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 a non-governmental status or a comparable fiscal sponsor
- trail creation, maintenance or restoration
- any dam renovations, human-assisted fish passage infrastructure or hatchery programs
- 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
- 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, per fiscal year (May 1st - April 30th). Grants up to $12,000 may be requested.
- If your work is located near one of our retail stores, your proposal will be reviewed by store employees
- 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:
June 30th (all applications received in June will receive a response by the end of October)
January 31st (all applications received in January will receive a response by the end of June)
If you have any questions, please send an email to grantsEU@patagonia.com.