Funds Available for Community Development, Neighborhood Revitalization

Private Funder: Wells Fargo Bank; Opportunity: The Wells Fargo Charitable Contributions Program; Funding Focus: Community development, education, homelessness and housing; Geographic Focus: National (where the bank has operations); Eligibility: nonprofits, community groups; Funding: Awards vary; last year the foundation gave $189 million; Deadline: Varies by state (check the website).

Summary: Wells Fargo, the multi-state banking concern, is committed to improving and sustaining the company’s local communities through grants and volunteer activities that support community programs and organizations.

The Wells Fargo Charitable Contributions Program varies from state to state. However, Wells Fargo generally supports the following areas of interest: community development, including housing and workforce development; education, including financial literacy programs; human services; and arts, culture and civic projects. Visit the website for geographical eligibility. Even if you fall outside the bank’s focus areas, the website lists additional resources that nonprofits may access.

Other Grants

The Wells Fargo Housing Foundation (WFHF) provides resources to nonprofit organizations. Through the Homeownership Grant Program, WFHF provides support for nonprofit housing organizations in communities nationwide where Wells Fargo is located.

Regional Foundation

The Wells Fargo Regional Foundation makes grants in Delaware, New Jersey, and eastern Pennsylvania. Neighborhood Planning Grants of $25,000 to $100,000 support intensive 12 to 24 month resident-driven neighborhood planning processes. The application deadline for this program is Sept. 4. Neighborhood Implementation Grants of $100,000 to $750,000 over three to five years support comprehensive community development projects that target specific neighborhoods. The application deadline for this program is Sept. 2.

That competition is here:

Info:, (guidelines), Timothy Hanlon, president, (email).

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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