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Sponsorship Criteria


Energy Northwest is a Washington state joint operating agency and restricted by the Washington Constitution, Article VIII, Section 7, from gifting public funds in the aid of any individual, association, company or corporation UNLESS it is to support “the poor or infirm.”

Eligible activities*: EN will consider a wide range of community, environmental and educational sponsorships for national and regional organizations, local events and activities. Opportunities are subject to the following guidelines:


  • Alignment with EN goals, mission, vision and strategic plan

  • Value received must be greater than the cost of sponsorship

  • EN budget availability

  • Accordance with applicable law

Plus at least one of the following:

  • Promotes or enhances the relationship between EN and the organization (related to energy, education, STEM or recruitment; or part of an approved employee development opportunity)

  • Organization or event reaches public power and/or targeted audiences

  • Potential for long-term, sustainable partnership or relationship with key stakeholders and other regional organizations

  • Opportunity for media coverage and/or additional education outreach

Ineligible activities:

  • Charities (limited to in-kind support)

  • Requests that benefit an individual person or family

  • Religious activities, in whole or in part, for the purpose of furthering religious doctrine

  • Door prizes, raffles or gifts

  • School-affiliated sports, orchestras, bands, choirs, drama groups, class parties or similar activities

  • Youth sports organizations

  • Political candidates, organizations or lobbying efforts of any kind

  • Memorials or endowments

Submission requirements:

To be considered, requests must adhere to the following.

  1. Request for sponsorship or event-related in-kind trade must be submitted in writing (proposal or letter of request) a minimum of 60 days in advance of the event or program start date.

  2. Submission may be electronic (e-mail) or postal mail and must include:

    • Complete contact information of requesting organization, including website

    • Name of event or sponsorship scope

    • Address how request satisfies EN eligibility criteria

    • Date(s)

    • Location(s)

    • Number of participants &/or spectators

    • Media associated with the event

    • Details on additional exposure, promotional and/or sponsorship benefits

  3. Send to: (e-mail) Email: OR (postal mail)
    Energy Northwest
    Public Affairs
    MD: 1480
    P.O. Box 968
    Richland, Wash. 99354

  4. NO phone requests will be accepted

*Each eligible opportunity will be fully vetted through an opportunity assessment conducted by Public Affairs and reviewed by Legal Services. EN is not obligated to approve submissions, despite eligibility.


Kelly Rae
Public Affairs

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