Grant Program

About Willows in the Wind


Willows in the Wind (“Willows”), was founded in 2007 and has since been managed by parents whose teens have attended wilderness and residential treatment programs for at-risk teens. These parents recognize the need for a safe, comfortable meeting environment where parents can gather to share their concerns, uncertainties, hopes and practical information. Over time, a sustainable program has been developed that offers regular meetings of parent support groups, free of charge. These meetings have expanded to include information and education about teens transitioning back to their family and neighborhood environments, sources of professional assistance and other community resources.


Willows works with, and supports, parents and families who are beginning to evaluate their options for residential treatment programs for teens (such as wilderness programs, therapeutic boarding schools or other residential treatment centers) as well as those that have already placed their teens in such programs.


Willows core belief is that transition is the backbone of  recovery. Returning home from a program is a crucial step in the recovery cycle for teens and their families. Our mission is to encourage all families to view this time as an opportunity to support their teen returning home, to reexamine their relationships, and to reunite and rebuild a healthy family environment. 




The Grant Program


Some families in this transition phase need more comprehensive professional support and assistance than Willows is structured to provide. There are several organizations and consultants in the Bay Area who can provide such assistance. They charge professional fees.


In 2020 Willows will award,  $1,000  grants to families to help defray the cost for families in need of professional assistance in the areas of transition, consulting, and psych testing.. The grants are intended to help families that request the additional help and for whom the expense would be a significant burden. Some providers have provided matching funds by reducing their fees resulting in a larger cost reduction. The Willows grant will be paid directly to the service provider and is not transferrable.


Some of the partners recognized in the Willows Grant Program are:

Coyote Coast Family Counseling Services

East Gate Mentoring

Homeward Bound Aftercare

Potomac Family Programs

Ruben Jiminez - The Road Home

Solutions Parenting Support

Team Wonder

Please inquire with Willows staff for the names of other participants



Who May Apply


Grant applications are open to families who have shown a commitment to the Willows program by attending and participating in a series of Willows meetings. Willows will not require evidence of financial need, but requests that applicants respect our desire that the grants are intended for families that would be impacted significantly by the cost of such professional programs.

The Willows Grants are intended for families with children in their teens or young adults, generally ages 12 – 24, who will be completing a therapeutic program. The parents of all families who apply will be interviewed.



Important Dates


Applications will be accepted while there are funds.



Important Guidelines


Applicants are required to submit the entire application package including a brief essay.


All applications are reviewed and awarded pending funds available nearest to discharge date.


Grants  awarded must be acknowledged within 30 days of award date or will be granted to another applicant, unless other arrangements are agreed upon with the Committee.


Applicants are required to have a phone interview with a Willows Grant Committee Member.


Grantss are not transferrable.



How To Apply


You may apply in either of two ways:


(Tip: You may want to write your 200-word essay in a separate file and then cut and paste it into the application.)


1. Download the application using the link at the upper right of this page.

Fill out the PDF on your computer. To sign it digitally, just click Sign and Allow when prompted, and specify a file name to save to, such as "Willows Grant Application filled out". Continue filling out the form and save it again when you're done.  Email Becky Perelli,, and attach your filled-out PDF to the email.



2. Download the application using the link at the upper right of this page. 

Print the PDF. Fill out the paper application by hand.  Scan your filled-out application and make a file out of the scan. Email Becky Perelli,, and attach your scan to the email.


All information requested must accompany the application form.


Should you have any questions or need assistance please contact:

Becky Perelli,, or 650-339-3015.