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The following is a list of frequently asked questions:

What is the Terry Lee Wells Foundation?

The Terry Lee Wells Foundation is a Nevada non-profit charitable corporation established in 1999. It was created by Terry Lee Wells to carry on her philanthropic legacy into the future and fulfill her dreams of “Reaching Out, Touching Hearts, Changing Lives”.

What is the purpose of the Foundation?

The Terry Lee Wells Foundation’s purpose is to improve the quality of life in northern Nevada by exposing the underprivileged to arts, cultural, economic, and educational opportunities, with a focus on women and children. We seek to have a positive impact by offering financial resources to organizations that address the medical, educational and quality of life issues faced by the underserved population of northern Nevada.

Does the Foundation have any restrictions on potential grant recipients?

Yes. The Foundation awards grants only to 501(c)(3) organizations and governmental agencies. The Foundation will not award grants to individuals, for endowments, or for venture capital.

What areas does the Foundation support?

In 2017 the Foundation will only accept applications from 501(c)(3) organizations for funding of programs for the homeless population, with emphasis on but not limited to families, youth aged 18-24, and 55+ for emergency services providing shelter, medical assistance, food, clothing, hygiene, personal needs, etc. Multi-year grant requests will not be accepted.

The Board may make a distribution to other organizations during the year if a special project is identified that the Trustees feel is worthy of funding. Those grants will be by invitation only.


How does the Foundation allocate funds?

Grant applications are considered by the Foundation's Board of Trustees, which determines the allocation of funds. Grants are made for new and innovative projects that appear to have the greatest ability to address the needs of the underserved population, as well as for established programs that support the mission of the Foundation.

Are there limits on the amount of a grant request?

No. The number and amount of grants awarded will be determined by the asset value of the Foundation. The current focus is on giving a fewer number of larger grants.

Are there any geographical limits that the Foundation imposes for grants?

Yes, the Foundation will make grants for projects that benefit children, women, families, and seniors in need located in any county in Nevada except Clark County.

What changes have been made to the grant guidelines and process?

In 2017 the Foundation will only accept applications from 501(c)(3) organizations for funding of programs for the homeless population, with emphasis on but not limited to families, youth aged 18-24, and 55+ for emergency services providing shelter, medical assistance, food, clothing, hygiene, personal needs, etc. Multi-year grant requests will not be accepted.


How can my organization apply for a grant?

If your organization qualifies to apply, go to our grant application page to download an application, or contact the Foundation to receive an application by mail.


I notice the grant application form has been changed for 2017. Will you accept grant requests using the previous form?

If your application is submitted using a previous form you will be asked to re-submit your application. To be considered, your re-submitted application must be received by June 15th.


What changes have been made to the grant application?

The application form has been revised to reflect the changes in our guidelines for 2017 for qualified applicants.

Will the Foundation consider making a grant without an applicant completing the grant application format?

Yes. The Board may make a distribution at any time during the year if a special project is identified that the Trustees feel is worthy of funding. Those grants will be by invitation only.

What is the time interval between submitting a grant request and the Foundation acting on that request?

Grants are awarded once a year, in August. Grant requests received by June 15th will be acted upon by August 15th.

If the Board approves a grant request, what happens?

The applicant will be notified by letter and will receive the grant award by August 15th. Grantees will be requested to provide a written evaluation of the impact the grant has had on the clients served by the program, in accordance with the terms and conditions outlined in the grant award letter.

If the Board does not approve a grant request, what happens?

The applicant will be notified by letter by August 15th.

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