Benjamin H. Smyser Foundation – Foundation Grants – Wells Fargo

Benjamin H. Smyser Foundation

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To provide grants for a variety of charitable causes, primarily in the Fort Wayne, Indiana area.

Application deadlines

May 1

Program areas

Arts, culture, and humanities
Environment, animals
Human services
Public/society benefit

States served


Geographic limitations

There are no geographic limitations; however, the Foundation has a practice of primarily supporting organizations in Fort Wayne, Indiana, or that serve Indiana residents.


Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

The Benjamin H. Smyser Foundation awards grants for a variety of charitable causes, primarily in the Fort Wayne, Indiana area.


  • To be eligible, organizations must qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Applications must be submitted through the online grant application form or alternative accessible application designed for assistive technology users.

Average giving

Average grant size: $10,000 to $20,000
Average number of grants per year: 3
Average total giving per year: $20,000 to $30,000

Application period and deadlines

Applications are accepted year-round. Applications must be submitted by May 1 to be reviewed at the annual grant meeting that occurs in June.


Applicants will receive an automated email confirming their submission. Grant decisions are generally communicated in the summer.

Required agreements and reports

Periodic progress reports and final reports may be required for funded projects.

About the Foundation

Benjamin H. Smyser, a resident of Fort Wayne, Indiana, created the Benjamin H. Smyser Foundation to award grants for a variety of charitable purposes. Mr. Smyser passed away on December 29, 1968.