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Norfolk Southern is committed to helping the communities where we operate thrive. To be eligible to apply for a grant through our open application process, organizations must meet the criteria outlined in our program guidelines, located at the bottom of this page.


  • Review each grant program’s guidelines and eligibility requirements listed in our Grant Program documents at the bottom of this page.
  • Review Corporate Giving’s focus areas to ensure your grant request aligns with how we invest
  • Visit Grant Programs | Norfolk Southern and select ‘Apply Now’ within the section of the grant type. Complete the eligibility quiz through that link to be directed to the application.
  • For assistance creating a login account, please review the following documents:

         - Standard Login Account Instructions

         - FrontDoor Login Account Instructions

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  • Alignment with one or more of Norfolk Southern’s focus areas as outlined in each grant’s program guidelines document
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Organization operates in Norfolk Southern’s 22-state network
  • Project or program is located within 30 minutes of NS main line
    (Note: For Community Projects Grants, the project must be located on NS property and have an approved NS Right of Entry Form or an approved lease from NS Real Estate)
  • Qualify as a tax-exempt nonprofit as either a public 501(c)(3), government entity, or public/charter school
  • Include all required tax documentation
  • Federal W9 form must be completed correctly and to its entirety. Learn how to complete form W-9 HERE


  • Apply early, allowing time for account creation and gathering required documents
    • Applications will reopen April 15, 2024
    • Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm on October 1, 2024, to be accepted
  • Carefully review Norfolk Southern’s philanthropic focus areas and how we invest
  • Include all necessary documentation
  • Ensure the Federal W9 form is completed correctly and to its entirety. Learn how to complete form W-9 HERE
  • Make sure application is complete before submitting. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed
  • Do not submit a lot of extra information unless pertinent to the request as it will not be reviewed
  • Save password when signing into online grant system
  • Review our FAQ document HERE