Fiscal Sponsorship

What is Fiscal Sponsorship?

Fiscal sponsorship allows a nonprofit organization (the “fiscal sponsor”) to provide selected administrative services, oversight, and tax-exempt status to the activities of groups, projects, organizations, or individuals engaged in work that furthers the fiscal sponsor’s mission. This means that if you meet the review criteria, Arts Connection, as a 501(c)3 organization, would extend its nonprofit umbrella to support the activities of the approved application.

These Goals Include:

Testing and accelerating public interest ideas into effective social and civic action;

Fostering social innovation and entrepreneurship;

Advancing the emergence of able, creative community leadership;

Promoting well-managed solutions and fiscal efficiency in addressing social problems or challenges;

Transferring the knowledge, skills and habits of excellent organizational operation; and,

Strengthening the presence, voice and effectiveness of civil society.”

project, or grant specific relationship

Arts Connection is proud to be able to offer this service and we structure our relationship by Model C – which is a project or grant specific relationship. Find out more about this structure below:

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Who is Fiscal Sponsorship For?

Arts Connection’s Fiscal Sponsorship Program provides administrative support and guidance to artists, projects and other organizations, working in a variety of disciplines, so that they may pursue grants, donations, and other sponsorship opportunities that require tax-exempt status.

This is an important service in which Arts Connection acts as a partner to help you raise money and apply for grants to produce regional arts and culture events, programs, and projects that benefit each of our creative communities, all across San Bernardino County.

A fiscal sponsorship relationship with Arts Connection ensures funding agencies and contributors that donations and grants received on behalf of the artists/projects are well-managed and funds are disbursed according to the grant proposal and their guidelines.


Arts Connection will consider artists, organizations, and projects for sponsorship if they are:

Mission aligned with Arts Connection’s role as San Bernardino County’s local arts agency

Engaged with and supportive of local community needs and priorities

In good standing with the CA Franchise Tax Board and IRS
Show potential for future development and growth
Non-legislative in nature

How Do I Apply?

After reviewing the guidelines and determining that you, your project, or your organization fits the criteria, you can request an application below.


To apply for this program, please send us a simple inquiry form, and we will send you a full application via email or mail, depending on your needs. Please let us know if you need the application in a language other than English. Arts Connection staff will follow-up via email within 2-3 weeks to set up an in person interview.