Wells Fargo: North Carolina Grant

Wells Fargo Foundation

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Anticipated deadline: Aug 31, 2020

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit Indigenous Group

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

Location of project: North Carolina, Counties in South Carolina: Chester County, Lancaster County, York County

Location of residency: North Carolina, Counties in South Carolina: Chester County, Lancaster County, York County

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NOTE:  Applications from organizations serving counties noted above will be accepted from January 1 through August 31 on a rolling basis.

Wells Fargo makes contributions in areas that we believe are important to the future of our nation's vitality and success. Our first priority is to support programs and organizations whose chief purpose is to benefit low- and moderate-income individuals and families. We look for projects that keep our communities strong, diverse, and vibrant.

We direct our contributions to programs that support these focus areas:

Wells Fargo makes grants in two primary areas:

Primary Focus Areas (Comprising approximately 70-80% of total giving)

Community Development:

  • Aiding the path to employment with workforce training and job-readiness skills development.
  • Supporting programs that provide technical support and access to capital for diverse and underserved entrepreneurs and small businesses.
  • Promoting, creating and preserving affordable rental housing and pathways to home ownership.


  • Addressing the pre-K – 12th grade achievement gap through proven interventions that occur in partnership with public school systems and/or summer programming with a focus on low- and moderate-income students.
  • Programs that have proven outcomes in increasing end of grade test results and high school graduation rates especially with Title One Schools.
  • Accessing Out of School Time programs that provide academic enrichment in the areas of college and career readiness.
  • Advancing school leadership through recruitment, professional development, support, and retention of teachers.

Note: Due to the potential number of requests, we are unable to provide funding at an individual school level.

Secondary Focus Areas (Comprising approximately 20-30% of total giving)

Human Services

  • Addressing critical needs such as hunger and homelessness.
    • This would include support of food banks and programs providing emergency services.

NOTE: Health and disease-related programs are not a philanthropic focus, including requests for walks and runs.

Arts & Culture 

  • We support art, culture, science and history organizations’ programing and educational outreach programs.
  • Focusing primarily on programs that increase access to arts and culture experiences for underserved students and communities.

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, including public school systems.


  • Please note that Wells Fargo is unable to consider grants for the following:
    • National initiatives (however, we do accept requests from local affiliates for K-12 education, community development and cultural programs occurring in our region) 
    • Individuals seeking scholarships, fellowships, or sponsors for a particular cause
    • Individual K-12 schools
    • National or regional medical research organizations
    • Animal-related causes (for example, rescue societies)
    • For-profit entities, including start-up businesses
    • Political, labor, religious, international or fraternal activities
    • Endowments
    • Alumni associations
    • Organizations other than 501(c)(3) nonprofits, governmental or tribal entities
    • Organizations without at least two years of formal operations including:
    • Board of directors/advisors in operation for two years
    • Two years of audited financials from a recognized accounting firm
  • Requests that receive lower priority:
    • Private foundations
    • Capital Campaigns
    • Recreation, athletic, or sports teams, programs or leagues
    • Supporting organizations sub-classified as 509(a)(3) by the IRS