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How We Fund
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 built connections through outdoor recreation and through our network of retail stores, nationally and internationally.
We believe local battles to protect a specific stand of forest, a stretch of river, an indigenous wild species or a community from a polluting refinery build public support and confront larger, more complex issues like climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental justice.
We encourage work that brings underrepresented communities to the forefront of the environmental movement and defends 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.
builds an equitable, inclusive and diverse environmental movement
confronts systemic bias, discrimination and injustice in environmental policy or outdoor spaces
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
takes place within the following countries: Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Czechia, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.
organisations that perpetuate systemic biases and discrimination based on ethnicity, race, religion, color, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship or veteran or disability status
organisations 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, event sponsorships or film festivals
green building projects
bike advocacy, unless the project is in direct support of a climate change solution
Our funding focuses on organisations that have or can create a strong base of support. 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.
We accept one proposal per group in a given fiscal year (May 1–April 30), with deadlines varying from program to program. Our typical grant size also varies from program to program, but generally ranges between $5,000 USD and $20,000 USD.
If you are interested in Patagonia’s grants program and you would like to discuss your project or campaign with us, please reach out to email@example.com
For our 50th year, we’re looking forward, not back, to life on Earth. Together, we can prioritise purpose over profit and protect this wondrous planet, our only home.