BNSF Railway Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The BNSF Railway Foundation funds diverse disease-related organizations.

IP TAKE: BNSF prioritizes organizations that operate in the vicinity of its railway lines, or ones that have a significant The grant process can take anywhere from three months to year, so grantseekers should plan their applications accordingly.

PROFILE: In 1996, the BNSF Railway company established its charitable arm, the BNSF Railway Foundation, when the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railroads merged. Both the corporation and foundation are located in Forth Worth, Texas. BNSF funds civic and cultural services, education, health and human services, youth organizations, and federally recognized Native tribal governments.

The BNSF Foundation’s Health and Human Services program supports 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. Grantees include organizations such as the March of Dimes, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and local chapters of the American Cancer Society.

Grant amounts range from $2,500 to $500,000. However, most awards generally fall in the $1,000 to $10,000 range. The BNSF foundation geographically limits its grantmaking to the 28 states in which the railways have main lines and communities located near BNSF rail lines.

The foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications through its website throughout the year. Consult the foundation’s Grant Guidelines for details on how to apply.


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