International Initiative Grant

Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $30,000

Next deadline: Aug 1, 2020 (Full proposal)

Later deadlines: Mar 1, 2021 (Pre proposal)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Micronesia; Afghanistan; Albania; Algeria; Angola Show all

Location of residency: United States

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Program Goal

The goal of the International Initiative is to advance opportunity, equity, and wellbeing for women and girls in developing countries by helping them overcome hardship, reach their full potential, and help their families and communities to flourish.

  • Economic Opportunity:
    • Skill building, entrepreneurial and employment training, and access to capital and markets.
  • Education:
    • High quality and relevant education in an environment in which girls feel safe and encouraged.
  • Health
    • The physical and psychological well-being of girls and women and their children.


The Foundation gives priority to programs that help women, girls, and their families overcome violence, poverty, and other hardships.

We believe our focus on women and girls can enhance their natural desire to prosper and stimulate their entrepreneurship. An African proverb states, "If you educate a boy, you educate an individual. If you educate a girl, you educate a community." We also note that micro-lending programs appear to work best for women, because 90% of what an educated woman earns she reinvests in her family. We emphasize investing in women and girls for these reasons.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Organizations must be classified by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization who are directly involved in international programs.
  • Grant applicants must be able to demonstrate substantial and direct fiscal and programmatic oversight.
  • In order to be considered, prosposed programs must meet all of the following requirements:
    • New for the organization -- within its first year of development or implementaiton as of application submission.
      • WFF will consider funding the replication of an existing program in new regions or countries.
    • Proposes program goals and outcome metrics that relate specifically to increasing opportunity and well-being of women and girls. 
    • Includes an evaluation plan through which one can measure not only outputs but also the magnitude of change in the lives of the beneficiaries as a result of the program.


  • We favor programs that have one or more of the following characteristics:
    • Community-informed:
      • Actively engage and see input from the communities served, thus ensuring activities are culturally responsive and appropriate to the needs of women and girls in that local context. 
    • Women-led:
      • At a local level, women are taking leadership roles in the planning and implementation of the project.
    • Address Systemic Barriers:
      • In addition to helping individuals, where possible the program seeks to address systemic (e.g., family, social, cultural) obstacles faced by beneficiaries.
    • Address Psychological and Emotional Barriers:
      • In addition to providing technical assistance and education, programs help beneficiaries overcome limiting beliefs and increase their agency and resilience.
    • Contribute to Environmental Sustainability:
      • Seek to maintain or improve the quality of water, land, air, and biodiversity in the program design and implementation.


  • WFF will not consider a grant request that is greater than 15% of an organization's current annual budget.
  • Grant applications from an organization acting solely as a fiscal agent on behalf of a 501(c)(3) organization will not be considered.
  • The Foundation will not consider proposals in the following areas:
    • Ongoing projects or general operating support for an organization.    
    • 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.