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. Projects that Implement integrated approaches in these areas and enhance market valuation of forest ecosystem services are favored.
The Foundation gives priority to projects that promote vibrant forest-based communities that address one or more of the following outcome areas:
- Environment: Employ sustainable forest management, conservation, and ecological restoration.
- Economy: Develop and encourage enterprise-based sustainable economic activities.
- Community: Use 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.
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 operating within these geographic areas are eligible to apply. Priority may be given to regional or national organizations that partner with local organizations, The Foundation may consider funding exceptional projects outside of these geographic regions.
The Foundation intends to 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 the Foundation's 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 an abbreviated Stage 1 Application by March 1. Organizations seeking second- or third-year funding and have submitted a Stage 1 Application, will automatically be requested to submit a Stage 2 Application. Organizations seeking third-year funding must also have submitted a grant report for the first year of funding by the required due date stated in the Grant Agreement to be considered for funding.
The Foundation has a particular interest in measurable outcomes. Applicants are asked to clearly state program goals on the application and include a plan for an outcome-based assessment of the program activities. Applicants will be required to report on the program's success by providing metrics on the qualitative and quantitative outcomes at the end of each grant period.
- 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. The foundation does not accept applications from fiscal agents.
The average grant size for the Sustainable Forests and Communities Initiative is $25,000 or less.
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.
- Start-up costs for new organizations.
- Research projects.