We do not fund unincorporated or for-profit entities or individuals that engage nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)3 U.S. organizations; units of state or local government; or federally recognized tribal communities or tribes to apply for grants on their behalf. An ineligible organization (i.e., one without its own nonprofit status) may not use a fiscal sponsor for the purpose of submitting an application.
What is a fiscal sponsor?
A fiscal sponsor is an entity that oversees the fiscal activities of another organization, company, or group of independent artists or projects. These activities may include bookkeeping, filing of W2s or 1099s, daily banking, or grant preparation.
The key to avoiding the appearance of fiscal sponsorship is the involvement of your organization. This might include
- Producing or co-producing.
- Partnering on creative direction or development.
- Organizing workshops, public showings, or distribution of work.
- Providing social networking strategies or web implementation.
You can provide evidence of your organization's involvement in your application, on your website, though announcements and evaluations of public events, and with archival documentation.
We may review your website and other materials in addition to your application to determine the appropriate nature of the project.
If your organization does not have its own nonprofit status, you may still participate in a project submitted by another organization that meets our eligibility criteria.
While an organization that serves as a fiscal sponsor may not apply for projects on behalf of the entities or individuals that it may sponsor as part of its mission and programs, it may apply for its own programs and productions. In this case, the organization must clearly demonstrate that it is applying only for its own programmatic activities.
See our "Frequently Asked Questions" for more information.