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Union Pacific Foundation Community Ties Giving Program: Local Grants

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Union Pacific Foundation
May 31, 2023

The Union Pacific Foundation Local Grants Program provides funding to nonprofit organizations for direct services and capacity building efforts in 5 focus areas to help the economic and community well-being of communities served by Union Pacific. Grants aim to support programs and organizations working advance the diversity, equity, and inclusion of underrepresented populations within a local context.

Focus areas include:

  • Safety – efforts to help communities prevent and prepare for accidents and emergencies through education and awareness, infrastructure improvements, equipment for first responders, crime and violence prevention, and access to safe shelter and services for people experiencing homelessness
  • Workforce development – assisting underrepresented residents achieve family-supporting careers by raising awareness, educating, and preparing young adults for middle skill jobs, as well as providing training and resources to up-skill the existing workforce. Special consideration is given to workforce programs that support women, Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC), and rural communities
  • Community spaces – building and enhancing community spaces that contribute to the distinct identity of a city or town and support the local economy through preservation and beautification projects, access to outdoor recreational/educational activities, and artistic/cultural experiences
  • Environmental sustainability – Preserve and restore nature, protect water and air quality, reduce waste, develop environmental stewards, and advance a green economy
  • Local needs – a small portion of funding allocated to help communities improve the quality of life, address critical challenges, and advance diversity in ways that are responsive to the unique needs of a community

Eligible applicants are 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, charitable organizations that are designated as 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2) and that are located in and provide services that primarily benefit a community served by Union Pacific.

Geographic coverage
Communities in 23 states served by Union Pacific
Amount of funding

Awards typically range from $2,500 - $25,000, for a one-year project period.

Application process

Links to additional guidance and the online application for each focus area are available on the program website.

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American Indian or Alaska Native · Black or African American · Community and economic development · Employment and unemployment · Environmental health · Housing and homelessness · Infrastructure · Injuries · Racial and ethnic groups · Self-sufficiency · Arizona · Arkansas · California · Colorado · Idaho · Illinois · Iowa · Kansas · Louisiana · Minnesota · Missouri · Montana · Nebraska · Nevada · New Mexico · Oklahoma · Oregon · Tennessee · Texas · Utah · Washington · Wisconsin · Wyoming

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