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31 May

Union Pacific Foundation

  Grant Amount: $25,000


The Union Pacific Foundation helps organizations build their capacity, increase their impact and operate more efficiently and effectively. Applications to the Community Based grant program will be accepted beginning April 3.

The Foundation will be particularly receptive to proposals that fall within the following categories:

Workforce Development

Community Spaces
Environmental Sustainability
Local Needs


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.

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.

As of 2018, the Foundation no longer funds governmental entities without a 501(c)(3) public charity designation from the IRS.

The community where the organization is based must be served by the Union Pacific Railroad.


  • Arts and Humanities
  • Other / Miscellaneous
  • Youth / Children and Families