Through our own environmental campaigns, we have witnessed the power of film to transform audiences into activists. This is why we created the Media Grants Program to support grassroots groups that also use film as a form of activism. Today, this program specifically funds organizations that use media as a tool tightly linked to direct-action campaigns.
Through this program, we fund projects that use media as a strategic tool to advance a campaign that is in line with our general grants program guidelines. The project must outline how using a specific type of media is the most appropriate avenue to advance a call to action for a targeted audience, and how it fits into the overall strategy of the campaign efforts.
We allow production companies to apply to our Media Grants Program, but only if their work is in direct support of a campaign conducted by an environmental 501(c)(3) organization. We require the 501(c)(3) organization to sign on as the fiscal sponsor of the project in order to be eligible for our Media Grants Program.
Your proposal will be reviewed by an employee grants council based at our company headquarters and made up of staff with a strong media background.
We accept one proposal per group per our fiscal year (May 1–April 30). There are two annual deadlines for our media grants:
All applications submitted in April will receive a response by the end of August.
All applications submitted in August will receive a response by the end of January.
Who We fund
Our Media Grants Program supports small grassroots activist organizations with provocative direct-action agendas, working strategically on multipronged campaigns to preserve and protect our environment. We support groups that work to protect local habitats and frontline communities through bold, original actions.
We are most interested in funding organizations that identify and work on the root causes of problems and approach issues with a commitment to long-term change. We look for innovative groups with proposed projects that are quantifiable, with specific goals, objectives and action plans, and that 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.
The funding range for a media grant is typically between $15,000 and $30,000, depending on the specific needs of the project.
To begin the application process, click “Apply” to take the eligibility quiz and find out if your work fits within our guidelines. If your work is eligible, you will then be directed to the grant application form.Apply
For additional questions related to what is in line with the Patagonia Media Grants Program, please refer to the Patagonia Grants Program general guidelines. All general program guidelines are applicable to the Media Grants program.
Our program guidelines are constantly updated, so we highly recommend checking these guidelines each time you submit a new proposal.
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