Union Pacific Railroad’s Community Ties Giving Program awarded nearly $5.9 million in 2018 local grants to approximately 600 nonprofit organizations throughout its 23-state system.


In Arkansas, the agency awarded $141,000. Grants were announced Sept. 12 at the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Historical Museum.


“Local grants provide 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,” according to a news release.


Scott Moore is Union Pacific’s senior vice president and chief administrative officer and Union Pacific Foundation president.


“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,” Moore said. “Investing in high-quality nonprofits and programs helps achieve our mission of building safe, prosperous and vibrant communities.”


2018 Arkansas Grants include:


Austin United Way of White County, Dermott Alex Foundation, 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 Corp. and West Memphis West Memphis Boys Club Inc.


“As North America’s premier railroad franchise, Union Pacific has been building America for more than 150 years. The lives of people throughout its footprint are intertwined with the railroad, which strengthens its communities,” according to the release.


The next local grant application period will run April through May 2019. Details: visit www.up.com/foundation.