**The 2018 deadline for this opportunity has passed or the internal application slot has been granted. Updated information will be posted when the next funding cycle opens.**



Program Summary

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.

Patagonia supports 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 Patagonia is 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.


CU Expression of Interest Deadline: N/A; email ltdsubs@colorado.edu if interested

Patagonia’s Application Deadline: April 30, 2018

Limited Submission Guidelines

All organizations are eligible to apply for a Patagonia grant once in a 12-month period. 

Award Information and Duration

Grants range between $5,000 and $20,000 and can be awarded in one of the following categories:

  • Corporate Grants: work that is national scope or is not located near a U.S. retail store
  • Retail Grants: work that takes place near a Patagonia Retail store
  • International Grants: work that takes place outside of the U.S. in an approved country
  • Media Grants: uses media (mostly film) as a tool linked to direct-action campaigns
  • Native Fish Grants: efforts to restore and protect wild fish species within native range