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Grants to New Jersey Nonprofits, Agencies,
and Schools to Assist Low-Income Individuals

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Wells Fargo

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Grants to New Jersey nonprofit organizations, schools, and tribal and governmental agencies for programs and services that assist low and moderate-income individuals and families. Priority areas include community development and education. Other funded areas include arts and culture, environment, and human services.

The Foundation directs its contributions to non-profit organizations that work to advance the following areas:

Primary Focus Areas

- Addressing the pre-K to 12th grade achievement gap through interventions that occur in partnership with the students’ school and with a focus on low- and moderate-income students.
- Out of School Time programs that provide academic enrichment using proven and scalable methods in the areas of STEAM, leadership development, career and college readiness and preventing summer learning loss.
- Programs that support post-secondary education.

NOTE: Organizations whose primary mission is arts or culture (including but not limited to museums and theatres) should apply under the Arts & Culture focus area even if the proposed program is educational.

Community Development:
- Aiding the path to employment with workforce training and job-readiness skills, particularly those that support returning citizens, veterans and programs that offer stackable credentials. This may include programs provided by community colleges that are geared towards obtaining employment in a particular vocation that has been identified as a local area of opportunity.
- Promoting, creating and preserving affordable rental housing and pathways to home ownership.
- Programs that provide technical support and access to capital for diverse and underserved entrepreneurs and small businesses.
- Programs that facilitate financial literacy and financial empowerment.
- While asset building and financial education is important to Wells Fargo, it will not fund the cost of developing curriculum or supplies for financial literacy programs. Please visit to access free resources.

Secondary Focus Areas

Human Services:
- Addressing critical needs such as hunger and homelessness. This includes support of regional food banks and short-term transitional housing.
- Comprehensive case management to bridge individuals and families with services that address critical needs. Support may include prevention and response to abuse or other issues affecting family stability.

Arts & Culture:
- Supporting art, culture, science, and history organizations that advance education through school partnerships or outreach programs. For example, professional development for teachers who integrate arts in the classroom and out of school enrichment programs for low income students.
- Facilitating access to cultural experiences and artistic opportunities that reflect the community’s diversity.

- Preserving the environment through educational programs that expose k-12 students to sustainability issues, green practices, and conserving our natural resources.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166179

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

Organizations must benefit the following counties:
- North New Jersey: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren
- South New Jersey: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, and Salem

NOTE: Health and disease-related programs are not a philanthropic focus, including requests for walks and runs.

Wells Fargo will not consider grants for the following::
- Organizations without at least two years of formal operations as evidenced by a board of directors in operation for two years and two years of audited financials from an outside accounting firm.
- Disease-related causes or direct health care
- Chambers of Commerce or other membership organizations
- Recreation, athletic, or sports teams, programs or leagues
- National organizations (however, we do encourage requests from local affiliates for programs occurring in our region)
- Individuals seeking scholarships, fellowships, or sponsors for a particular cause
- Individual K-12 schools, clubs or teams
- International organizations
- Animal-related causes (for example, rescue societies)
- For-profit entities, including start-up businesses
- Political, labor, religious, or fraternal activities
- Private foundations
- Supporting organizations sub-classified as 509(a)(3) by the IRS
- Capital campaigns
- Alumni organizations or professional clubs
- Beauty pageants
- Marketing, advertising and promotional items or merchandise
- Organizations other than 501(c)(3) nonprofits, governmental or tribal entities
- Golf Outings

Pre-Application Information:

You are invited to submit your request during the application periods of January - October. Requests that are submitted outside of these application periods will be declined.

Wells Fargo prefers to fund outcome-driven programs versus unrestricted sponsorships and has limited funding for these requests. However, if you would like to request support for a non-profit fundraiser or event, all sponsorship requests must be submitted online at least 90 days in advance of the event and no later than end of September.

Requests are not reviewed until the preparation period for the Contribution Council Meeting has ended. If you do not receive a reply within 90-120 days after application submission, you are welcome to email the Foundation.

A check is normally sent out within 45 days of approval.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Begin the application process by taking the online eligibility quiz:

Deborah Smith, Community Affairs Manager

Paralee Knight, Community Affairs Officer

Wells Fargo
MAC J0161-273
150 East 42nd Street, 27th Floor
New York, NY 10017

Grant Coverage Areas:

- North New Jersey: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren
- South New Jersey: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, and Salem

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USA: New Jersey