Patagonia Grants: Media Grants Program
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Grant amount: US $15,000 - US $30,000
Next anticipated deadline: Apr 30, 2019
Later anticipated deadlines: Aug 31, 2019
Applicant type: Nonprofit
Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program
Location of project: United States
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About this funder:
Patagonia funds only environmental work. We are most interested in making grants to organizations that identify and work on the root causes of problems and that approach issues with 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 create a strong base of citizen support.
We support small grassroots activist organizations with provocative direct-action agendas, working on multipronged campaigns to preserve and protect our environment. We think the individual battles to protect a specific stand of forest, stretch of river or indigenous wild species are the most effective in raising more complicated issues—particularly those of biodiversity and ecosystem protection—in the public mind. We help local groups working to protect local habitats and frontline communities through bold, original actions. We look for innovative groups that produce measurable results, and we like to support efforts that force the government to abide by its own—our own—laws.
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.
Media Grants Program
Through our own environmental campaigns, we have witnessed the power of film to transform audiences into activists. To support grassroots groups that also use film as a form of activism, we created a Media Grants Program. This program specifically funds environmental nonprofits that use media, mostly film, as a tool tightly linked to direct-action campaigns. To evaluate grant proposals, we have a grants council made up of employees with strong backgrounds in film and other media.
We look for groups using media as a strategic tool to advance a campaign that is in line with our general grants program. The project must outline how using media is the most appropriate avenue as a call to action for a targeted audience and how it fits into the overall strategy of the campaign efforts.
You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.
- Through our Media Grants Program, we fund work that:
- is tied to an environmental campaign
- goes beyond education and awareness building of the general public
- is designed with a call to action for a targeted audience
- is a tool to accomplish goals within a specific environmental campaign strategy
- 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
- 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
- environmental conferences
- endowment funds
- political campaigns
- green building projects
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