Grant Advisors Ray Sweeney and Frank Klimko are constantly on the lookout for good opportunities offering vigorous funding streams. Regularly, our site will highlight a foundation or federal agency which may fall under the radar, but provides funding that can help you achieve your programming goals.
Over the past few weeks, we highlighted the MAC AIDS Fund, Ronald McDonald House Charities, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Emerging Teacher-Leaders in Elementary School Mathematics for Grades Pre-K–5 grants, the National Forest Foundation, Whole Foods Markets, Dedalus Foundation, the Best Buy Foundation, the Dr. Scholl Foundation, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, the Surdna Foundation and the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries grants.
This week, we want to talk about the giving efforts of the Union Pacific Foundation and its 2015 Community-Based Grants Program
The foundation gives on a national basis with emphasis on AR, AZ, CA, CO, IA, ID, IL, KS, LA, MN, MO, MT, NE, NM, NV, OK, OR, TX, UT, WA, WI, and WY. Schools, community-based groups and nonprofits can apply.
Deadline: TBA, the next round of competition opens in May; last year’s deadline was in August. Funding: Up to $10,000 each (the foundation made $5.6 million in grants last year)
These grants help improve cultural/educational facilities and programs in select communities. The foundation’s Community-Based Grants interest areas:
- Community and Civic: To assist community-based organizations and related activities which improve the quality of life in the community. This includes organizations such as aquariums, botanical gardens, children’s museums, history/science museums, public libraries, public television and radio.
- Health and Human Services: To assist organizations dedicated to improving the level of health care or providing human services in the community.
- Capacity building: These grants help nonprofit organizations build their capacity, increase their impact, and operate more efficiently and effectively.
Children’s programs receive priority. The foundation gave $5,000 to the Goodie Two Shoes Foundation (), Las Vegas, for a gifts program for disadvantaged children and $5,000 to the Childrens Assn. for Maximum Potential, San Antonio, TX, to support recreational camps for children with disabilities.
Contact: 402/544-5600, Darlynn Myers, director, firstname.lastname@example.org