Patagonia Environmental Grant Program

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Patagonia funds only environmental work. We are most interested in making grants to organizations that identify and work on the root causes of problems and that approach issues with a commitment to long-term change. Because we believe that true change will occur only through a strong grassroots movement, our funding focuses on organizations that build a strong base of citizen support.

We support small, grassroots activist organizations with provocative direct-action agendas, working on multi-pronged campaigns to preserve and protect our environment. We help local groups working to protect local habitat, and think the individual battles to protect a specific stand of forest, stretch of river or indigenous wild species are the most effective in raising more complicated issues - particularly those of biodiversity and ecosystem protection - in the public mind. We look for innovative groups that produce measurable results, and we like to support efforts that force the government to abide by its own - our own - laws. Your efforts should be quantifiable, with specific goals, objectives and action plans, and should include measures for evaluating success. Because we're a privately held company, we have the freedom to fund groups off the beaten track, and that's where we believe our small grants are most effective.

Typical grants range from $3,000 to $12,000. We accept one proposal per group, per year.

We fund work that:

  • is action-oriented
  • builds public involvement and support
  • is strategic
  • focuses on root causes
  • accomplishes specific goals and objectives
  • Our funding is limited to: United States, Canada, Japan, Chile, Argentina, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Luxembourg, Italy, Ireland, Germany, France, Denmark, Belgium, or Austria, Australia and the Czech Republic.
  • We do not fund:

  • organizations without 501(c)(3) status or a comparable fiscal sponsor
  • general environmental education efforts
  • land acquisition, land trusts or conservation easements
  • research, unless it is in direct support of a developed plan for specific action to alleviate an environmental problem
  • environmental conferences
  • endowment funds
  • political campaigns
  • green building projects
  • Proposal deadlines:

  • If your work is located near one of our retail stores, your proposal will be reviewed by store employees. Our stores accept proposals on a rolling basis, throughout the year.
  • If your work is not located near one of our retail stores, your proposal will be reviewed by an employee Grants Council at our company headquarters.
  • There are two annual deadlines for this process:
    -April 30 (all applications received in April will receive a response by the end of August)
    -August 31 (all applications received in August will receive a response by the end of January)
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