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Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits, Agencies, and Schools
to Strengthen Low and Moderate-Income Communities

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Wells Fargo

Deadline Date:

08/31/18 - Deadline for Cultural Excellence grant applications and Sponsorship requests


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Grants to Washington, DC nonprofit organizations, tribal and governmental agencies, and public schools for programs that benefit low and moderate-income families and individuals. Program areas include community development, education, human services, arts and culture, and the environment.

For the purposes of these grants, “low- and moderate-income” is defined as income less than 80 percent of the area median income for the community served.

Wells Fargo looks for projects that keep communities strong, diverse, and vibrant, and directs contributions to nonprofit organizations 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 (please visit before applying; Wells Fargo will not fund the cost of supplies for similar financial literacy programs.)


-Eliminating the preK-12 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:

- Art, culture, science and history organizations’ educational outreach programs are supported through the competitive Cultural Excellence Grant program.


-Preserving the environment through education programs that teach green practices

Note: Please pay special attention to the deadlines for each focus area, which are noted in the Pre-Application Information section below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179702

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Wells Fargo makes contributions to organizations with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the USA Internal Revenue Code, as well as qualified tribal and governmental agencies, including public school systems.

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

-National initiatives (however, we do encourage requests from local affiliates for programs occurring in the DC region)
-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:

-Organizations that have been operating for less than two years
-Sports or athletic groups
-Capital campaigns

Pre-Application Information:

Contact Caitlin Quinn for program guidelines for Cultural Excellence Grants.

Wells Fargo prefers to fund outcome-driven programs versus unrestricted sponsorships and events for nonprofits. However, if you would like to request support for a nonprofit fundraiser or event, you may apply without regard to the focus area application process below. All sponsorship requests must be submitted online at least 90 days in advance of the event and no later than August 31, 2018.

Focus Area Application Process:

You are invited to submit your funding request during the application period listed below for the focus area you have identified for your program. Requests that are incorrectly categorized or received outside these application periods will be declined.

Focus Area Deadlines:

- Human Services: December 1, 2017 – January 31, 2018
- Education and Environment: February 15, 2018 – April 15, 2018
- Community Development: May 1, 2018 – June 30, 2018
- Cultural Excellence Grants: July 15, 2018 – August 31, 2018

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

For more information or assistance in determining the focus area that best matches your organization or program, please contact Caitlin Quinn, Community Relations Associate, at

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington, DC