Fiscal Sponsorship

For almost 30 years IDA's fiscal sponsorship program has been helping independent documentary projects of all types get funded, finished and seen. Our fiscal sponsorship program is open to independent filmmakers and documentarians, regardless of education, background or previous credits. Whether this is your first film, if you've been making documentaries as long as we've been sponsoring them, or if you have an idea and a plan, we can help.



What is Fiscal Sponsorship?

Fiscal sponsorship is a formal arrangement in which a 501(c)(3) public charity, such as the IDA, agrees to sponsor a project that furthers our mission, for the purpose of fundraising through grants and donations. This alternative to starting your own nonprofit allows you to seek grants and solicit tax-deductible donations for your documentary, with the oversight, support, and endorsement of one of the most long-standing and trusted charities in the field.

Why IDA?

IDA knows documentary. It's all we do.

The IDA is dedicated to building and serving the needs of a thriving documentary culture. Since 1998, our fiscal sponsorship program has been directly accomplishing this mission by helping hundreds of independent documentaries which may otherwise have been unable to secure funding, get funded and finished!

Last year, we administered over 7 million dollars in donations and grants to our sponsored projects. We work with films in all stages of production, including supporting filmmakers through the crucial phases of distribution and outreach.

Our fiscally sponsored projects have access to full-time program and accounting staff with expertise in fiscal sponsorship and many years of experience in the field. We also have experienced legal and accounting advisers should we need to call on them. We have the infrastructure and expertise to take on projects of any size, and importantly, our policies and procedures are specifically designed to be filmmaker friendly and responsive to the timelines of production schedules. 

As Fiscal Sponsors on your project, IDA will not take any ownership of your work, nor will we infringe on your creative control, copyright, or prevent you from future sales or profit from your project. IDA seeks to be as non-intrusive and supportive as possible in monitoring projects. The main thing we do is to assure that the money you raise is being properly disbursed and used for the project as intended.

If you have questions about fiscal sponsorship with IDA, don't hesitate to contact us at