Receiving funding is one of the most challenging parts of independent filmmaking. Many foundations, corporations and governmental grant making organizations restrict funding of independent projects to tax-exempt organizations (aka not-for-profits or 501(c)(3) organizations).

IFP Chicago’s Fiscal Sponsorship program was created to assist members applying for these funding opportunities. Additionally, this arrangement enables individuals to take contributions to sponsored projects as charitable contribution deductions on Federal tax returns. Interested applicants should scroll down for more information.

IFP Chicago's Current Fiscally Sponsored Projects:

Cool: On Gwendolyn Brooks by Shahari Moore
Indie Soul Journeys by John Jointer
Like We Don’t Exist by Ansley Sawyer
Moving Parts by Emilie Upczak
Real Prayers Are Said In German by Ann Hagemann
Roy’s World by Rob Christopher
The Mistress by Marrissa Coccaro
Unapologetic by Ashley Mills

Click Here to View Our Past Fiscally Sponsored Projects

Interested in Applying for Fiscal Sponsorship?

To participate in IFP Chicago’s Fiscal Sponsorship program, you must be a current member of IFP Chicago.

Not yet a member or need to renew? Click here.

Click here to download our current application. 

Please allow 72 hours to process your membership order.

Submitting an application does not guarantee fiscal sponsorship. The Fiscal Sponsorship Committee takes between four to six weeks to review an applicaiton.

Additional Information:

Projects accepted into IFP Chicago’s Fiscal Sponsorship program must first submit a completed application that will be reviewed by an unbiased work group comprised of members of the IFP Chicago Board of Directors. Any Board Member who has a pre-established relationship or bias towards an applicant will excuse himself or herself from the review committee. Applicants should be upfront and list any relationships to current IFP Chicago Board Members in the application.

Accepted projects are considered to be inline with furthering IFP Chicago’s Mission. 

The Fiscal Sponsorship program is open to current IFP Chicago members only. Members must be in good standing with IFP Chicago throughout the length of the sponsorship agreement.

Administrative Fees:

Projects in the Fiscal Sponsorship Program are subject to the following administrative fee structure:

Most individual donations and grants: 5%

Grantors that require IFP/Chicago to administer and report on the grant: 6%

All Credit Card transactions: 6%

Please also note that filmmakers are responsible for any other applicable fees from third party services including, but not limited to bank charges, PayPal fees, and crowd-funding sites. 

IFP Chicago assumes no responsibility for the completion of the film, or the guarantee of such. The acceptance of funds is not contingent on this, and our administrative fees will be applied to any funds that we process, regardless of whether the film is completed. Remember, IFP Chicago does not fund your film, or assist in the fundraising for your project. We are here to facilitate contributions so that you and your donors can benefit from our fiscal sponsorship program!

Questions? Email us.


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