Foundation / Corporation
08/15/18 - El Paso area applicants for Housing/Economic Development/Environment; Austin and Surrounding Communities, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio and Surrounding Communities applicants should submit their applications by 09/30/18; Greater Texas and Texarkana applicants may apply throughout the year.
Grants to Texas and Arkansas nonprofit organizations, tribal and government agencies, and public school systems to benefit low- and moderate-income residents in eligible communities. Funding is intended to support programming in education, community development, arts and culture, human services, civic engagement, and the environment. First priority is given to those programs and organizations whose chief purpose is to benefit low-and moderate-income individuals and families.
Eligible service regions include Austin and Surrounding Communities, Dallas/Fort Worth, El Paso, Greater Texas, Houston, San Antonio and Surrounding Communities, and Texarkana (Texas and Arkansas). For the specific counties and communities included in each region, see Additional Eligibility Information below.
Wells Fargo seeks projects that keep communities strong, diverse, and vibrant.
Wells Fargo focuses giving in several areas:
Wells Fargo is committed to supporting and improving local communities. Wells Fargo makes grants to organizations and programs that:
- Help provide affordable housing for low and moderate income individuals
- Promote economic development by financing small businesses or small farms
- Provide job training for low and moderate income individuals
- Provide financial education and promote economic empowerment
- Help to revitalize low and moderate income communities
As part of its commitment to financial literacy, Wells Fargo has developed Hands on Banking, a comprehensive modular curriculum targeting students who range in age from grade 4 through senior citizens. The program has been designed and developed by professional educators and is suitable for either classroom use or self-study. Lessons are aligned with Texas state education standards for grades 4 through 12.
Wells Fargo is committed to supporting programs that:
- Promote academic achievement for low- and moderate-income students with a priority emphasis on K-12
- Provide training for teachers and administrators working with low- and moderate-income students
- Encourage school partnerships with parents and guardians, the local community, and the business community
Wells Fargo also considers grants in the following areas:
Wells Fargo is committed to supporting social and human service organizations whose work chiefly benefits low- and moderate-income individuals.
Arts and Culture
Wells Fargo will consider requests from organizations that work to enhance community diversity through:
- Access to cultural experiences for low- and moderate-income individuals
- Availability of a broad array of artistic opportunities and venues that reflect the community’s diversity
- Educational programs
Wells Fargo will consider requests from organizations that work to enhance a community’s quality of life through projects involving:
- Public policy
- Community beautification
- Civic leadership
- Citizen education
- Cultural diversity
Wells Fargo will consider requests for programs that:
- Conserve natural resources
- Provide environmental education
- Support the transition to a sustainable environment
Please note: “Low-and moderate-income” is defined as income less than 80 percent of the area median income for the community served.
GrantWatch ID#: 157290
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 qualified tribal and governmental agencies, including public school systems.
Eligible regions and counties:
- Austin and Surrounding Communities: Bandera, Bastrop, Bell, Burnet, Comal, Hays, Kendall, Kerr, Llano, Travis, and Williamson
- Dallas/Fort Worth: Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, and Wise Counties
- El Paso
- Greater Texas: Aransas, Archer, Austin, Brazos, Calhoun, Cameron, Clay, Dallam, DeWitt, Ector, Fayette, Freestone, Garza, Gonzales, Grimes, Hale, Hardin, Hartley, Hidalgo, Hill, Howard, Jackson, Jefferson, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Leon, Liberty, Lubbock, Madison, Matagorda, McLennan, Midland, Montague, Nueces, Orange, Potter, Randall, Robertson, San Patricio, Swisher, Tom Green, Victoria, Waller, Washington, Webb, Wichita, Willacy, and Yoakum Counties
- Houston: Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend , Galveston, Harris, and Montgomery Counties
- San Antonio and Surrounding Communities: Atascosa, Bexar, Comal, Gillespie, Guadalupe, and Wilson Counties
- Texarkana: Bowie, Cass, Little River (AR), Miller (AR) Counties
Please note that Wells Fargo is unable to consider grants for the following:
- Start-up funding for new organizations
- Political action committees, candidates, causes, and lobbying
- Endowment campaigns
- Video or film production
- Promotional items
- Labor activities
- For-profit entities including small start-up businesses
- Travel, including student trips
- Books, research papers or articles in professional journals
- International organizations
Applications will be accepted in accordance with the following schedules and deadlines from each of the eligible regions.
For Austin and Surrounding communities, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio and Surrounding Communities, grant requests may be submitted and are reviewed throughout the calendar year. All requests are reviewed locally. Applicants should allow 90 days for a response to their request. All applications should be submitted by September 30th to be considered for funding for the current year.
Applicants from Greater Texas and Texarkana may apply throughout the year.
For El Paso applicants, grant proposals will be accepted from January through September in the following categories, and with the submission and review deadlines listed below:
Arts and Culture/Civic and Miscellaneous
Grant deadline — February 15
Award grants — March - May
Health and Human Services
Grant deadline — April 15
Award grants — May - July
Grant deadline — June 15
Award grants — July - August
Grant deadline — August 15
Award grants — September – December
For Austin and Surrounding Communities, Dallas/Ft. Worth, and San Antonio and Surrounding Communities: Wells Fargo often sponsors events, such as fundraising walks and community fairs, or purchases tables at such events. Wells Fargo will review these requests monthly, from January to September. Please apply with a minimum of 90 days prior to the event for consideration. In order to be considered for funding, proceed with the Eligibility Quiz and then to the online application.
Applicants will typically be notified of the Foundation's decision no later than 120 days after receipt of the fully completed application. A check is normally sent out within 30 to 45 days of approval.
For information on the Hands on Banking program for financial literacy: https://handsonbanking.org/
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Take the Eligibility Quiz to access the online application: https://www.cybergrants.com/pls/cybergrants/quiz.display_question?x_gm_id=1958&x_quiz_id=874&x_order_by=1
Austin, San Antonio, and Surrounding Communities:
Theresa Alvarez, Vice President and Community Development Officer
111 Congress Avenue, 2nd Floor
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 794-2744 (Direct)
Dallas/Ft. Worth, El Paso, Greater Texas, and Texarkana:
Sherry J. Key (Vice President and Community Affairs Manager for Dallas/Ft. Worth;
Community Relations Manager for El Paso, Greater Texas, and Texarkana)
201 Main Street, Suite 200,
MAC T9639-020 Fort Worth, TX 76102
(817) 334-7078 (Direct)
Tia Fuentes, Community Affairs Representative
(713) 319-1787 (Direct)
USA: Arkansas: Texarkana (Little River and Miller Counties); Texas: Eligible Counties within: Austin and Surrounding Communities, Dallas/Fort Worth, El Paso, Greater Texas, Houston, San Antonio and Surrounding Communities, and Texarkana (Bowie and Cass Counties)