In the city of Houston, there is a passionate community of philanthropic individuals, charitable foundations, and government institutions devoted to funding the arts, however, many of our most talented independent artists and small companies are ineligible to receive grants and tax-deductible contributions without 501(c)(3) tax status. That's where the Fresh Arts fiscal sponsorship program comes in! A fiscal sponsor is a nonprofit organization that provides fiduciary oversight, financial management, and other administrative services to help build the capacity of charitable projects. In other words, we help you to fundraise like a nonprofit without the administrative burden. Learn more about the process of fiscal sponsorship here.
Things you need to know before applying:
Your project must have a charitable purpose
Your mission must align with Fresh Arts' mission to strengthen the sustainability and vibrancy of Houston's arts sector by bolstering the capacity and professional practice of artists and arts organizations and enhancing the public's engagement with the arts.
Fresh Arts will not fund your project, but we aim to connect you with the people that will!
Fresh Arts charges an administrative fee of 7% (10% for credit card donations), this helps us offset the costs of running the program
You must be an active member of Fresh Arts to have access to fiscal sponsorship
Fresh Arts offers a fiscal sponsorship program which allows artists and arts organizations to create methods to support our creative community outside of traditional nonprofit models. In the city of Houston, there is a passionate community of philanthropic individuals, charitable foundations, and government institutions devoted to funding the arts, however, many of our most talented independent artists and small companies are ineligible to receive grants and tax-deductible contributions without 501(c)(3) tax status. The alternative to working through a fiscal sponsorship program (creating a new nonprofit organization) comes with a significant administrative burden, which is neither in the average artist’s wheelhouse, nor the best use of their time—time better spent in the studio, in the practice room, or on stage. Via the fiscal sponsorship program, individual artists and projects aligned with Fresh Arts’ mission are able to utilize its nonprofit status to solicit funds. Through these services, Fresh Arts can open the door to new streams of support for our city’s independent artists, while providing fiscal oversight for utilizing charitable funds, as well as consultation services to enhance their professional skills.
FISCAL SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:
Fresh Arts is utilizing the Model C “grantor/grantee relationship” model for its fiscal sponsorship program, following best practices as set forth by the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors. To complement the fiscal sponsorship services, Fresh Arts arms artists and stakeholders in sponsored projects with professional development support during the process. Customizing some of our workshop programming and consultation services for our roster of sponsored projects provides them with a wrap-around network of support to promote financial sustainability, a higher degree of professionalism, and enhanced knowledge of business practices in the sector.
Fiscal sponsorship applications are reviewed on a monthly basis, and the timeframe from submission to notification of acceptance takes one month. (You must be a member of Fresh Arts to apply.) You can review the preliminary fiscal sponsorship application here. (Note: You will be prompted to create a free Submittable account before applying). For more information, please see our Fiscal Sponsorship FAQs or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign up for updates about the fiscal sponsorship program here.