International Initiative Funding Guidelines
Please note that the Stage 1 Application submission deadline is
March 1, 2017
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.
Organizations must be classified by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization who are directly involved in international programs. The Foundation will not fund U.S. organizations that do not have a significant oversight of operations abroad.
The average grant size for the Initiative is $25,000 or less.
The Foundation will 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 our 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 a Stage 1 Application by March 1 and Stage 2 Application by August 1 of each year. Organizations seeking second and third year funding from the Foundation and have submitted a Stage 1 Application and a grant report, will automatically be requested to submit a Stage 2 Application.
The Foundation will not consider proposals in the following areas:
The Foundation has a particular interest in measurable outcomes. Therefore, applicants will be asked to clearly state their goals at the outset of each grant period and to report on their activities and achievements at the end. The single most important question to be addressed is: What measurable improvements will occur in the participants' lives as a result of the project or program?
The Foundation has a two-stage application process. The Stage 1 Application, due March 1, requests information about the organization and the program funding is being requested for. The Stage 2 Application, due August 1, asks follow-up questions to the Stage 1 Application. You will be able to view the Stage 1 Application, but not make edits at the Stage 2 phase of the application process. A Stage 1 Application must be submitted to advance to Stage 2 and be considered for funding. Submission of a Stage 2 Application is by invitation only.
Foundation Process for Decision Making
The Foundation will review all Stage 1 Applications at their meeting in June. The Board of Trustees will make their decisions and notify applicants in July of the Board's decision to request a Stage 2 Application. Organizations seeking second and third year funding from the Foundation and have submitted a Stage 1 Application and a grant report, will automatically be requested to submit a Stage 2 Application.
Deadlines - March 1 / August 1
Stage 1 Applications will be accepted through March 1. The Foundation Board will consider your Stage 1 Application in June and will invite a Stage 2 Application to be submitted by August 1 to be considered by the Board in November. Funding will be available in December for the next year. In fairness to all applicants, the Foundation will strictly adhere to its deadlines. Please note that the Stage 1 Application is closed after March 1 and will reopen again on January 1 for the subsequent year funding round.
The Foundation requires that all Stage 1 and Stage 2 Applications be completed via our online application system. The link to the online Stage 1 Application is provided below for this Initiative. If the Foundation invites a Stage 2 Application from your organization, a link to the Stage 2 Application will be provided at that time. Foundation staff are available to assist you with any problems in completing your application. Contact the office at email@example.com.
All first time users of the on-line application system must create a login with a user name and password. This is the user name and password for your organization. All users from your organization must use the same log in.
Returning to an Application
Your application does not need to be completed in one session and can be returned to and edited until you formally submit the application. You can access your new application using the link provided in the email you receive upon opening a new application and your organization's user name and password. Saving the link as a "Favorite" provides quick access.
A program budget is a required document and must be submitted with the Stage 1 Application. The required template is available by clicking on the link below.
Uploading Required Documents
There are required documents that you must upload for the Stage 1 and Stage 2 Applications. Only one document can be uploaded per question. Documents will not appear as uploaded until you have hit SAVE.
Submitting an Application
Once you have completed and reviewed your application, you may "submit" the application for funding consideration. Please note that once an application has been submitted you will be able to view the application, but not edit or change it. Also note that submitting your application on the due date may take substantially longer to upload due to high volume. Please plan accordingly.
Start a New International Initiative Application
You must have your organization's tax exempt number ready when starting your application. A printer friendly version of the application is available online to allow you to review the application questions prior to starting. Remember to "Save & Finish Later" even if you have not added any new information.
Click here to start a new International Initiative Application, or copy/paste into your browser https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_1805?SA=SNA&FID=35005. Please note this link is for all applicants, including those applying for second and third year funding.
For technical support in submitting your application, please feel free to contact the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation International Initiative Guidelines - Printable Version