Outdoor clothing and gear company Patagonia provides grants to nonprofit organizations engaged in environmental work.
The company's environmental grant program supports smal, grassroots activist organizations that have provocative direct-action agendas and are working on multi-pronged campaigns to preserve and protect the environment. Grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded in support of projects that are action-oriented, build public involvement and support, are focused on root causes, and demonstrate a commitment to long-term change.
The company only funds organizations with 501(c)(3) status or an eligible fiscal sponsor. Grants are not provided for 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; or green-building projects.
Funding is limited to programs in the United States, Canada, Japan, Chile, Argentina, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Luxembourg, Italy, Ireland, Germany, France, Denmark, Belgium, Austria, Australia, and the Czech Republic.
In addition to the corporate grant program, each Patagonia retail store administers a local grants program. Retail store grant applications are accepted year-round.
See the Patagonia website for complete program guidelines, application requirements, information on previous grant recipients, and a Patagonia store locator.