WFRF: Neighborhood Planning Grants

Wells Fargo Regional Foundation

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Grant amount: US $25,000 - US $100,000

Anticipated deadline: Aug 30, 2020

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Delaware, New Jersey, Counties in Pennsylvania: Adams County, Berks County, Bradford County Show all

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



Our mission is to improve the quality of life for children and families living in low-income communities in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware by concentrating resources on comprehensive, neighborhood-based economic and community development initiatives.

WFRF: Neighborhood Planning Grant

Apply for a Neighborhood Planning Grant if you’re in the process of creating a comprehensive revitalization plan for a neighborhood. These grants support direct expenses that are essential to the planning process such as:

  • Planning consultants and staff.
  • Outreach and neighborhood organizing functions.
  • Community meetings and advisory group development.

Grant size

  • Grants range from $25,000 to $100,000.

Selection process 

Grants are approved once each year through a competitive selection process. Grant funds are disbursed based on performance over a 12-to-24 month period.

Evaluation process 

All planning grantees participate in robust evaluation processes designed to guide the plan development, enhance collaboration, and create a baseline for measuring the effectiveness of the plan's implementation.

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


  • Potential grantees must have a current 501(c)(3) status and a minimum of 3 years of audited financial statements.
  • The Wells Fargo Regional Foundation only supports projects within the listed Counties:
    • New Jersey
      • Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren.
    • Delaware
      • Kent, New Castle, and Sussex.
    • Pennsylvania
      • Adams, Berks, Bradford, Bucks, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clinton, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Wayne, Wyoming, and York.
  • The Wells Fargo Regional Foundation only supports the development of plans within low-mod income communities.
  • The Wells Fargo Regional Foundation only funds planning processes that are resident-driven.
  • The proposed project should reflect the needs and priorities outlined in the neighborhood plan. The neighborhood plan must address, at a minimum, all four of the goal categories below:
    • Children and Families
    • Economic Development
    • Affordable Housing and Housing Counseling
    • Neighborhood Building
  • The neighborhood plan must also include, at a minimum, the neighborhood plan components listed below:
    • Neighborhood description 
    • Map of area 
    • Baseline data describing neighborhood conditions (i.e. Census data)
    • Concept/vision of the future of the neighborhood
    • Description and prioritization of strategies to revitalize the neighborhood
    • Description of the activities to be followed to achieve revitalization and, if available, responsible parties to carry out such activities
    • Estimated financial requirements to carry out the activities
    • Timetable for implementing the plan
    • Description of any official plans governing the neighborhood (i.e. City Master Plan)
  • The proposed project must incorporate all of the Foundation's Guiding Principles. Specifically, it must be:
    • Compelling
    • Comprehensive
    • Accountable
    • Collaborative
    • Sustainable
    • Replicable
    • Inclusive


  • The foundation does not support or consider grant requests for:
    • General operating costs
    • Strategic or business plans for the organization
    • "Bricks and mortar" project
    • Individuals
    • Political causes
    • Candidates/organizations whose primary purpose is to influence legislation
    • National and international organizations
    • Endowments
    • Capital campaigns
    • Debt reduction
    • Special events
  • In addition, the Foundation generally does not support pre-college-level private schools, colleges or universities, veteran or fraternal organizations, religious programs or activities, arts/cultural organizations, hospitals or medical centers, or health- and disease-related organizations.