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Grants to Virginia Nonprofits and Agencies for Arts, Education,
Human Services, Environment, and Community Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Wells Fargo

Deadline Date:

08/31/19 - Deadline for Human Services grants; Sponsorships must be requested at least 90 days before an event, or by 08/31/19.


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Grants to Virginia nonprofit organizations and qualified tribal and governmental agencies, including public school systems, for programs and projects that benefit low and moderate-income individuals and families. Funding is intended to support a wide range of projects that keep local communities strong, diverse, and vibrant.

Wells Fargo directs their contributions to nonprofits that work to advance these focus areas:

Community Development
- Preventing foreclosure and promoting home ownership
- Creating and sustaining affordable housing
- Revitalizing low-income neighborhoods
- Aiding the path to employment with workforce training and job-readiness skills
- Providing financial literacy training

- Eliminating the PreK-12th-grade achievement gap through services that support low- and moderate-income students
- Providing mentoring and out-of-school programs

Human Services
- Addressing critical needs such as hunger and homelessness
- Enabling and sustaining independence for individuals and families

Arts and Culture
- Supporting art, culture, science, and history organizations that advance education through school partnerships or outreach programs
- Facilitating access to and participation in cultural experiences
- Ensuring the availability of a broad array of artistic opportunities and venues that reflect the community’s diversity

- Preserving the environment through education programs that teach green practices

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174239

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.

All regions and counties in Virginia are eligible.

Please note that Wells Fargo is unable to consider grants for the following:

- National initiatives (however, requests from local affiliates are encouraged for programs occurring in eligible regions)
- Individuals seeking scholarships, fellowships, or sponsors for a particular cause
- Individual K-12 schools
- Animal-related causes (for example, rescue societies)
- For-profit entities, including start-up businesses
- Political, labor, religious, or fraternal activities
- Organizations other than 501(c)(3) nonprofits, governmental or tribal entities

The following requests receive lower priority:

- Private foundations
- Recreation, athletic, or sports teams, programs, or leagues
- Supporting organizations sub-classified as 509(a)(3) by the IRS
- Capital campaigns

Organizations may only submit one grant application per year. If that request is declined, applicants are asked to wait until the following calendar year to resubmit.

Pre-Application Information:

- Human Services: January 9, 2019 – February 8, 2019
- Education and Environment: February 15, 2019 – April 15, 2019
- Community Development: May 1, 2019 – July 1, 2019
- Cultural Excellence Grants: July 15, 2019 – August 31, 2019

Please visit the Our Giving Priorities tab of the website to review the focus areas and determine the category that corresponds most closely with the program for which applicants will request funding. Applicants are invited to submit funding requests during the application period listed for the focus area identified for the program. Requests that are incorrectly categorized or received outside these application periods will be declined.

Wells Fargo prefers to fund outcome-driven programs versus unrestricted sponsorships and events for non-profits. However, if an applicant would like to request support for a non-profit fundraiser or event, organizations may apply without regard to the focus area application process. All sponsorship requests must be submitted online at least 90 days in advance of the event and no later than August 31, 2019.

If the organization meets Wells Fargo’s eligibility requirements and fits within the philanthropic goals and objectives, applicants are encouraged to proceed with the online application (below).

Wells Fargo respectfully requests that applicants wait 90 days after submitting a proposal before making contacting regarding application status. In most cases, applicants will have heard from the Foundation within that period.

A check is normally sent out within 30 days of approval.

For more information or assistance in determining the focus area that best matches an organization or program, please contact Corliss Archer, Community Affairs Officer.

In Northern Virginia Wells Fargo supports art, culture, science and history organizations’ educational outreach programs through the competitive Cultural Excellence Grant (CEG) program. If you wish to receive our Cultural Excellence Grant request for proposal, please send your contact information and request to Caitlin Quinn. The CEG application period is July 15 – August 31.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Corliss Archer
Community Affairs Officer

For Northern Virginia requests for the Cultural Excellence Grant (CEG) program:
Caitlin Quinn

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Virginia