Patagonia supports environmental organizations with bold, direct-action agendas and a commitment to long-term change. Because we believe that the most direct path to real change is through building grassroots momentum, our funding focuses on organizations that have or can create a strong base of support.
We support innovative work that addresses the root causes of the environmental crisis and seeks to protect both the environment and affected communities. We focus on places where we’ve formed a connection through outdoor recreation, and through our network of retail stores nationally and internationally. We think local battles to protect a specific stand of forest, a stretch of river, an indigenous wild species or a community from a polluting refinery are both effective at building public support and confronting larger, more complicated issues—like climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental justice. We encourage work that brings underrepresented communities to the forefront of the environmental movement and defend communities whose health and livelihoods are threatened by environmental exploitation. We support multipronged campaigns that push for greater environmental protections and force the government to abide by its own laws.
Because we're a privately held company, we have the freedom to fund risk-taking, off-the-beaten-track groups, and that's where we believe our small grants are most effective.
We fund work that:
- is action-oriented
- focuses on root causes
- has a clear strategy
- identifies specific goals and objectives that can be effectively measured to evaluate success
- builds public involvement and civic engagement
- works to build an inclusive and diverse environmental movement
- takes place within the following countries: United States, Canada, Japan, Korea, Australia, Chile, Argentina, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Luxembourg, Italy, Ireland, Germany, France, Denmark, Belgium, Austria and the Czech Republic.
We do not fund:
- organizations without 501(c)(3) status or a comparable fiscal sponsor
- trail creation, maintenance or restoration
- any dam renovations, human-assisted fish passage infrastructure or hatchery programs
- conservation easements or land acquisition
- research, unless it is in direct support of a developed plan for specific action to alleviate an environmental problem
- projects that are solely focused on environmental education
- environmental conferences
- endowment funds
- political campaigns
- green building projects
- bike advocacy, unless the project is in direct support of a climate change solution
- event sponsorships or film festivals
We accept one proposal per group in a given fiscal year (May 1–April 30), with deadlines varying from program to program. Our typical grant size also varies from program to program, but generally ranges between $5,000 and $20,000.
Please review the individual grant program descriptions in the right sidebar to understand an appropriate request amount for your project and any deadlines.
Is your work located outside the United States?
Your proposal will be reviewed by one of our International Grants councils. All organizations whose work is located outside the United States should refer to the International Grants Program page, which will provide important information about our International Grants requirements and direct you to the appropriate country’s guidelines and application.Is your work located near one of our North American retail stores?
Your proposal will be reviewed by our store employees. Unlike our other programs, our retail stores accept proposals on a rolling basis throughout the year. Please review our Retail Grants Program guidelines for more information about Retail Grants criteria, funding amounts, deadlines and how to apply for a Patagonia Retail Grant.Is your work national in scope or not located near one of our U.S. retail stores?
Your proposal will be reviewed by an employee grants council at our company headquarters. Please review our Corporate Grants Program guidelines for more information about Corporate Grants criteria, funding amounts, deadlines and how to apply for a Patagonia Corporate Grant.Does your work use media (including film, photography and books) to engage communities to take action?
Your proposal will be reviewed by the Media Grants Council at our company headquarters. Please review our Media Grants Program guidelines for more information about Media Grants criteria, funding amounts, deadlines and how to apply for a Patagonia Media Grant.
For all questions related to what is a fit for our program, funding amounts, deadlines and how to apply, please review the program guidelines located in the right sidebar. Please note that the deadlines and funding amounts are different for each grants program, so review all guidelines if you are unsure which program your project fits in.
For further assistance, please review our Frequently Asked Questions.