Wells Fargo: Alaska Grant

Wells Fargo Foundation

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Grant amount: More than US $2,500

Next anticipated deadline: Jun 15, 2019

Later anticipated deadlines: Sep 15, 2019, Mar 15, 2020

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Alaska

Location of residency: Alaska

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About this funder:



Wells Fargo’s philanthropic goal is to partner with charitable organizations that share our vision of making Alaska a better place to work and live, and whose programs and services match our funding priorities.

In Alaska, Wells Fargo makes grants in these primary areas: 

Community Development 

We are especially interested in programs that support community economic improvement opportunities for adults and their families, disadvantaged youth, and low-income working adults. Wells Fargo wants to be a catalyst for creating and maintaining strong self-sustaining communities within Alaska, while respecting cultural diversity and recognizing the unique challenges facing our state’s industries. 

We are primarily interested in funding the following areas of community economic development: 

  • Financial skills education for adults and youth 
  • Job development
  • Job placement services
  • Transitional housing services and programs
  • Business management training
  • Revitalization projects for low- and moderate-income areas
  • Economic development initiatives benefiting rural Alaska
  • Affordable housing rehabilitation and construction projects, including multifamily rental housing and single-family homes


Wells Fargo provides significant financial support to education in Alaska with an emphasis on supporting and preparing our youth for future achievement. In Anchorage, Wells Fargo is focusing on organizations involved in the effort to increase on-time graduation rate to “90% by 2020." 

Human Services 

In addition to our significant support of United Way, we consider requests from social and human service organizations for projects with one-time, non-recurring expenses that match our other giving priorities. 

Wells Fargo may also provide one-time challenge grants to social service agencies for membership drives intended to increase donor funding. Matching funds will be awarded based on efforts to recruit new members or to increase levels of giving by current members, thereby enhancing the organization’s donor base and, ultimately, its long-term sustainability. Successful proposals will demonstrate how new members will be recruited, how the partnership between Wells Fargo and the organization will be recognized, and how results will be tracked. 

Arts and Culture 

Wells Fargo also considers requests from organizations that help enhance a community's quality of life through arts, culture or civic projects, and other activities that provide diverse opportunities for a community’s residents.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • 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 to qualified tribal and governmental agencies, including public school systems.


  • Please note that Wells Fargo is unable to consider grants for the following:
    • Multi-year commitments and pledges
    • Capital campaigns
    • Individuals, including scholarship or fellowship assistance
    • Political action committees, candidates, causes, and lobbying
    • Labor, religious, or fraternal groups
    • Endowments
    • Equipment, including computer hardware and software
    • Sports or athletic groups and activities
    • Hospitals and clinics
    • Purchase or maintenance of vehicles
    • Film or video projects, including documentaries
    • For-profit entities, including start-up small businesses
    • Travel, including student trips or tours
    • Promotional merchandise
    • Beauty pageants