Become Fiscally Sponsored

To qualify for fiscal sponsorship with Fresh Arts, your project must align with Fresh Arts values. **We are not taking new sponsorship applications at this time.**

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 $100 application fee

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

Fiscally sponsored projects pay a $100 renewal fee due annually on the anniversary of your acceptance into the program

Fresh Arts charges an administrative fee of 7% (+ applicable credit card transaction fees), which help offset the costs of running the program


Application date

**Fresh Arts is not taking new sponsorship applications at this time.** When reinstated, applications will be accepted quarterly and due by the 1st of February, May, August, or November.

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 with 30 business days of application deadline.

After getting accepted

Once accepted into the program, projects must submit contracts and other paperwork upon given timelines before projects will be allowed to submit grants through the fiscal sponsorship program.

*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 $100 application fee online
  4. Upon FS program acceptance, schedule an appointment with Fresh Arts so you can sign your contract and we can get to know you better!
  5. Start fundraising!
  6. Fresh Arts will provide you with on-hand resources (restricted to approved projects) to help you fundraise and market your project effectively