Sustainable Forests and Communities Grant

Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation

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Grant amount: US $15,000 - US $35,000

Next anticipated deadline: Mar 1, 2020 (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: Aug 1, 2020 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Nonprofit College / University

Funding uses: Education / Outreach

Location of project: Idaho, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin Show all

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



The goal of the Sustainable Forests and Communities Initiative is to promote the creation of environmentally and economically sustainable forest communities in the regions of the United States where the Weyerhaeuser Family's business interests originated. 

Program Guidelines

The Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation through its Sustainable Forests and Communities Initiative is interested in supporting organizations that work in forested landscapes to enhance the environment, the economy, and community. Implementation of integrated approaches in these areas that also enhance market valuation of forest ecosystem services is favored. Thus, the Foundation is looking for projects that promote vibrant forest-based communities by focusing on the following:

  • Environment
    • Employing sustainable forest management, conservation, and ecological restoration.
  • Economy
    • Developing and encouraging enterprise-based sustainable economic activities.
  • Community
    • Using innovative social and locally-based business processes to meet agreed-upon environmental and economic sustainability goals.
  • Forest Ecosystem Services
    • Using innovative business or policy models to better establish prices and markets for ecosystem services.
    • Forest ecosystem services can include, but are not restricted to, carbon sequestration, forests' role in the carbon, nutrient, and water cycles, providing habitat to support biodiversity, and providing aesthetic, educational, and other cultural services.


Projects of potential interest include the following examples:

  • Creation of local market-based jobs for in-forest activities (such as sustainable forest management, forest restoration, or sustainable silviculture).
  • Development of demand for certified wood and for products made with sustainably produced forest resources (e.g., wood, boughs, biomass, and mushrooms).
  • Promoting sustainable forest management alternatives to conversion of private forested land to other uses.
  • Creating value in forests and forest communities through developing, producing, and marketing new forest products or forest ecosystem services.
  • Advancing community-wide long-term planning for monetizing the full range of forest values, including explicit valuation of and creation of markets for forest ecosystem services.

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.
  • The Foundation supports activities in the regions in which the family's business interests originated: Idaho, Oregon, Washington, northern California, western Montana, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. 
    • Locally based organizations within these geographic areas are eligible to apply.
    • Regional and national organizations promoting the integration of ecology, economy, and community, and which are working with local partners operating within the Initiative's geographic area, are also eligible to apply.


  • Foundation will not commit funds for the second or third year without an annual review.
  • 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