Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation: Grants for Mental Health

OVERVIEW: The mental health component of the Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation’s grantmaking goes to outfits that provide direct services for children up to 17 years old who have been exposed to domestic violence. In this space, the foundation prioritizes therapeutic treatment and services that engage beyond the immediate need to move from violent situation to a safe space.

IP TAKE: Weyerhaeuser has an eye for funding groups that work in collaboration with like-minded organizations and those that can demonstrate measurable outcomes as well as program sustainability after the foundation’s grant period has expired.

PROFILE: The Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation—not affiliated with the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation—awards mental health related grants through its Children’s Initiative, which focuses on children who have been victims of, or witnesses to domestic violence.

Weyerhaeuser does not have a specific mental health grantmaking program, however, it names therapeutic treatment and services “beyond the establishment of safety” as priorities for its Children’s Initiative. To those ends, the foundation supports groups that help children cope with not only the physical injuries, but the emotional and mental trauma of domestic violence as well.

Another mental health component in the foundation’s Children’s Initiative grantmaking is its support for organizations that work with families to prevent future abuse and break the cycle of violence.

Weyerhaeuser awards grants between $15,000 and $40,000, and considers requests for multi-year support for up to three years. To learn more about the kinds of organizations the foundation supports, grantseekers can explore its Past Grants webpage.

The Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry from January 1 to April 1 of each year. Invitations for full proposals are extended upon Board review.


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