Application Process & Timeline

Application Process & Timeline

Application Process

The Foundation 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.

Step 1: Eligibility Survey

Any organization interested in receiving a Local Grant must complete a survey to determine eligibility. The Eligibility Survey for the 2018 grant cycle was open from April 2 – June 1, 2018.

Step 2: Grant Application

Organizations determined eligible to apply for a Local Grant through the Eligibility Survey are invited to submit, and are provided immediate access to, a full Grant Application. This is your organization's opportunity to demonstrate how a one-year grant from Union Pacific Foundation will help you accomplish your goals and ultimately further UPF's Local Grants program objectives. Grant applications were due by June 1, 2018, and applicants will be notified of the status of their application in September 2018.

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, we do not provide specific feedback to applicants who are not awarded a grant.


Activity Date
Application Submission Period* April 2 – June 1, 2018
Award Status Notification September 2018
Checks Delivered/Presented September – October 2018
Grant Term: Programs/Projects are Administered October 2018 – September 2019
Grant Reports Due October 2019

*Note, 2017 grantees will be required to submit a brief status report on their current, active grant to be eligible for a 2018 grant. Please see the Measurement & Reporting section for more information about submitting the grant status report.

Technical Difficulties & Other Assistance

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If you are experiencing technical difficulties, please send an email inquiry to upf@up.com. 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.