Fiscal Sponsorship
This unique program offers individual artists, collectives, and emerging organizations the ability to solicit tax­ deductible contributions and grants, as well as consultation from MAPS staff for individual projects. Once a year, MAPS accepts applications for fiscally sponsored projects and an independent, three-person committee selects awardees. All project funds raised by fiscally sponsored projects are subject to a 6% administrative fee.

*Please note: fiscal sponsorship is NOT a grant and applications should not include a request for funding from MAPS. If you want to learn about fiscal sponsorship watch the Fiscal Sponsorship Primer Video by Propel Nonprofits.

About the 2020 Fiscal Sponsorship Program: COVID-19 Response
MAPS is opening its fiscal sponsorship program to assist initiatives led by creative individuals, collectives, and organizations that are responding to the COVID-19 crisis. This application is for efforts that need a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)(3) nonprofit status to accept in-kind gifts of materials and supplies or tax-deductible donations in order to make the project happen. Applicants should already have donors identified before submitting an application.

Examples of opportunities may include, but are not limited to: in-kind donations of materials for independent makers to create masks and other protective equipment for health care workers; donations of equipment to facilitate the creation and sharing of creative programming (i.e. video/recording equipment); donations to support new or adapted arts and arts education programs serving communities affected by the crisis. At this time, we cannot sponsor re-granting programs (i.e. crowdfunding campaigns meant to distribute funds directly to organizations or individuals).

Applications will be reviewed by the MAPS Board on a rolling basis, with a deadline every other Friday at 5:00 pm beginning April 10, with notification the following week. Upcoming deadlines will then be April 24, and May 8, continuing as needed. Contracts will be for a six month period only and All other MAPS fiscal sponsorship policies apply, and sponsorship is not official until a contract agreement is signed. All contracts will be for a six-month period.

Applications are online only and available here.


Important Resources

Fiscal Sponsorship Workshop Powerpoint
Frequently Asked Questions
Policies & Guidelines
Sample Project Budget
Sample Contract Agreement
Fiscal Sponsorship Application Questions



MAPS Fiscal Sponsorship program is supported by a grant from the Regional Arts Commission.