Apply for a grant
Through the Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund, we support U.S. and Canadian communities where we have a significant presence or business interest. These communities range from rural to metropolitan, each with unique priorities and needs. Our employees serve on local advisory committees for our Giving Fund and help develop funding priorities within seven focus areas to support their communities: affordable housing; education and youth development; environmental stewardship; human services; civic and cultural growth; workforce development; and diversity, equity and inclusion. These focus areas provide a strong companywide framework for giving while allowing flexibility to meet specific needs in our different communities.
Our 2023 grant cycle is open until Sept. 30, 2023. Please read through our guidelines and eligibility requirements below. We look forward to reviewing your application!
Through the Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund, we concentrate the majority of our funding in seven focus areas:
- Affordable Housing
- Education and Youth Development
- Environmental Stewardship
- Human Services
- Civic and Cultural Growth
- Workforce Development
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
To learn more about our giving focus areas, view our community grantmaking framework.
To help you better understand where we give and how organizations fit into our giving categories, we have also compiled examples of 2021 grant awards.
Where We Give
Our giving is limited to areas where we have a significant presence, including communities where we have operations and/or where we own or manage forestlands in the United States and Canada.
If you have a question about whether your location qualifies as a Weyerhaeuser operating area, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alabama Timberlands (View eligible counties)
Arkansas Timberlands (View eligible counties)
Florida Timberlands (View eligible counties)
Georgia Timberlands (View eligible counties)
Louisiana Timberlands (View eligible parishes)
Maine Timberlands (View eligible counties)
Mississippi Timberlands (View eligible counties)
New Hampshire Timberlands (View eligible counties)
North Carolina Timberlands (View eligible counties)
Oklahoma Timberlands (View eligible counties)
Lane County (Cottage Grove, Eugene, Springfield)
Linn County (Albany, Lebanon, Sweet Home)
Oregon Timberlands (View eligible counties)
South Carolina Timberlands (View eligible counties)
Salt Lake City
Vermont Timberlands (View eligible counties)
Virginia Timberlands (View eligible counties)
Corporate Headquarters in the Seattle and Tacoma areas
Washington Timberlands (View eligible counties)
West Virginia Timberlands (View eligible counties)
In considering requests for support, preference is given to projects and programs that meet the following criteria:
- Serve a broad range of community residents
- Meet an important community need within our key areas of focus
- Show strong support from community leaders and other funders
- Are sustainable and managed competently with a history of accountability, results, cost-effectiveness, strong leadership and innovation
- Provide a significant and measurable impact on quality of life
To be eligible for funding, a program must:
- Serve a Weyerhaeuser community
- Be one of the following:
- A tax-exempt, nonprofit public charity classified under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code
- A registered charity in Canada with a Canada Revenue Agency number or registered as a provincial nonprofit society
- A public education institution or government entity qualified under Section 170(c)(1) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code
- Qualified as a Canadian municipality
THE WEYERHAEUSER GIVING FUND DOES NOT FUND:
- Local community projects, services and organizations outside of a Weyerhaeuser community (see the Where We Give section)
- Individuals, including direct scholarships or bursary assistance
- Fraternal, social, labor or political organizations
- Activities that influence legislation
- Groups that discriminate based upon an individual’s gender, race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, marital status or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal law
- Organizations seeking funds for theological purposes
- Groups or individuals seeking funds for sponsorships or to purchase tickets or tables at fundraising benefits
- Sports teams or athletic events
- Operating deficits or debt liquidation
- Services the public sector is reasonably expected to provide
- Endowments and memorials
- Capital campaigns
- Multiyear requests
If you are seeking funding for a national project or research program that is directly related to the sustainability and importance of working forests, contact the Giving Fund. These kinds of grant applications are accepted by invitation only.
How to Apply
Before you begin, please review our Focus Areas and Eligibility requirements.
Our giving is local and specific to each of our communities. We do recommend making a local connection with our employee advisory committee members in your area. If you are unsure whether your organization qualifies, please refer to the Where We Give section.
If your organization serves an area in which we operate, and you would like a local contact name and number, please contact the Giving Fund directly.
If you are seeking funding for a national project or research program that is directly related to the sustainability and importance of working forests, you will need to contact the Giving Fund. Industry-related national and/or research funding is by Invitation Only.
Gather the following information essential to completing the application:
- The organization’s Tax ID or Canada Revenue Agency Number
- Contact information
- Detailed information about the organization
- Detailed information about the request you're asking us to fund
- Financial information related to the organization and the project you are asking us to fund
GRANT APPLICATIONS: HOW TO APPLY
Once you've reviewed the steps above and confirmed your organization is eligible, click the Get Started button to begin your application.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- When is the application deadline?
Applications are processed throughout the year — but may be submitted at any time during our cycle year. For 2023, the deadline is September 30. Applications must be completed through our online portal, and submitted with all required attachments. We do not accept paper applications or proposals.
- What is the application review process?
Applications are generally reviewed on an ongoing basis, throughout the year.
- What grant amount can I expect?
Grants vary in scale in relationship to our presence in the community and the philanthropic budget available for the year. The minimum grant awarded is $1,000.
- When will I be notified?
The majority of our communications with you will be through the application portal. We generally communicate our funding decision after we receive a recommendation to fund your request from your local Advisory Committee (not when you submit your grant application). Many of our committees wait until after the deadline has passed to prioritize and finalize their grant recommendations, which means you might not hear from us until winter after the September deadline.
- My application was rejected. Why can't you fund my project/organization?
We regret we cannot fund all the applications we receive.
- I'm having trouble/need help. Who can I contact?
Send an email to email@example.com.
A small portion of our grantmaking supports high-priority national initiatives directly related to the sustainability and importance of working forests and the products and services they provide. This may include sustainability issues related to forestry, sustainable forest products, housing, improving ecosystems and green energy. Applications in this category are accepted by invitation only.
Grant Recipient Toolkit
For organizations that have been awarded a grant through the Giving Fund, we offer a number of resources to help you publicize your work and community impact, including templates for press releases, social media posts and newsletters.