Private Funder: Patagonia; Opportunity: 2015 Environmental Grants Program; Funding Focus: Education, environment, children, youth; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: 501(c)(3) nonprofits; Funding: A typical grant is $12,000; Deadlines: April 30 and Aug. 31.
The company’s environmental grant program supports small, grassroots organizations that have provocative direct-action agendas and are working on multi-pronged campaigns. Programs should be educational and help to preserve and protect the environment. Youth groups have won.
A recent grantee was Project Bike Trip. The program provides comprehensive hands-on and academic bicycle education for youth in order to enhance lives, create opportunities and build sustainable communities. In addition to this program, each Patagonia retail store administers a local grants program. Retail store grant applications are accepted year round. Local store information can be accessed here