BNSF Railway Foundation: Visual Arts

OVERVIEW: The BNSF Railway Foundation supports a variety of artistic and cultural institutions such as museums and visual arts organizations.

IP TAKE: The grant can take up to one year. Grantseekers should plan their applications accordingly.

PROFILE: In the mid-1990s, the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe (BNSF) railroads merged. In 1996, the company established its charitable arm, the BNSF Railway Foundation. The foundation focuses its grantmaking on civic services, cultural organizations, academic institutions, health and human services, youth organizations, federated organizations, and federally recognized tribal government.

The BNSF Foundation’s cultural grants support museums, visual arts, fine arts, and “other related activities that offer opportunities for underserved children to experience cultural learning events or preserve their cultural heritage.” Grant amounts range from $2,500 to $500,000; however, range from $1,000 to $10,000. The BNSF Foundation geographically restricts its grantmaking to the 28 states in which the company has main lines and to communities located near those BNSF rail lines.

The foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications throughout the year. Grantseekers can access applications through the BNSF website.


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