Step 1: Understanding who we are and what we sponsor
Applications are considered on a monthly basis. Each month's submission deadline is the last day of the month at 11:59pm, Eastern time. Our Board meets early in the following month to review applications. We issue decisions on or before the 15th of each month for the previous month's applications.
For example: I apply for sponsorship on Feb. 1st; the Board meets in early March; I am accepted into the program on or before March 15th. This is the longest range of time it would normally take to get sponsored.
What Do We Sponsor?
Fractured Atlas supports fiscally sponsored projects that are consistent with our IRS-approved charitable mission. Projects must be artistic in nature and may not be produced solely for commercial gain. The term "project" is used very broadly, and may refer to a one-time project, an ongoing group or company, or even the work and career of an individual artist.
Examples of the types of projects we sponsor include:
- Independent artists' ongoing work and creative development
- One-time or finite artistic events or festivals
- Grassroots or DIY companies, collectives or facilities
- Emerging arts organizations
- Small but mature arts organizations with limited staffs
- Arts educators or arts in education programs
- Arts organizations that have applied for a 501(c)(3) tax exempt determination and are awaiting IRS approval
- All of the above that seek fundraising support specifically for arts-related endeavors
What Can't We Sponsor?
- Award programs, grant programs, scholarship programs, or any other scenario in which you'll be re-granting the money you receive from us.
- Commercial projects with the primary goal of making money.
- Projects without a substantial artistic component.
What is the Relationship Between Fractured Atlas and its Sponsored Projects?
Fiscal sponsorship has many different models and programs differ. Fractured Atlas' fiscal sponsorship program is structured as a grantor-grantee relationship. Our program is very large and we currently act as a fiscal sponsor to over 2,500 projects across the country. In our program, sponsored projects are treated as separate legal entities that are responsible for their own tax returns, employment taxes, insurance, debts, liabilities and other legal obligations. Although fiscal sponsorship does not give projects 501(c)(3) status, it does enable them to access many of the benefits of Fractured Atlas' 501(c)(3) status.
Fractured Atlas does not judge your work's artistic quality or merit. Fractured Atlas provides a legal and efficient mechanism for funders and donors to support charitable, arts-related activities.
Fiscal Sponsorship Contract
By submitting an application you agree to be legally bound by the fiscal sponsorship agreement. Please review it carefully before applying.