Children's Initiative Grants

Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation

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Next predicted deadline: Mar 1, 2021 (Pre proposal)

Later predicted deadlines: Aug 1, 2021 (Full proposal)

Grant amount: Up to US $30,000

Fields of work: Domestic Violence

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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NOTE: The Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation is currently reevaluating the Children's Initiative Guidelines and making significant changes. Guideline changes will be effective for new applications submitted for the 2020 funding cycle, due on March 1. Please check back after January 1 for the new program guidelines. Applications submitted requesting first-year funding for a new program using the outdated guidelines will not be accepted.

Mission Statement

The Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation engages family members in meaningful, responsible philanthropy that promotes the welfare of human and natural resources.

Children's Initiative

Program Goal

The goal of the Children's Initiative is to support direct service programs that promote resilience, stability, and pyscho-social health for youth ages 12 and above who have been traumatized by Adverse Childhood Experiences.


Domestic violence is defined as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone. 

Multi-Year Funding

The Foundation intends to support new programs for up to three years. While the Foundation will not commit funds for the second or third year without an annual review, it is the Foundations intent to continue funding successful programs. Because programs will not be funded for more than three years, you are encouraged to plan for the long-term sustainability of the program.

Organizations requesting second- or third-year funding for programs approved the previous year must continue to submit an abbreviated Stage 1 Application by March 1. Organizations seeking second- or third-year funding and have submitted a Stage 1 Application, will automatically be requested to submit a Stage 2 Application. Organizations seeking third-year funding must also have submitted a grant report for the first year of funding by the required due date stated in the Grant Agreement to be considered for funding.

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  • Organizations must be classified by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
  • Only programs operating within the United States will be considered.
  • Applications from an organization acting as a fiscal sponsor will be considered when a Fiscal Sponsorship Agreement has been signed by both parties and submitted with the application. Fiscal Sponsor's must be able to demonstrate substantial and direct fiscal and program oversight.
  • In order to be considered, programs must meet all of the following requirements.
    • Directly serve youth who have been significantly traumatized by Adverse Childhood Experiences. Experiences include physical, sexual or emotional abuse, domestic violence, substance abuse or mental illness in the household, parental separation or divorce, incarceration of a household member, and physical or emotional neglect.
    • Offer age-appropriate therapeutic interventions, activities or services that promote resilience, stability, and psycho-social health in traumatized youth.
    • Provide services that go beyond crisis intervention and the establishment of initial safety. Short-term shelter-based or crisis-oriented programs will not be funded.
    • Include a plan for evaluating program effectiveness, with metrics that demonstrate the impact of the program on the participating youth.
    • Enhance the relationship between the youth and at least one significant adult, such as a parent, primary caregiver or other adult with whom the youth has a meaningful and ideally long-term relationship.
    • Be a new program for the organization, or a new therapeutic component to an existing program, currently in development or within its first year (from the date of application submission) of implementation.
    • Use trauma informed practices and policies and demonstrate a commitment to ongoing trauma training for involved staff.


  • The Foundation gives priority to programs that:
    • Actively solicit input from program beneficiaries in ways that guide the design, delivery, and refinement of the program. .
    • Collaborate with other organizations to enhance the program curriculum, measure outcomes, or expand and share knowledge in order to better serve program beneficiaries.
    • Take a multidisciplinary and multidimensional approach, treating individuals holistically, and considering existing social and cultural contexts.
    • Educate significant adults (e.g., parent, foster parent, teacher, coach) in order to best serve program beneficiaries.
    • Serve youth segments that historically have less access to services, including youth of color, youth from rural communities, youth involved with state systems, refugees, LGBTQ youth, and those who have experienced sexual exploitation.


  • The Foundation does not fund existing programs or the expansion of existing programs.
  • Applications from an organization acting as a fiscal agent will not be considered.
  • The Foundation will not consider proposals for: 
    • Emergency and/or short-term shelter based programs.
    • Relief and rescue programs.
    • Programs that do not directly impact or provide services to youth.
    • Ongoing programs or general operating support.
    • Projects whose purpose is to create specific media, film, photography, or books.
    • Capital projects, including land acquisition or the construction of buildings.
    • Grants or scholarships to individuals.
    • Projects that attempt to change behavior by education of the general public.
    • Camps or cultural exchange programs.
    • Lobbying prohibited by the Internal Revenue Code.
    • Conferences.
    • Endowments.
    • Start-up costs for new organizations.
    • Research projects.


This page was last reviewed June 02, 2020 and last updated June 02, 2020