Foundation Highlight: Union Pacific Foundation

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,

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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