About Fiscal Sponsorship

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 allign 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

How to get sponsored:

  1. Get to know our program 

  2. Still have questions? Schedule an optional appointment with Fresh Arts

  3. Submit you application online - applications deadlines are the first of every month

  4. Your application will be reviewed by a committee 

  5. You will be notified of their decision within one month

  6. Now you're sponsored, schedule an optional appointment with Fresh Arts so you can sign your contract and we can get to know you better!

  7. We will help you to create a funding strategy

  8. And connect you with the resources you need to success

  9. You can set up a fundraising page on our website to begin accepting donations right away

  10. Fresh Arts will provide you with on-hand resources to help you fundraise and market your project effectively

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.

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.

Things you need to know before applying:

  • Your project must have a charitable purpose

  • Your mission must allign 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

How to get sponsored:

  1. Get to know our program 

  2. Still have questions? Schedule an optional appointment with Fresh Arts

  3. Submit you application online - applications deadlines are the first of every month

  4. Your application will be reviewed by a committee 

  5. You will be notified of their decision within one month

  6. Now you're sponsored, schedule an optional appointment with Fresh Arts so you can sign your contract and we can get to know you better!

  7. We will help you to create a funding strategy

  8. And connect you with the resources you need to success

  9. You can set up a fundraising page on our website to begin accepting donations right away

  10. Fresh Arts will provide you with on-hand resources to help you fundraise and market your project effectively

 
 

ABOUT FRESH ARTS:

Fresh Arts is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to strengthening 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 is committed to the growth of a thriving, innovative, and diverse arts sector in Houston and towards that end, provides programming and services in the arenas of professional development training, resource aggregation, showcasing, community building, and audience development. We are a help-desk and small business development center, as well as an advocate, intermediary, and support network for Houston's creative community. Learn more...