How We Fund

Eric Bissell
Patagonia supports environmental organizations with bold, direct-action agendas and a commitment to long-term change.

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 built connections through outdoor recreation and through our network of retail stores, nationally and internationally.

We believe local battles to protect a specific stand of forest, a stretch of river, an indigenous wild species or a community from a polluting refinery build public support and confront larger, more complex 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.

We fund work that

builds an equitable, inclusive and diverse environmental movement

confronts systemic bias, discrimination and injustice in environmental policy or outdoor spaces

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

takes place within the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Czechia, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

We do not fund

organizations that perpetuate systemic biases and discrimination based on ethnicity, race, religion, color, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, veteran, or disability status

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, event sponsorships or film festivals

endowment funds

political campaigns

green building projects

bike advocacy, unless the project is in direct support of a climate change solution

Patagonia believes 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. 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 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.

*Changes to be aware of: we have had to alter our deadlines and processes this year. Please refer to each of our specific program guidelines in the tiles below for updated information.

Please review the individual descriptions below each grant program to understand an appropriate request amount for your project and any deadlines.

International Grant

For projects based outside of the U.S. and Canada

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Corporate Grant

For non-local or national projects within U.S. and Canada

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Retail Grant

For projects based within our retail stores' communities

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Media Grant

For projects that use media as a strategic tool

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