Small Arts Grants :: Instructions for Fiscally Sponsored Organizations

The Foundation accepts proposals from fiscal sponsors on behalf of fiscally sponsored organizations through its Small Arts Grants program to allow important creative voices working outside of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit structure to be eligible for consideration.

When using a fiscal sponsor, the fiscally sponsored organization must have entered into a written agreement with a sponsoring 501(c)(3) nonprofit that clearly delineates responsibilities for accounting, 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’s mission and ongoing programming must be consistent with those of the sponsored group. In addition, the sponsoring nonprofit’s annual budget must be greater than $100,000, but there is no upper limit on its size.

When submitting an application, descriptions of the organization, its status, artistic plans, and the communities it engages should be for the fiscally sponsored group. The organizational attachments, however, (annual budget, financial statement, and board list) should be those of the fiscal sponsor, except for the institutional funder list, which should provide secured and pending funders for the fiscally sponsored group. Sponsored groups should also attach their own budget showing income and expenses, including the amount for payments to artists. If the sponsored group has an Advisory Board, a listing of its members with their affiliations should be uploaded as a supporting document.

All grant communication will be sent to the fiscal sponsor, and it is responsible for informing the sponsored organization of the status of the grant proposal, promptly forwarding any funds awarded, and ensuring that final grant reports are filed by the deadline provided. In the event of a positive decision, the fiscal sponsor will be the Foundation’s grantee.