Sustainable Forests and Communities Grant

Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation

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Next anticipated deadline: Mar 1, 2021 (Letter of inquiry)

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

Grant amount: Up to US $25,000

Fields of work: Forestry Environmental Conservation Ecology Economic Services & Development

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.

Program Priorities

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.

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  • The Foundation focuses on supporting activities in the regions in which the family’s business interests originated: Idaho, Oregon, Washington, northern California, western Montana, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
  • Organizations must be classified by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
  • 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.


  • Priority may be given to regional or national organizations that partner with local organizations


  • Foundation will not commit funds for the second or third year without an annual review.
  • The foundation does not accept applications from fiscal agents.
  • The Foundation will not consider proposals in the following areas:
    • Relief and rescue programs
    • 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
    • Programs 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