What is Fiscal Sponsorship?

NYWIFT's fiscal sponsorship allows filmmakers to access foundation and government grant funding that may only be accessible to nonprofit organizations or fiscally sponsored projects. It also provides the incentive to donors that their contribution to the project is a charitable deduction for income tax purposes.

This program does not fund film projects. Instead, NYWIFT acts as a nonprofit umbrella organization for filmmakers and videomakers who are seeking to raise funds and require nonprofit status to do so. Funds raised by project directors is directed to NYWIFT who administers and disburses those funds back to project directors.

There is no application fee. NYWIFT takes an administrative fee of 7% for any funds raised through the fiscal sponsorship program. 


How to Apply

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. There is no deadline. You must be a NYWIFT member to be considered for fiscal sponsorship. (Become a member.)

Submit a one or two-page project proposal or treatment, a budget and the bios of key personnel. Please designate a single project manager who will be responsible for requesting funds and reporting to NYWIFT.  Your application will be reviewed within two - three weeks. If your application is accepted you will be sent a contract.


Donations can be made via a webpage that is created for each project. Checks should be made out to NYWIFT. Make sure to put the project name in the memo portion of the check.

Checks should be sent to:
New York Women in Film & Television
PO Box 55
Kings Park, NY 11754

Email emichel@nywift.org for further information.

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