Patagonia Australia 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 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 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.
We fund work that:
- is action-oriented
- is quantifiable
- builds public involvement and support
- is strategic in its targeting and goals
- focuses on root causes
- accomplishes specific goals and objectives that can be effectively measured to evaluate success
- takes place within the following countries: Australia, New Zealand, United States, Canada, Japan, Korea, Chile, Argentina, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Luxembourg, Italy, Ireland, Germany, France, Denmark, Belgium, Austria and the Czech Republic
We do not fund:
- 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
- environmental conferences
- endowment funds
- political campaigns
- green building projects
- fish-related initiatives – these projects are funded through our World Trout Grants Program
To qualify for Patagonia grant funding:
- Your organisation must be operated for the public good
- Your organisation must be a registered Australian or New Zealand charity, or have a fiscal sponsor with such status
- Your organisation, or your fiscal sponsor, must have a bank account for business purposes in the name of your organisation
Please keep the following in mind when developing an international grant proposal:
- Patagonia is unable to fund lobbying through our international grants program.
- Patagonia grant funds cannot not be used to carry out propaganda or to attempt to influence specific legislation, either by direct or grassroots lobbying.
- Patagonia grant funds cannot be used to participate or intervene in any campaign (including the publishing or distribution of statements) on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office; or to fund any specific voter registration drive conducted in a manner that favours a particular candidate or slate of candidates.
- You can use funds to educate the public on issues.
- You can do general voter registration work that is not favouring one candidate over the other.
- Patagonia is unable to fund US-based activities through our international grants program.
- All proposed activities must be conducted outside of the United States.
- Patagonia grant funds cannot be used to travel to a U.S. conference or to conduct programmatic activity that takes place in the United States.
- US-based organisations that do work internationally are eligible for our international grants programs, but all programs and activities must take place outside the United States.
- Patagonia is unable to fund capital expenses through our international grants program.
- Patagonia grant funds cannot be used to purchase buildings, land, vehicles, or boats.
- Improvements such as repairs, remodels, renovations, etc. are also unallowable.
We accept one proposal per group per US fiscal year (May 1–April 30). The funding range for an Australian grant is typically between $10,000 USD and $20,000 USD, depending on the specific needs of the project.
The next round of grant applications will open 1 July – 31 August 2018.
For more information visit the Patagonia website here.