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Grant Guidelines

by Andrew Cox November 17, 2016


Patagonia funds only environmental work. We are most interested in making grants to organisations 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 organisations that create a strong base of citizen support.

We support small, grassroots, activist organisations with provocative direct-action agendas, working on multi-pronged campaigns to preserve and protect our environment. We help local groups working to protect local habitat, and 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 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. Your efforts should be quantifiable, with specific goals, objectives and action plans, and should 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. Patagonia grants to grassroots environmental organisations for their charitable activities and purposes. We support the use of creative methods to engage communities to take action, including film, photography and books. However, media projects will only be successful in our proposal process if they are tightly linked to a direct-action campaign on the issue, with specific goals that go beyond education and awareness.

Patagonia grantees are prohibited from using any portion of the granted funds to carry on propaganda or to attempt to influence specific legislation either by direct or grassroots lobbying. Patagonia grantees shall not use funds to participate in or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office; or fund any specific voter registration drive that is conducted in a manner that favors a particular candidate or slate of candidates.

We fund work that:

  • Builds public involvement and support
  • Is strategic
  • Focuses on root causes
  • Accomplishes specific goals and objectives

We do not fund:

  • General environmental education efforts
  • 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

We accept one proposal per group, per fiscal year (1st May – 30th April). Grants up to $10,000 USD may be requested.

The key dates for this process are:
2nd December 2016: applications open
1st February 2017: applications and all associated documents are due by COB
30th April 2017: applicants notified of funding

Andrew Cox
Andrew Cox



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