The Southeast Arkansas Community Action Corporation and the Alex Foundation, both based in Southeast Arkansas, were among some 600 nonprofit organizations in 23 states recently receiving grants from Union Pacific.

The Southeast Arkansas Community Action Corporation received a $12,000 grant for a new school bus for its head start center in McGehee. The Alex Foundation received a $4,000 grant for drone technology.

Union Pacific awarded grants totaling $5.9 million in 23 states. Nonprofit organizations in Arkansas received a total of $141,000.

Union Pacific’s Community Ties Giving Program provides small and medium-sized grants within the railroad’s priority cause areas: Safety, Workforce Development and Community Spaces. A small portion of funding is allocated to other local community needs.

“Union Pacific’s success is linked to communities where we operate, and we proudly support organizations that improve the quality of life where our employees live and work,” said Scott Moore, senior vice president and chief administrative officer, and Union Pacific Foundation President. “Investing in high-quality nonprofits and programs helps achieve our mission of building safe, prosperous and vibrant communities.”

The next local grant application period will run from April through May 2019. To learn more about Union Pacific’s Community Ties Giving Program or apply for local grants, visit

2018 Grants in Arkansas
Arkansas: $141,000
Austin – United Way of White County
Dermott – Alex Foundation
Hendersonville – Pine Bluff Jefferson County Historical Museum
Jonesboro – Food Back of Northeast Arkansas
Jonesboro – United Way of Northeast Arkansas
Little Rock – ACCESS Group Inc
Little Rock – American Heart Association Inc
Little Rock – Arkansas Arts Center Foundation
Little Rock – Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance Inc
Little Rock – Museum of Discovery
Little Rock – National Audubon Society
Morrilton – Conway County Historical Preservation Association Inc
North Little Rock – Just Between Friends of the William F. Laman Public Library System Inc
North Little Rock – University of Arkansas Foundation Inc
Pine Bluff – Full Circle 360
Pine Bluff – University of Arkansas Foundation Inc
Russellville – Main Street Russellville
Russellville – Ozark off Road Cyclists (OORC)
Searcy – Literacy Council of White County
Thornton – Step by Step
Warren – Southeast Arkansas Community Action Corporation
West Memphis – West Memphis Boys Club Inc