Fiscal Sponsorship makes it possible for arts groups and individual artist projects that do not wish or are not ready to become a tax-exempt nonprofit to solicit for tax-deductible donations as they grow.
“The one thing you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can. The moment that you feel that just possibly you are walking down the street naked…that’s the moment you may be starting to get it right.”
How Fiscal Sponsorship Works
Fiscal sponsorship is an arrangement between an existing 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and an individual or entity lacking the legal status needed to receive grants from foundations, individual donors and government agencies.
C4 Atlanta uses what is referred to as a "Model C" fiscal sponsorship. This means that we re-grant money to your project from funders. We created this program so you wouldn't have to create your own nonprofit to provide donors with the benefit of a tax deduction.
Steps for C4's program:
- Email us to see if your project fits our program
- Apply online & wait for project approval
- Paperwork: contract, insurance form, and w-9..,
- Launch project!
- If requested, C4 will provide your organization or arts project with an online donation page.
NOTE: we only accept projects that have the potential to raise $5,000 and above.
Currently Sponsored Projects
Atlanta Artists Relief Fund is an artist-led community support and advocacy organization that helps artists however they need help.
Through community support programs such as mental health services, unemployment assistance, and personal development, we aim to creatively assist artists in their pursuit of a sustainable and enriching artistic career.
Frequently Asked Questions
Learn more about C4 Atlanta's fiscal sponsorship program.
Did you know that this program has helped artists and small arts orgs raise over half a million dollars? it's true!
What does "public good" mean?
The creative careers also contribute to the public good if it removes barriers to engagement with artistic work, encourages participation and/or education, and enables communities and individuals to discover, explore and deepen their creative and cultural lives. We ask applicants to explain the way(s) in which their artistic project demonstrate a public good.
How much does it cost?
There is a yearly Membership fee of $100 for any project that is accepted. Additionally, there is an 8% administrative fee on all contributed funds which cover expenses related to bookkeeping, website management, staff time and other administrative cost related to properly overseeing ArtsForce projects.
How long does it take?
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and must be approved by the Board of Directors. This process can take up to two weeks. We can expedite IF you have a donor waiting to support your project.
What is considered "commercial art"?
In essence, your project cannot be designed to earn money as the primary focus or goal. If you earn revenue from the outcome of your project, it should be a result rather than a goal. For example: we would not accept an application for a gallery sale, but we might accept one that is a free show open to the public.
What kinds of art projects?
Fiscal Sponsorship does NOT mean C4 gives you a grant. Grants, donations, and other funding must come from your own personal efforts. Fiscal Sponsorship only refers to the relationship between C4 and you or your company. C4 Atlanta instead accepts money and donations on behalf of you or your company while providing one of the main benefits: its tax-exempt status.
What kinds of art projects?
C4 Atlanta serves all artistic disciplines. Past projects have included: films, public art, theatre, dance, performance art, and more.