The BNSF Railway Foundation (the “Foundation”) supports organizations and programs that support and improve the general welfare and quality of life in the communities in which BNSF Railway Company operates.
The Foundation makes grants to charitable organizations in support of general operating expenses, as well as specific programs, services, and projects. Strong preference is given to requests associated with education, youth, and civic services.
Contributions are limited to non-profit, tax-exempt organizations that have obtained IRS status under Section 501(c)(3), Section 170(b), or Section 511(a), as applicable. Proof of an organization’s status must be received before a contribution to the organization can be considered.
Potential grantees must have a broad purpose and impact; demonstrate program effectiveness and credibility; be sustainable; and serve or impact the communities in which BNSF operates. For example:
III. Eligible and Ineligible Organizations and Projects
The BNSF Railway Foundation does not fund any of the following:
Note: Contributions to tribal governments are limited to those listed in the current Federal Register publication of the list of Indian Entities Recognized and Eligible to Receive Services from the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs.
IV. Application Process
Grant applications are reviewed monthly, so there is no deadline to apply; however, if an organization has a specific funding timeline, they are strongly urged to apply well in advance. If additional information is needed, it could take up to one year for a grant to be approved.
Unless they have additional data relevant to the proposal (such as updated financial figures), organizations are asked not to contact the Foundation during the processing period as it could delay the process. Organizations are notified once a decision has been made regarding their grant request.