Fiscal Sponsorship

Dancers’ Group’s Fiscal Sponsorship Program provides administrative support and guidance to choreographers and dance organizations, working in a variety of disciplines, so that they may produce community and performance projects; and 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.

Dancers’ Group fiscally sponsors over 120 artists and companies. To support a project, click here.


Dancers’ Group will consider projects for sponsorship if they are:

  • Dance, including multi-disciplinary works or projects
  • Serving community needs
  • Serious in intent and well-planned
  • Responsible about proper reporting to funding sources and to the IRS
  • Showing potential for future development
  • Non-legislative


As a fiscally sponsored project, Dancers’ Group will provide:

  • Sponsorship of grant applications and administration of grant funds through a pre-approved grant relationship
  • Formal acknowledgment to funding sources of all contributions and monitoring of expenditures to ensure that they are in keeping with the original proposals, contracts or funding letters
  • Staff consultation on writing of grants and on final reports to funders
  • General guidance about possible funding sources
  • Access to grant deadline calendar
  • Assistance with securing liability insurance ($150 per certificate)
  • Access to Dancers’ Group non-profit bulk mail indicia

Fees & Benefits

Upon acceptance in the fiscal sponsorship program an annual fee of $85 is due at the time a contract is signed between Dancers’ Group and the project. In addition to the ability to raise funds for your project, fiscally sponsored projects receive:

  • Quarterly finance statements sent to you
  • 10 issues a year of In Dance delivered first class
  • Link to the Grant Deadline calendar
  • Advertising discounts
  • Weekly E-Bulletins, featuring auditions, jobs, free & discounted tickets, national news and more


A completed application is required to be considered for the program.
Open and download the application. Submissions are accepted year round.


Frequently Asked Questions


Still have Questions?


Resources for Information About Fiscal Sponsorship
For a directory of fiscal sponsors, see:

For the book on fiscal sponsorship: Greg Colvin, Fiscal Sponsorship: Six Ways to Do It Right, Study Center Press (1993, rev. 2005) Includes a table comparing Models of Fiscal Sponsorship

For a synopsis of Greg Colvin’s book, go to his website:

For a comparison of “Starting a 501(c)(3) Organization with Using A Fiscal Sponsor (Model A)” see: Sponsorship Comparison

For another guide to Fiscal Sponsorship go to the Grantspace by Candid website:

For Guidelines to Best Practices in Fiscal Sponsorship, see website of the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors (NNFS): National Network of Fiscal Sponsors

For information on non-profit legal practices, visit Gene Takagi’s Blog:

For article in Grantmakers in the Arts Reader: “Fiscal Sponsorship is a Growing Field,” by Melanie Beene: Article