Education, Health are Priorities for Transportation Foundation

Private Funder: Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad Foundation (BNSF); Opportunity: 2016 foundation grants; Funding Focus: Education, children, community development and arts/culture; Geographic Focus: National (where the railroad has a presence); Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations; Funding: Awards vary; generally in the 1,000 to $10,000 range (the foundation made $9.4 million in grants last year); Deadline: Rolling (applications are reviewed monthly).

Summary: Substance abuse programs are a priority. The foundation supports an array of programs. BNSF focus areas:

  • Youth organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs, Camp Fire, Scouts, Junior Achievement and similar groups;
  • Educational institutions, both public and private. Grants of an exceptional nature may be made to vocational and non-college schools. Preferably, contributions will be directed toward the improvement of the quality of education. Ordinarily, grants will not be made to finance the expansion of a student body or the payment of scholarships. (BNSF’s scholarship programs, as well as the Employee Matching Gift Program, are governed by separate policies.);
  • Cultural organizations that include performing, visual, and fine arts, museums and other related activities that offer opportunities for underserved children to experience cultural learning events;
  • Civic services including organizations which are concerned with the environment, as well as local community issues such as crime prevention, parks and recreation, diversity and community development; and
  • Health and Human Service organizations such as YMCA/YWCA, programs that address chemical dependency treatment and prevention, spouse and child abuse, women’s and children’s aid and transitional shelters. This category also includes hospitals and medical programs.

Info: http://www.bnsffoundation.org/programs; BNSF Railway Foundation, 2650 Lou Menk Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76131-2830; Deanna Dugas, BNSFFoundation@bnsf.com or 817/867-6458.

(817) 867-6458

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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