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Diverse Community Capital

Building the capacity of CDFIs to support small businesses

Wells Fargo proudly supports more than 150 CDFIs of all sizes across the country. We provide tailored investment and debt strategies to support CDFIs’ efforts in both rural and urban communities to finance affordable housing, community facilities, and small and micro businesses.

  • New Markets Tax Credit program: Equity and debt investments for commercial development in low-income areas, with reduced borrowing costs for non-profits
  • Senior debt: Shorter-term, floating-rate for use as core lending capital by larger CDFIs
  • Structured debt: Layered, special purpose funds sponsored by CDFIs

Our Team

Megan Teare
CDFI Program Manager
megan.g.teare@wellsfargo.com
612-316-0512

Lee Winslett
Director of New Markets Tax Credits
lwinslet@wellsfargo.com
619-699-3037

Next Fund for Innovation

In its pilot year, this exciting new fund supports business models, products, platforms, or processes holding the ability to drive transformational change and scale in the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) industry. Through this exciting new fund, OFN will provide flexible capital for up to three CDFIs in amounts ranging from $500,000 to $2,000,000.

The NEXT Awards program (2007-2017) developed partnerships among Wells Fargo, OFN, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Prudential Financial, and the Kresge Foundation, and continues in the NEXT Fund for Innovation.

Wells Fargo NEXT Awards for Opportunity Finance

From 2007-2017, the Wells Fargo NEXT Awards for Opportunity Finance celebrated CDFI innovation and impact by investing more than $75 million in the nation’s most promising and innovative CDFIs. The program recognized CDFIs that make a difference in their communities, and worked to propel them to a higher level of growth, success, and staying power.

The NEXT Awards program developed partnerships among Wells Fargo, OFN, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Prudential Financial, and the Kresge Foundation, and while the Awards program ended in 2016, it is being continued through the NEXT Fund for Innovation.

Wells Fargo has committed an additional $100 million to CDFIs across the country through the Wells Fargo Works for Small Business®: Diverse Community Capital program. Beginning in 2018 and continuing through 2020, the DCC program will offer two unique funding opportunities delivered on a rotating schedule. Round 1 Activator Grants are now closed. Round 7 Capacity Building Grants will open January 7.

Program components

  • Capacity Building grants. The purpose of this grant funding is to build CDFI capacity (capital, resources, and knowledge) with flexible grant capital to increase and strengthen lending and technical assistance offerings to diverse small businesses.
  • Activator grants. The purpose of this grant funding is to support CDFIs working on and ready to make active or implement or expand a strategy with the potential for industry or market replication.
  • Social Capital. All awardees will be offered Social Capital activities through Opportunity Finance Network (OFN). Social Capital may include mentorship programs, an online learning community, and other collaborative efforts.

Funding for Capacity Building and Activator grants will be provided by the Wells Fargo Foundation. Community Lending and Investment may also offer programs providing additional funding opportunities.

Awardees

Congratulations to our DCC program recipients. See our full list of awardees below, and read a recent article how awardee, Northwest Native Development Fund, is making a difference in their community.

Program Launch 2015

  • Black Business Investment Fund Florida (BBIF) (Orlando, FL)
  • Hope Enterprise Corporate (Jackson, MS)
  • Main Street Launch (Oakland, CA)

Round one (2016)

  • Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs, Inc. (ACE) (Atlanta, GA)
  • Ascent Funding (Portland, OR)
  • Bridgeway Capital Inc. (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Carolina Small Business Development Fund (Raleigh, NC)
  • Community Investment Corporation (CIC) (Chicago, IL)
  • CommunityWorks (Greenville, SC)
  • Craft3 (Ilwaco, WA)
  • ECDC Enterprise Development Group (Arlington, VA)
  • Forward Community Investments, Inc. (Madison, WI)
  • Metropolitan Economic Development Association (Meda) (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Montana & Idaho CDC (Missoula, MT)
  • Natural Capital Investment Fund, Inc. (NCIF) (Shepherdstown, WV)
  • Pacific Community Ventures (San Francisco, CA)
  • Pathway Lending (Nashville, TN)
  • WWBIC, The Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation (Milwaukee, WI)

Round two (2016)

  • Accion serving Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas (Albuquerque, NM)
  • California FarmLink (Santa Cruz, CA)
  • Community First Fund (Lancaster, PA)
  • Four Bands Community Fund (Eagle Butte, SD)
  • Fresno CDFI (Fresno, CA)
  • Justine PETERSEN (St. Louis, MO)
  • Northwest Native Development Fund (Nespelem, WA)
  • PIDC Regional Development Corporation (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Self-Help Ventures Fund (Durham, NC)
  • Tampa Bay Black Business Investment Fund (Tampa, FL)
  • VEDC (Van Nuys, CA)
  • WomenVenture (Minneapolis, MN)

Round three (2017)

  • Accion Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • Accion serving Imperial, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties (CA)
  • African Development Center (ADC) (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Business Center for New Americans (New York, NY)
  • Coastal Enterprises Inc. (Brunswick, ME)
  • Latino Economic Development Center LEDC (DC & Baltimore, MD)
  • Local Enterprise Assistance Fund LEAF (Brookline, MA)
  • Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon MESO (Portland, OR)
  • Nebraska Enterprise Fund (Oakland, NE)
  • Northern Initiatives (Marquette, MI)
  • Opportunity Fund (San Jose, San Francisco, Los Angeles, CA)
  • PathStone Enterprise Center (Rochester, NY)
  • Prestamos CDFI, a subsidiary of Chicanos Por La Causa (Phoenix, AZ)
  • Working Solutions (San Francisco Bay Area, CA)

Round four (2017)

  • Accion East (New York, NY)
  • AmPac Tri-State CDC (Grand Terrace, CA) 
  • Cooperative Business Assistance Corporation (CBAC) (Camden, NJ) 
  • Economic and Community Development Institute (EDCI) (Columbus, OH) 
  • Initiative Foundation (St. Cloud, MN) 
  • LiftFund (San Antonio, TX) 
  • Pacific Coast Regional Small Business Development Corporation (Los Angeles, CA) 
  • San Diego Region Small Business CDC (San Diego, CA) 
  • South Carolina Community Loan Fund (Charleston, SC) 
  • Southern Bancorp Community Partners (Little Rock, AR) 
  • UCEDC (Cranford, NJ) 
  • Ventures (Seattle, WA)

Round five (2018)

  • BOC Capital Corp. (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • California Capital Financial Development Corporation (Sacramento, CA) 
  • Cooperative Development Fund of CDS for Shared Capital’s Cooperative Equity Initiative (St. Paul, MN) 
  • Cooperative Fund of New England (serving New England) 
  • Entrepreneur Fund (Duluth, MN) 
  • First American Capital Corporation (West Allis, WI) 
  • Hartford Community Loan Fund (Hartford, CT) 
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation (serving Los Angeles, CA) 
  • Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) (San Francisco, CA) 
  • Mountain BizWorks (Asheville, NC) 
  • New Jersey Community Capital (New Brunswick, NJ) 
  • PeopleFund (Austin, TX) 
  • Rainier Valley Community Development Fund (Seattle, WA)

Getting started

  • Read the program guidelines (PDF) to learn the full value this program brings and find out if you are an eligible CDFI.
  • Visit the Wells Fargo Works online resource center to learn about the wide range of products, resources, and guidance we offer to small businesses to help them take the next step toward their goals.
  • Watch this webinar from July 18 for more information on the DCC program’s continuation and expansion.
  • If you have questions about the program, contact diversecommunitycapital@wellsfargo.com.

Helping small businesses start, stabilize, and grow

Black Bark BBQ and Oasis Cafe

Two San Francisco Bay Area small business owners accomplish their dreams of opening their own restaurants, Black Bark BBQ and Oasis Café, with support from Working Solutions CDFI.

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Helping Trucking and Catering Businesses Thrive

Celeste Phillips (pictured) and LaWayne Nockai have thriving businesses, thanks in part of support they have received from CDFIs.

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Arithmetic Solutions

A math tutoring company in California stays afloat – and expands nationally – thanks to help from a financial institution that Wells Fargo recently awarded more than $2 million in lending capital and grant funds.

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