Become Fiscally Sponsored

To qualify for fiscal sponsorship with Fresh Arts, your project must align with Fresh Arts' mission.

projects must be:

Locally based (within 50 miles of the Greater Houston area)

Arts based or creative in nature

Community-based or have a charitable (for the public good) purpose

Things to know before applying for fiscal sponsorship

All applicants must pay a non-refundable $25 application fee.

Upon approval, projects pay a one-time account set-up fee ($75) and begin a monthly cost share membership ($10/month)

Fresh Arts does not provide funding for projects, but we aim to connect projects with opportunities that will

Annual contract renewal fee is $100 for continuing projects

Fresh Arts receives a cost share of 8% of funds raised, which helps offset the admin costs of the program


Application date

Applications are accepted quarterly and due by the 1st of February, May, August, or November. Access the application at

Appointment date before application

Interested applicants must schedule an appointment with Fresh Arts’ Fiscal Sponsorship Manager 15 days prior to application deadline to discuss the program guidelines and your project fit before applying.

Review process

Applications are reviewed quarterly by a committee. Applicants will be notified of their status within 30 days of application deadline.

After getting accepted

Projects must submit contracts and other paperwork upon given timelines before they are allowed to submit grants through the fiscal sponsorship program.

PLEASE NOTE: Fresh Arts is a small organization with limited capacity to support fiscally sponsored projects. When our program reaches capacity, we reserve the right to decline otherwise eligible applications or to temporarily close the application process.

FUNDING TIMELINE: Interested applicants should take the above timeline into consideration before applying to the program. Some grantors, such as Houston Arts Alliance, require applicants to have a fiscal sponsor. If you are seeking fiscal sponsorship from Fresh Arts in order to apply for a grant, you should apply for Fiscal Sponsorship no later than 45 business days before the grant deadline. Failure to do so could mean that your project may not be accepted into the Fiscal Sponsorship program in time to apply for the grant.

Getting Started

  1. Create a mission and budget for your project. Identify your audience and possible sources of support.
  2. Get to know our program; schedule an appointment with Fresh Arts’ Fiscal Sponsorship Manager before the 15th of the month! Email
  3. Once you have been approved to apply to the FS program, submit your application and pay your $25 application fee online.
  4. Upon acceptance, pay your one-time account set-up fee, begin your cost-share membership, sign your contract, and schedule an appointment with Fresh Arts so we can get to know you better!
  5. Start fundraising!
  6. Fresh Arts will provide you with resources (restricted to approved projects) to help you fundraise and market your project effectively.