Wells Fargo: Illinois Grant - Chicago

Wells Fargo Foundation

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, General Operating Expense, Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Counties in Illinois: Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, Kankakee County, Lake County Show all

Location of residency: Counties in Illinois: Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, Kankakee County, Lake County Show all

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About this funder:



We appreciate your interest in Wells Fargo's philanthropic goals and objectives. At Wells Fargo, we believe that grant-making decisions are more effective when made locally. That's why Wells Fargo is actively involved in the communities where we live and work, and why our team members are leaders in helping our communities succeed.

Our Giving Priorities: Chicago

Wells Fargo is proud to support organizations that work to strengthen our communities. We look for projects that keep our communities strong, diverse, and vibrant. Our first priority is to support programs and organizations whose chief purpose is to benefit low- and moderate-income individuals and families.

Community Development

Wells Fargo supports organizations that:

  • Provide support that responds to foreclosure, rehabilitation, affordable housing (including rent) and neighborhood blight
  • Small business development in minority/low income areas
  • Programming that promotes adult job readiness and skills development and literacy


Wells Fargo supports organizations that:

  • Enhance youth literacy (k4 – 3rd grade) for students living in low-to-moderate income communities
  • Mentoring programs that work to increase high school graduation rates
  • Mentoring programs that prepare youth for success in post-secondary educational opportunities, trade schools, apprenticeships or technical college

Human Services

Wells Fargo is committed to supporting local social service organizations whose work chiefly benefits low- and moderate-income individuals in the following areas:

  • Programming dedicated to finding safe places for kids to play
  • Providing needed shelter and services for women and children in the community affected by violence
  • Identify programming for youth that reduces violence (after school, anti-bullying, etc.)

Arts and Culture

Wells Fargo is committed to supporting local arts and culture organizations that help make the Chicagoland area such a vibrant and unique city to live and visit. Based on our current levels of support within this focus area, we are not accepting any new requests from arts and culture organizations at this time.

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 qualified tribal and governmental agencies.


  • Please note that Wells Fargo is unable to consider grants for the following:
    • Advertising and promotional items
    • Animal related causes
    • Capital campaigns
    • Endowments
    • For-profit entities including start-up businesses
    • Hospitals
    • Individual higher education institutions
    • Individuals, including scholarship or fellowship assistance
    • International organizations
    • Marketing activities
    • Political, labor, religious or fraternal activities
    • Publications, films or production underwriting
    • Purchase of tables/tickets to fundraising events
    • Recreational programs
    • Single disease issues
    • Sports/athletic group activities
    • Start-up funding for new organizations
    • Travel, including student trips
    • Vehicles
    • Video or film production, including documentaries