Thank you for your interest in IDA's Fiscal Sponsorship Program. For more general information about fiscal sponsorship with IDA, including answers to frequently asked questions, please visit our main Fiscal Sponsorship Page.
To apply to IDA's fiscal sponsorship program, please complete the following steps:
Both IDA staff and a committee of experienced filmmakers will review applications and accompanying materials. Some of the questions that staff and committee members will use in evaluating proposals include:
1. Narrative Proposal – Save the proposal as a single PDF. You will be asked to upload the PDF as part of the application.
The proposal should be typed, incorporating answers to the following questions into a narrative format. The proposal should not be structured as a series of questions and answers or posed as a letter to the Committee. The goal is to use your submitted proposal as a "boiler plate" that you will then use to submit to foundations, corporations, and individuals for funding. While you may certainly draw from existing materials, please do not submit a business plan or proposal created specifically for other funders or sponsors without customizing it to meet the guidelines outlined below.
Your proposal should have a cover sheet with the title of your project and contact information for the primary Project Manager. All pages should be numbered.
The proposal should cover the following areas and address the following key questions in detail:
2. Budget - Save the budget as a single PDF. You will be asked to upload the PDF as part of the application.
3. Sample Work (optional)
A sample work is not required. However if you would like to provide a trailer, scene selects or other work sample from the project you are applying with, or a sample from the director or producer's previous work, you can do that by providing us with a link where the sample work can be viewed online. There is a space in the application to provide a URL where the sample work can be viewed online. Please do not mail in DVDs or other material! DVDs will not be viewed or returned.
We recommend Vimeo.com for this service.
To upload and share your video to Vimeo, follow the steps below:
We strive to review all applications with 1 month of submission. However, due to the large number of application submissions received and the busy schedules of our staff and reviewers, this time frame is not guaranteed.
We are sometimes able to do rush reviews to meet specific funding related deadlines, however you should not count on this. Please budget our review process into the time-line when you are considering grant application deadlines. If you don't hear from us within one month of submitting your completed application, please give us a call for an update on the status of your application.
Reviewers may contact you directly with questions about your application. When a final decision has been reached about your application you will be contacted via email.