Fiscal Sponsorship

Fiscal sponsorship is an activity by which a public charity, tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, provides financial and programmatic oversight of unincorporated nonprofit projects that allows those fiscally sponsored projects to receive grants and tax-exempt donations from government, foundations, and individuals.

Orgs offering Fiscal Sponsorship

Note:  This is a partial list – to learn about these and other providers please visit the Fiscal Sponsor Directory – The Fiscal Sponsorship Directory is a tool created by the San Francisco Study Center to help connect community projects with fiscal sponsors; it is also a forum for fostering understanding of that relationship and its impact on the nonprofit sector.

Funding for GLBT Orgs / Projects

A resource list for grant writers who are seeking grant funding for LGBT organizations.

Bay Area Founders / Grant Intermediaries

Queer Cultural Center – QCC Creating Queer Community – Grant Applicants Workshop June 29th and 30th)
Horizons Foundation (San Francisco, CA) – Link
Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence – Up to $1000- Sisters Grant Next Cycle deadline – July 11 –
Comfort and Joy Grants (Playa Specific)  – Up to $1000

Artist Specific –  Local

San Francisco Arts Commission
SFAC offers “grants of up to $15,000 to individual artists living and working in San Francisco,” Special Project grants “up to $1,000, for very small, volunteer-based arts groups throughout San Francisco’s neighborhoods in order to stimulate the production and dissemination of works of art,” and more.

San Francisco Foundation
Six awards per year for California-born artists of all ages working in film, video, photography, or printmaking. Range from $2,500 to $7,500 each.

Southern Exposure
An annual $15,000 award to commission a public art project in the Bay Area

National Funders

Arcus Foundation (social justice)
Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation (stop bullying) –
David Bohnett Foundation (social activism) –
Ford Foundation (securing legal rights, improving economic security, safety concerns) –
Gill Foundation (general support) –
Liberty Hill Foundation (address inequities through effective grassroots organizing) –
The Palette Fund (LGBT homeless youth) –
Point Foundation (National LGBTQ Scholarship Fund) –
Tides Foundation (advocacy, litigation and reform) –
Puffin Foundation

None of the national funders give monies to LGBT community centers; however, many of the community foundations do. If you are seeking monies for a local LGBT community center, check with the local community foundation first, as they are the most likely candidate for operational support.

Foundations / Granting Bodies

Alliance for California Traditional Arts
Alliance for California Traditional Arts is dedicated to supporting and sustaining folk and traditional arts at the statewide level. The Hewlett Foundation supports The Living Cultures Grants Program, a funding program that makes grants to California nonprofit organizations for exemplary projects in the traditional arts.

Arts Council Silicon Valley
Arts Council Silicon Valley supports the arts community in Santa Clara County through a number of different grant opportunities and programs, including the Hewlett-supported Local Arts Grants, which provides support for small and mid-size local arts organizations.

Center for Cultural Innovation
The Center for Cultural Innovation promotes knowledge sharing, networking, and financial independence for individual artists and creative entrepreneurs by providing business training, grants, and loans and by incubating innovative projects that create new program knowledge, tools, and practices for artists in the field. The Investing in Artists grants program supported by the Hewlett Foundation is designed to enhance the working lives and creative environment for California artists by funding arts equipment, materials, and presentation and marketing strategies. Emerging arts leaders between the ages eighteen to thirty-five may apply for Hewlett-supported NextGen Arts professional development grants to enroll in workshops, attend conferences, and work with consultants or coaches to enhance their skills.

Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County
The Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County exists to lead and advance the arts by providing funding, advocacy, and support to artists and arts organizations. The Council, with Hewlett support, providesGeneral Support and Project Support grants to organizations and artists headquartered and doing the majority of their work within Santa Cruz County.

Dancers’ Group
Dancers’ Group is the region’s service organization dedicated to promoting the visibility and viability of dance in the San Francisco Bay Area. CA$H grants support professionally oriented theater and dance artists and small organizations in Theatre Bay Area’s Northern California service area, which stretches north to Fort Bragg, east to the Sierra Foothills, and south to Salinas. The Hewlett Foundation provides support for CA$H, a program of Theatre Bay Area in partnership with Dancers’ Group.

East Bay Community Foundation
The East Bay Community Foundation is a leading resource for mobilizing financial resources and community leadership to transform the lives of people in the East Bay with pressing needs. The goal of its Hewlett-supported East Bay Fund for Artists is to work regionally to build individual donor capacity and bring new resources to artists by finding new funds from private foundations and individual donors for commissions, fellowships, and residencies.

Horizons Foundation
Horizons Foundation fuels the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) movement by increasing support for diverse San Francisco Bay Area nonprofits that help thousands of people each day. With support from the Hewlett Foundation, Horizons Foundation Community Issues Grants makes arts and culture grants to nonprofit and fiscally sponsored organizations in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma counties.

Native Cultures Fund
The Native Cultures Fund is a program of the Humboldt Area Foundation in partnership with The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and other foundations and individuals. Initiated and led by Native peoples, the Fund supports California Native American arts, culture, sacred sites, and cultural transmission between generations through grants to California Native American artists and cultural stewards in a service area that spans fifty counties.

Northern California Grantmakers
Northern California Grantmakers is a regional association of grantmakers. The goal of the Arts Loan Fund, which receives support from the Hewlett Foundation, is to provide quick turnaround, short-term, low-interest loans to arts organizations located in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, Sacramento, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Sonoma counties, as well as individual artists located in the cities of Oakland and San Francisco.

San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music
San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music is a service organization founded to nurture, support, and promote the careers of professional chamber music ensembles and to build audiences for chamber music in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Musical Grant Program offers awards to chamber music projects in the genres of early music, classical, contemporary, improvisation, and jazz in the greater San Francisco Bay Area (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma counties).

Theatre Bay Area
Theatre Bay Area is the region’s service organization dedicated to promoting and advancing the theater community in the San Francisco Bay Area. CA$H grants support professionally oriented theater and dance artists and small organizations in Theatre Bay Area’s Northern California service area, which stretches north to Fort Bragg, east to the Sierra Foothills, and south to Salinas. The Hewlett Foundation provides support for CA$H, a program of Theatre Bay Area in partnership with Dancers’ Group.

The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation
The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation partner to make innovative grants through the Gerbode Foundation’s Special Awards Program. Grants are awarded annually to Bay Area arts institutions to commission new works from gifted individual artists. Eligible disciplines change each year.

Walter & Elise Haas Fund
The mission of the Walter & Elise Haas Fund is to help build a healthy, just, and vibrant society in which people feel connected to and responsible for their community. The Creative Work Fund supports projects that foster partnerships between artists and nonprofit organizations to create new work and engage the public in new ways. The principal collaborating artists must live in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, or Stanislaus counties and have lived there for at least two years prior to submitting a letter of inquiry. Collaborating organizations must also be based in one of the fourteen counties.

Zellerbach Family Foundation
The mission of the Zellerbach Family Foundation is to be a catalyst for constructive social change by initiating and investing in efforts that strengthen families and communities. The Zellerbach Family Foundation accepts proposals for its Community Arts Grants from nonprofit community arts organizations doing their work in San Francisco, Contra Costa, and Alameda (west of the Caldecott Tunnel) counties.