and provide three copies. Attachments may be mailed to the following address:

Wells Fargo Regional Foundation
123 S. Broad Street, MAC Y1379-030
Philadelphia, PA 19109

During Phase One, Foundation staff will review the application and conduct preliminary site visits and identify applications which will proceed to Phase Two.

For additional questions, please call 215-670-4300.

Phase Two
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. The Foundation staff will make a recommendation on the Phase Two applications to the Board of Directors, which makes all final funding decisions.
Review, edit, or continue an application that is already in progress.

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What we do not fund

 
The Foundation does not support or consider grant requests for:

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 events

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.