Through targeted sponsorships, we support organisations and programs that help us reach shared environmental and heritage goals.

Sponsorship provides the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment the opportunity to support organisations and activities which align with our strategic goals. The Department offers limited sponsorship opportunities for projects, programs and events that advance our goals but are not covered under our various grant programs.

As part of a sponsorship partnership recipients are expected to comply with any conditions or requirements that form part of the sponsorship agreement, as well as any relevant NSW Government legislation.

Due to limited resources we are unable to support all applications, even where they meet the assessment criteria. Sponsorship is entirely at the discretion of the Department.

Sponsorship applicants should read our Corporate Plan 2014-17 to ensure their proposal aligns with our strategic goals.

Sponsorship may be provided for, but is not limited to, the following types of activities:

  • conferences
  • awards
  • exhibitions
  • community events
  • promotional activities.

Activities or organisations the Department will not sponsor include, but are not limited to:

  • proposals which are contrary to NSW Government policy
  • proposals which do not align with the Department’s strategic goals
  • organisations or proposals for which there is a conflict of interest – in cases where there is a perceived conflict of interest the Department must be advised of this at the time of application to ensure this is managed appropriately
  • proposals of a dangerous or hazardous nature
  • proposals involving activities with or sponsorship from other organisations or companies deemed to be inappropriate
  • ongoing or recurrent administration costs of an organisation
  • endorsement of commercial products or services
  • individuals or unincorporated groups
  • activities where the primary focus is outside NSW
  • organisations that have breached environmental regulations over the past three years
  • organisations currently subject to the Department regulatory actions during the period leading up to or during the term of the sponsored project.

Applicants can apply for sponsorship at any time. The Department only accepts proposals via our Sponsorship Application Form (DOC 38KB). The application form captures the information required for the Department to make an assessment about whether sponsorship can be provided. If you require assistance with your application contact: OEH.sponsorship@environment.nsw.gov.au.

Applications will usually be processed within four weeks but may take longer in some instances. Successful proposals will be provided with a formal agreement, setting out details of the purpose for which the funding has been given and any other conditions deemed appropriate. The agreement must be signed by both parties to be considered in effect.

Due to limited resources the Department is unable to support all applications, even when applications meet all the assessment criteria. Sponsorship is entirely at the discretion of the Department.

The following criteria will be taken into consideration when assessing applications for sponsorship

  1. Eligibility: Is the proposal eligible? Refer to the list of activities and organisations above that the Department will not support.
  2. Grant programs: Is this a project that could have been funded under one of the Department’s grant programs?
  3. Alignment and promotion: Does this project align with and promote the Department’s strategic goals, and if so how does it assist the Department in achieving them?
  4. Partnership leverage and benefits: Has the applicant demonstrated a willingness to work closely with the Department to leverage and acknowledge the sponsorship? What are the benefits to the Department in sponsoring this project? Is it value for money and the best available option in the market place?
  5. Application form: Has the applicant provided all the information required as part of the application form including details of public liability insurance?
  6. Track record and risk management: In the case of events, does the applicant have a successful track record in event management? Has the applicant demonstrated that they have appropriate plans in place including risk management, insurances, finance and staffing?
  7. Good standing: Has the applicant successfully acquitted previous grants and sponsorships received from the Department including providing reports?
  8. Additional supporting information: Has the applicant provided additional information which has been requested?

The Department uses information provided by applicants to assess and process sponsorship proposals. We may be required to release application information under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 or other lawful requirement.

Applicants should note that the Department might give some or all of this information to:

  • other government agencies
  • an assessment panel which is responsible for assessing applications
  • parliamentary committees
  • members of parliament
  • media who may help in publicising the project.

The name of the applicant organisation and other details may be disclosed in documentation, such as media releases. These details may also be made publicly available on the Department’s website or in the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment annual report. Any requirement for commercial and/or personal confidentiality should be addressed in your application.

All sponsorship recipients are required to provide a written report within one month of the completion of the project, program or event. This should be a minimum of one page setting out the following:

  • achievements of the project against deliverables which may have formed part of the sponsorship agreement
  • details about how the project helped the Department achieve its strategic goals
  • if there were any special conditions as part of the sponsorship, outline how these were met
  • acknowledgment of the Department’s support.

Applicants should use the reporting template provided for this purpose as part of the sponsorship agreement.