World Trout Initiative Funding Guidelines

The World Trout Initiative funds only groups and efforts working to restore and protect wild, self-sustainable trout, salmon and other fish species within their native range. This includes both indigenous freshwater and saltwater fish. We believe that the best way to accomplish this over the long term is by ensuring that populations have high-quality habitats and adequate stream flows, can migrate between habitats without human intervention, are not negatively impacted by hatchery and aquaculture operations, have protection from harmful non-native species and disease, and are not overharvested.

We look for innovative groups that produce measurable results and work on long-term solutions to root causes of the problem. Proposed projects should be quantifiable, with specific goals, objectives and action plans, and should include measures for evaluating success.

Through the World Trout Initiative, we fund work that:
  • restores native river, coastal and saltwater habitats
  • ensures dedicated in-stream flows that mimic natural stream flows
  • provides unassisted fish passage (without human intervention) to and from historically accessible habitats; we give priority to long-term, low-maintenance and natural channel solutions
  • fosters sustainable harvest techniques and eliminates irresponsible aquaculture and pollution
  • supports educational and scientific efforts in alignment with the mission of the World Trout Initiative
We do not create, fund or support projects that:
  • have artificial rearing, hatchery or aquaculture operations
  • promote or study human-assisted fish passage projects (e.g.,. trap and haul, fish elevators, barging)
  • endorse artificial or non-native habitat enhancement or augmentation projects
  • introduce or enhance fish populations not native to a particular body of water


Because we are a privately held company, we have the freedom to fund groups off the beaten path that base solutions on sound science. This is where we believe our small grants are most effective. The funding range for a World Trout Grant is typically between $5,000 and $15,000, depending on the specific needs of the project.

Application Procedure

We accept one proposal per group per our fiscal year (May 1–April 30). The World Trout Grants Program generally accepts applications on a rolling basis throughout the fiscal year.

To begin the application process, click “Apply Now” 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. Thank you for your interest in Patagonia’s World Trout Initiative.

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For additional questions related to what is a fit for the Patagonia World Trout Grants Program, please refer to the Patagonia Grants Program general guidelines. All general program guidelines are applicable to the World Trout Grants Program.

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Please note that our program guidelines are constantly updated, so we highly recommend checking these guidelines each time before submitting a new proposal.