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Sponsored Projects

A still from "Bravo, Burkina!" shows a Black person running across a desert landscape.

Our Sponsored Projects program provides a supportive infrastructure through fiscal sponsorship to projects working at the intersection of art and social justice.

This program is inspired by our peers at Allied Media Projects.

Fiscal sponsorship is a legal relationship through which a 501(c)3 public charitable organization sponsors an individual or group that requires the benefits of the tax-exempt and legal status of the sponsoring organization to realize a project. Artists often need this tax-exempt status to apply for grants (since most foundations require it to distribute funding) or to fundraise from individuals who prefer to be able to claim their financial contributions as deductions on their taxes.

BlackStar offers grant-specific sponsorship. The details and requirements to be eligible for consideration for sponsorship are listed below. Overall, all projects sponsored by BlackStar must be artist-driven projects by an individual, team or collective. You are not required to have a LLC, sole proprietorship or any other type of incorporation. The project must align with BlackStar’s mission, vision and values. Interested projects must apply to be accepted as a sponsored project. A committee of BlackStar’s board of directors will review applications to assess the project’s alignment with our mission as well as to maintain a manageable total count of projects for our staff to be able to support. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We ask that artists apply at least two months prior to their need to ensure enough time for our process.

Grant Specific Sponsorship

Our grant specific fiscal sponsorship offers funding specific support to artist-led projects by an individual, team or collective. BlackStar accepts grants and tax-exempt donations on behalf of the project and then distributes those funds to the project. The individual, team or collective is responsible for their own accounting and bookkeeping for those funds. We do not assume any legal or fiduciary responsibility for the project.

• Receiving contributed funds
• Disbursing contributed funds to the project
• Annual distribution of donor tax letters

This sponsorship does not offer tax-deductible status for external contributions through a crowdfunding platform or fundraising events.

The fee for grant specific fiscal sponsorship is 5% of your grant or gift amounts.

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