Small Arts Grants :: Instructions for Fiscally Sponsored Organizations

The Foundation accepts proposals from fiscally sponsored organizations through its Small Arts Grants program to allow important creative voices working outside of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit structure to apply for support.

When using a fiscal sponsor, the applicant must have entered into a written agreement with a sponsoring 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that clearly delineates responsibilities for accounting procedures, fiscal oversight, and grant reporting. A letter of sponsorship summarizing the specific nature of this agreement must accompany the application.

To be eligible for a grant, the sponsoring nonprofit organization’s mission and ongoing programming must correlate with those of the sponsored project. The sponsoring organization’s annual budget must be greater than $100,000, but there is no upper limit on its size.

The organizational materials provided with the grant application (annual budgets, board list, and optional DataArts profile) should be those of the fiscal sponsor, except for the institutional funder list, which should provide fiscally sponsored organization’s secured and pending funders.  Sponsored applicants should also attach their own project budget showing income and expenses, including the amount for payments to artists.  If the sponsored organization has an Advisory Board, please upload a listing of its members with their affiliations as a supporting document.

Please note that all grant communication will be sent to the fiscal sponsor, and it is responsible for informing the sponsored organization of the status of its grant proposal, promptly forwarding any funds awarded, and ensuring that final grant reports are filed within one year of the award date.