Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation inviting Applicants for 2020 Children’s Initiative – United States

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Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation inviting Applicants for 2020 Children’s Initiative – United States

Deadline: 1 March 2020

The Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation is seeking applications for its 2020 Children’s Initiative 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.

Program Priorities

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.

Grant Size

The average grant size for the Children’s Initiative is $30,000 or less.

Program Requirements

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. Adverse Childhood 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.

Eligibility Criteria

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.
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.
Start-up costs for new organizations.
Research projects.

For more information, visit https://wfamilyfoundation.org/what-we-fund/childrens-initiative/

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