Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation: Grants for Mental Health

OVERVIEW: The Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation’s mental health grantmaking supports organizations that provide direct services for children who have been exposed to domestic violence. 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 seeks to fund 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—was created in 1950 by members of the Weyerhaeuser family. The foundation seeks to promote “the welfare of human and natural resources.” It funds mental health related grants through its Children’s Initiative, which prioritizes children who have been subjected 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 also the emotional and mental trauma of domestic violence.

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’s grants range from $15,000 to $40,000. The foundation considers requests for multi-year support for up to three years. To learn more about the kinds of organizations the foundation supports, grant seekers 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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