Patagonia Grants: Retail Grants Program & Corporate Grants Program

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Grant amount: US $8,000 - US $20,000

Next anticipated deadline: Apr 30, 2020

Later anticipated deadlines: Aug 31, 2020

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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Overview:

Patagonia Grants

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.

Retail Grants Program

Through our Retail Grants Program, we fund environmental work that takes place near one of our Patagonia retail stores.

As with all Patagonia grants programs, our Retail Grants Program supports small grassroots activist organizations with provocative direct-action agendas, working strategically on multipronged campaigns to preserve and protect our environment. We help local groups working to protect local habitats and frontline communities through bold, original actions.

We are most interested in making Retail Grants to 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 retail grant is typically between $8,000 and $12,000, depending on the specific needs of the project.

NOTE: Each Please Note: Each store’s grants program is handled differently and could be subject to change, depending on your location. Find and contact a Patagonia store near you.

Corporate Grants Program

Through our corporate grants program, we fund environmental work that takes place within the United States and is either national in scope or not located near one of our U.S. retail stores. It is a broad program that essentially encompasses all projects that do not fall within one of our International, Retail, Media or World Trout grants programs.

As with all Patagonia grants programs, our Corporate Grants Program supports small grassroots activist organizations with provocative direct-action agendas, working strategically on multipronged campaigns to preserve and protect our environment. We help local groups that work to protect local habitats and frontline communities through bold, original actions.

We are most interested in making corporate grants to 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 corporate grant is typically between $10,000 and $20,000, depending on the specific needs of the project.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • 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
  • If you are you applying for a project doing work near one of our retail store, use the Retail Grants Program. 
  • If you are applying for a project doing work that is national in scope or not located near one of our retail stores, use the Corporate Grants Program. 
  • We can only accept one proposal per group per our fiscal year (May 1–April 30), across all Patagonia grants programs.
    • You may not submit more than one proposal in a 12-month period, even if separate applications are submitted to different Patagonia grants programs. 

Ineligibility:

  • 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