Application Process & Timeline

Application Process

The Community Ties Giving Program receives a multitude of grant requests for worthwhile projects every year. Unfortunately, we cannot fund every worthy request. Therefore, we use the following annual competitive online process to identify nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations located in Union Pacific communities that best align with the Foundation's funding guidelines and criteria.

Grant Application

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. This is your organization's opportunity to demonstrate how a one-year grant from the Community Ties Giving Program will help you accomplish your goals and, ultimately, further the Local Grants program objectives. Grant applications will be accepted from June 1, 2021 through July 31, 2021 and applicants will be notified of the status of their application in September 2021. 

The 2021 application period is now closed. Please check in early 2022 for the full 2022 grant cycle timeline.

Other Considerations

Typical grant awards will range from $2,500 - $25,000. The grant term is one year. See the schedule below under Timeline for further details.

An organization is allowed to complete only one application, and receive only one grant, through the Local Grants program per annual grant period.

Due to the volume of requests received, Union Pacific does not provide specific feedback to applicants who are not awarded a grant.



Activity Date
2020 Grant Progress Reports Due August 1, 2021
Application Submission Period June 1 – July 31, 2021
Award Status Notification September 2021
Checks Delivered/Presented September – October 2021
Grant Term: Programs/Projects are Administered October 2021 – September 2022
Grant Reports Due August 1, 2022

Technical Difficulties & Other Assistance

We have received multiple inquiries from applicants reporting difficulties using Google Chrome. Please select a different browser and try again.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties, please send an email inquiry to upf@up.com. Corporate Giving staff will make every effort to respond to your email within 48 hours. Please note that Corporate Giving 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.