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Wells Fargo Maryland Grants

Grants to Maryland Nonprofits, Agencies, and Schools in Eligible
Regions for Education, Community, Arts, and the Environment

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Wells Fargo

Deadline Date:

08/31/19 Deadline for Cultural Excellence Grants


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Maryland Nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and schools to benefit low- and moderate-income residents. Program areas include arts and culture, education and environment, community development, and human services.

Programs must be delivered in Maryland excluding Prince George’s County and Montgomery County. Requests may focus on new or existing programs. Wells Fargo prioritizes organizations that intentionally promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Projects and programs must align with one or more of Wells Fargo's focus areas: 

Primary Focus Areas


  • Addressing the pre-K – 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.

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. 

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

The Foundation supports culture, science and history organizations’ educational outreach programs through the competitive Cultural Excellence Grant program. (Organizations from Montgomery County and Prince Georges County are not eligible through the Maryland grant program.)

Cultural Excellence Grants
will be awarded to art, culture, science, and history organizations that promote racial equity in communities throughout the region.


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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181139

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.

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 a reputable 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, requests are encouraged from local affiliates for programs occurring in the region)
- Individuals seeking scholarships, fellowships, or sponsors for a particular cause
- Individual K-12 schools or school clubs/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
- 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

Pre-Application Information:

Application periods:
- Human Services: January 10, 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

You may expect to receive a response within 60 days of your focus area’s application period ending.

Winners will be notified in the fourth quarter of 2019.

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

Wells Fargo prefers to fund outcome-driven programs versus event sponsorships and has limited funding for these requests. However, if you would like to request support for a non-profit 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, 2019.

Contact Information:

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

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For technical assistance, contact:

Monica Mitchell
Community Relations Officer

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland: Excluding Prince George’s County and Montgomery County