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Community Ties Giving Program - Local Grants

Grants to USA Nonprofits in Multiple States for Programs
that Promote Economic and Community Wellbeing

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Union Pacific Foundation (UPF)

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Grants typically ranging from $2,500 to $25,000 to USA nonprofit organizations for programs that benefit the communities and the economy of the cities where the Funding Source is located. Funding is intended for organizations in Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

The Foundation specifically prioritizes funding for direct services and efforts that build the capacity of organizations focused on the following causes within the local operating communities: Safety, Workforce Development, Community Spaces, and Local Needs.

Successful grant applications will meet the following criteria:
- Clear alignment with a cause area and its related objective(s) as described in Funding Priorities and Objectives.
- Demonstrated need for the program or project;
- Demonstrated capacity of the organization to deliver quality programming and meet established goals;
- Potential for positive social benefit across broad and diverse populations;
- Financial support from an array of sources; and
- Evidence that the program or project can be sustained beyond the duration of a UPF Local Grant.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169781

Estimated Size of Grant:

Typical grant awards will range from $2,500 to $25,000. Based on the past several years, the average grant was less than $10,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant term is one year. Programs/Projects are administered October 2019 - September 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All grant recipients must be non-profit, charitable organizations tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and further, be classified as an organization described in sections 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2) under 170 (b)(1)(A)(vii) of the code. As of 2018, the Foundation no longer funds governmental entities without a 501(c)(3) public charity designation from the IRS.

- Emergency service providers such as fire and police departments must apply under their own public charity with 501(c)(3) designation.
- Religious organizations such as churches, mosques, and synagogues may qualify only if they have established a separate 501(c)(3) organization to operate the funded program and the outreach program is offered to the general population regardless of religious affiliation.
- Elementary and secondary schools cannot be funded directly; programs administered within a school environment by a separate 501(c)(3) organization may be considered.

Applications will not be accepted from private foundations or a disqualified supporting organization with the meaning of section 4966(d)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The program or project for which grant funds are sought must primarily benefit a community that is served by Union Pacific; further it is preferred that the organization requesting funds be located in a community served by Union Pacific. The Foundation does not accept applications for programs that do not primarily serve a Union Pacific community; applicants will be required to include which community/communities the proposed grant will serve in their grant applications.

Additionally, the following types of organizations and activities are ineligible for funding:

Pre-Application Information:

- Application Submission Period: April 1 – May 31, 2019
- Award Status Notification: September 2019
- Checks Delivered/Presented: September – October 2019
- Grant Term: Programs/Projects are Administered October 2019 – September 2020
- Grant Reports Due: August 1, 2020

Any organization interested in receiving a Local Grant must first complete a survey to determine eligibility. Organizations determined eligible to apply for a Local Grant through the Eligibility Survey are provided immediate access to a full Grant Application.

Funding Priorities and Objectives:

Grant Criteria and Eligibility:


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online for Community Spaces:

Apply Online for Safety:

Apply Online for Workforce Development:

Apply Online for Local Needs:

If you are experiencing technical difficulties, please send an email inquiry to Foundation staff will make every effort to respond to your email within 48 hours. Please note that Foundation staff will not review or discuss proposed projects but will be happy to answer questions on how to navigate the application process and online system.

Union Pacific Railroad
1400 Douglas Street
Omaha, NE 68179

402-544-5000 or 888-870-8777

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Louisiana;   Minnesota;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Mexico;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Washington;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming