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Program Goal
The goal of the Children's Initiative is to support direct service programs that create and promote stability, resilience, and healing for children who have witnessed domestic violence.

Program Guidelines
Programs must:

  1. Directly serve children 0 - 17 years of age who have witnessed domestic violence.
  2. Be a new program for the organization that is within its first year of development. See the section "Multi-Year Funding" for more details.
  3. Be centered on evidence-based strategies or an innovative measurable approach.
  4. Include a plan for an outcome-based assessment of the program activities. This should contain clear metrics for measuring the program's effectiveness in helping children adjust positively after exposure to domestic violence.
The Foundation gives priority to programs which:
  1. Enhance the parent-child relationship.
  2. Include a specific domestic violence parenting education component.
  3. Have the objective of preventing future abuse and breaking the cycle of violence.
  4. Support stable access to loving care, housing, school, and other essential human needs.
  5. Provide therapeutic treatment and services beyond the establishment of safety to help children cope with the physical, emotional, and mental trauma of abuse.
  6. Collaborate with other organizations to enhance services, measure outcomes, or expand and share knowledge.
Organizations must be classified by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Only domestic violence programs operating within the United States will be considered.

Grant Size
The Foundation will consider grants between $15,000 and $40,000.

Multi-Year Funding
The Foundation will support 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.

Programs that have been funded for a first year are required to submit an abbreviated Letter of Intent by April 1 for both the second and third years. See the link below to request second or third year funding. Second and third year requests will automatically advance to the Full Proposal stage. A Full Proposal and Progress Report are required by August 1.

The Foundation will not consider proposals for:
  • Programs that do not directly impact or provide services to children.
  • General operating support.
  • Capital projects, including land acquisition or the construction of buildings.
  • Grants or scholarships to individuals.
  • Lobbying prohibited by the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Conferences.
  • Endowments.
  • Start-up costs for new organizations.
Application Process
The Foundation has a two-stage application process: a Letter of Inquiry, due April 1; and Full Proposal, due August 1. A Letter of Inquiry must be submitted to advance to the Full Proposal stage and be considered for funding. Submission of a Full Proposal is by invitation only.

Foundation Process for Decision Making
The Foundation will review all Letters of Inquiry 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 Full Proposal. Organizations seeking second and third year funding from the Foundation who have provided the Foundation with an abbreviated application will automatically advance to the Full Proposal stage.

Deadlines - April 1 / August 1
Letters of Inquiry will be accepted through April 1. The Foundation Board will consider your Letter of inquiry in June and will invite proposals 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 Letter of Inquiry application process is closed after April 1 and will reopen again on January 1 for the current year funding.

Getting Started
The Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation requires that all Letters of Inquiry and Full Proposals be completed via our online application system. The link to the online Letter of Inquiry is provided below for this Initiative. A link to the Full Proposal will be provided to you when you are invited to submit a Full Proposal. Foundation staff are available to assist you with any problems in completing your application. Contact the office at wff@fidcouns.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 Letter of Inquiry 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 organizational and application information using the returning applicant portal and your organization's login name and password.

Uploading Required Documents
There are required documents that you must upload for the Letter of Inquiry and Full Proposal. 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.

Start a New Children's Initiative Letter of Inquiry
You must have your organization's tax exempt number ready when starting your Letter of Inquiry. 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 Children's Initiative Letter of Inquiry.

Request Second or Third year Funding
If you are applying for second or third year funding for a program that the Foundation has funded in a previous year, use this abbreviated application and submit a progress report on activities to date.

You must have your organization's tax exempt number ready when starting your application. A printer friendly version of the application is available 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 request for second or third year funding for a previously funded program.

For technical support in submitting your application, please feel free to contact the Foundation at wff@fidcouns.com.

Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation Children's Initiative Guidelines - Printable Version