Wells Fargo Funding Council Announces 2016 Grant Opportunity

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
The Wells Fargo Community Funding Council, comprised of Wells Fargo employees from the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, annually awards small grants to Twin Cities non-profit organizations. The Council was formed in 1976 by Wells Fargo’s predecessor, Northwestern National Bank of Minneapolis, to tap employees’ knowledge of their communities and to support employee involvement in community affairs. A special allocation of $180,000 from Wells Fargo Minnesota's contribution budget is used by the Council for making grants of up to $12,000. Each year, the Council consults with community leaders, non-profit organizations, fellow employees, and management to determine a focus for their giving that is both critical to the community and related to Wells Fargo's business objectives. Wells Fargo’s primary contribution commitment in the Twin Cities supports economic improvement for low-income families and communities. Within this framework, the Council has chosen the focus described below for 2016: 
2016 Funding Focus 
The Wells Fargo Community Funding Council will fund one-time, non-recurring expenses up to $12,000 for nonprofits throughout the seven-county Cities Metro area that provide leadership and career development programs designed to reduce racial disparity in employment and community participation. Programs should be geared toward developing leaders, increasing networks, coaching and mentoring for career growth and community engagement for members of diverse populations ages 18-35. Eligible organizations must have a minimum of three years of proven accomplishments and outcomes.
Examples of services and programs include:
  • Career mentoring
  • Leadership development
  • Education/curriculum addressing cultural bias and racism
  • Board training 
Special consideration will be given to agencies serving diverse communities and to organizations with grassroots origins. The definition of grassroots includes organizations that originated by community action to serve a local demographic need.
Application Process
Please utilize the CyberGrant on-line application available through the following link, click “How to Apply” and option “Community Funding Council Special Initiative” https://www.wellsfargo.com/about/charitable/mn_guidelines
The invitation code is WFCFC2016 and must be entered when prompted. 
Applicants should reference the Wells Fargo Community Funding Council Online Grant Application Instructions attached. 
Proposals must be received by 8:00 a.m., Monday, May 2, 2016.