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Sponsorships and grants

CASA provides sponsorship support to aviation-related organisations and events to help improve and promote aviation safety.

CASA initiated two additional sponsorship programs during 2019–20: the Drone Sponsorship Program, to support the drone safety campaign, and the Community Sponsorship Program, to support aero clubs and flying schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. The General Safety Promotion Sponsorship Program and the Stephen Guerin Scholarship were also open for submissions during the year.

The Drone Sponsorship Program, launched in January 2020 as part of the Know Your Drone safety promotion campaign, received 49 submissions with a total value of $875,472. Submissions were assessed against the guidelines and $50,000 was committed to successful applicants active in promoting drone safety in their communities. In addition to sponsorship funds, drone safety information and promotional products were provided to applicants in support of drone events, outreach, training and education.

Table 15 shows the value of CASA’s sponsorships and grants and the numbers of organisations or events assisted in recent years.

Table 15 Sponsorships and grants, 2017–18 to 2019–20





Total funds




No. of organisations/events