Apply For Grants
We are able to consider your request only if your organization has already obtained 501(c)3 status of the Internal Revenue Code; or your organization is a division of local government; or your organization is a school or university.
Please note the following updates in order to be considered for a BNSF Railway Foundation grant:
In order to more effectively accomplish our mission and continue to respond to the hardships and difficulties currently experienced by nonprofits stretched to their limit to provide services, the BNSF Railway Foundation has further refined our criteria for consideration.
While we understand that nonprofits' needs are great, we also realize that we have a responsibility to make the most impactful investments as possible in our communities. Therefore, it is highly unlikely that your request will be considered if you do not meet the following criteria:
You will be considered for a BNSF Railway Foundation grant only if you can show that you meet at least two of the following criteria:
- Your organization or project has significant BNSF employee participation
- Your organization or the services provided are in close proximity to a BNSF main line; or if BNSF is the only railroad or major corporation in your area of the state
- Your request is related to the railroad industry
- Your request is for direct programming or project support
If your organization is volunteer-driven, there must be significant BNSF employee involvement in order for the BNSF Railway Foundation to consider funding your project.
In addition, strong preference will be given to requests that fall under one of the following areas of interest:
- Health & Human Services
Finally, priority will be given to organizations having an established relationship with the BNSF Railway Foundation.
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