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

Prospective Local Grant applicants will complete an eligibility questionnaire as the first step in the process. This occurs after logging into the application portal. Organizations determined eligible to apply for a Local Grant may then continue completing the 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.

The grant application link will be posted on this site when the application period opens. Grant applications will be accepted from April 1, 2024 through May 31, 2024 and applicants will be notified of the status of their application August 31, 2024. 

Reminder: The four giving priorities (Community Spaces, Safety, Workforce Development, and Environmental Sustainability) receive a larger share of funding than Local Needs.

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
2022 Grant Reports Due August 1, 2024
Application Submission Period April 1, 2024 – May 31, 2024
Award Status Notification August 31, 2024
Checks Mailed/Presented September/October 2024
Grant Term: Programs/Projects are Administered September 2024 – September 2025
Grant Reports Due August 1, 2025

Technical Difficulties & Other Assistance

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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.