Private Funder: Union Pacific Foundation; Opportunity: 2016 Community-Based Grants Program; Funding Focus: Education and minorities; Geographic Focus: Giving 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; Eligibility: Schools, community-based groups and nonprofits; Funding: Up to $10,000 each (the foundation made $5.6 million in grants last year); Deadline: TBA, the next round of competition opens in May; last year’s deadline was in August.
Summary: 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 (www.goodietwoshoes.org), Las Vegas, for a gifts program for disadvantaged children and $5,000 to the Childrens Assn. for Maximum Potential (www.campcamp.org), San Antonio, TX, to support recreational camps for children with disabilities.