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Environmental Grants and Support - Corporate Grants Program

Grants to USA Grassroots Organizations for
Action Programs to Protect the Environment

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Grants typically ranging between $10,000 and $20,000 to USA grassroots organizations for programs that preserve the environment. Funding is intended to assist local activist groups in protecting frontline communities and local habitats. Eligible programs will be original, bold, action-directed, and committed to long-term change.

The Corporate Grants Program supports small grassroots activist organizations with provocative direct-action agendas, working strategically on multi-pronged campaigns to preserve and protect the environment. Help is given to local groups that work to protect local habitats and frontline communities through bold, original actions.

Patagonia has a particular interest in making corporate grants to organizations that identify and work on the root causes of problems and approach issues with a commitment to long-term change. They look for innovative groups with proposed projects that are quantifiable, with specific goals, objectives and action plans, and that include measures for evaluating success.

Patagonia supports innovative work that addresses the root causes of the environmental crisis and seeks to protect both the environment and affected communities. It is focused on places where Patagonia has formed a connection through outdoor recreation, and through its network of retail stores nationally and internationally. Patagonia believes support of local battles to protect a specific stand of forest, a stretch of river, an indigenous wild species or a community from a polluting refinery are both effective at building public support and confronting larger, more complicated issues—like climate change, biodiversity loss, and environmental justice. Work that brings underrepresented communities to the forefront of the environmental movement and defends communities whose health and livelihoods are threatened by environmental exploitation are encouraged. Multipronged campaigns that push for greater environmental protections and force the government to abide by its own laws are supported.

Patagonia funds work that:
- Is action-oriented
- 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
- Works to build an inclusive and diverse environmental movement

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185169

Estimated Size of Grant:

The funding range for a corporate grant is typically between $10,000 and $20,000, depending on the specific needs of the project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations with 501(c)(3) status or a comparable fiscal sponsor may apply.

Funding is given to environmental work that takes place within the United States and is either national in scope or not located near one of Patagonia's U.S. retail stores.

Not Funded:
- 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
- Projects that are solely focused on environmental education
- Environmental conferences
- Endowment funds
- Political campaigns
- Green building projects
- Bike advocacy, unless the project is in direct support of a climate change solution
- Event sponsorships or film festivals

Pre-Application Information:

There are two annual deadlines for the Corporate Grants Program:

April 30: All applications received in April will receive a response by the end of August.
August 31: All applications received in August will receive a response by the end of January.

To begin the application process, applicants must complete the eligibility quiz. If eligible, applicants will then be directed to the grant application form.

Grant Guidelines:


Only one proposal per group per fiscal year (May 1–April 30) will be accepted. Applicants may not submit more than one proposal in a 12-month period, even if separate applications are submitted to different Patagonia grants programs.

Please note that the program guidelines are constantly updated, therefore, it is highly recommended to check these guidelines each time before submitting a new proposal.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online Quiz and Application:

For all technical assistance with CyberGrants and the application process, please contact the support team at

For all other questions, please reach out to the grants team at

Grant Coverage Areas:

Eligible programs are not located near one of Patagonia's U.S. retail stores:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming