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.

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 Union Pacific Foundation will help you accomplish your goals and ultimately further UPF's Local Grants program objectives. Grant applications were open from April 1, 2020 through May 31, 2020 and applicants will be notified of the status of their application in September 2020. To access the Eligibility Survey and grant application, select the priority cause area that relates to your project or program below.

Select the application below that best suits your project or program. If applying for COVID-19 assistance and your project or program aligns with one of the other three cause areas, select the most applicable application (e.g., choose Workforce Development for a job-related program). Only use Local Needs if your project or program does not align with one of the other areas. 

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
2019 Grant Progress Reports Due August 1, 2020
Application Submission Period* April 1 – May 31, 2020
Award Status Notification September 2020
Checks Delivered/Presented September – October 2020
Grant Term: Programs/Projects are Administered October 2020 – September 2021
Grant Reports Due August 1, 2021

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.