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What is Fiscal Sponsorship?
Eligibility Requirements
Benefits of WMM Fiscal Sponsorship
Deadline and Notification

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Fiscal Sponsorship is the largest component of the Production Assistance Program. Fiscal Sponsorship is designed for women filmmakers who are actively fundraising for their film or video project and need 501(c)(3) non-profit tax-exempt status.

What is Fiscal Sponsorship?

Fiscal Sponsorship allows your project to apply for funding from organizations that require non-profit status. Non-profit tax-exempt status is required by many foundations, corporations and government agencies in order to be eligible for funding since many do not accept application proposals from individuals. Additionally, 501(c)(3) status allows you to receive charitable deductible contributions from individuals—a major incentive for individuals considering making a donation to your project.

As your fiscal sponsor, Women Make Movies acts as a non-profit tax-exempt umbrella organization that accepts and administers contributions made to your project.  WMM is legally responsible for the funds received on behalf of fiscally sponsored projects and must insure that the funds are used for charitable activities, as agreed upon between the donor and recipient, and that the donor reporting requirements are met in a timely fashion. It does not mean that we are your producers, fundraisers, or in any way connected to the content or actual production of your project. All artistic and proprietary rights, title, interest in and to the completed project will belong to the Project Director and may be copyrighted in Project Director's name.

Fiscal sponsorship does not provide grants or do research for individual project funding. Fiscal Sponsorship with WMM is also not a guarantee of Distribution. If your project fits our mission (specifically, it is about women or women’s issues), you may certainly submit your film for Distribution consideration at the appropriate time. For further information, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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Eligibility Requirements

Projects are accepted into the Fiscal Sponsorship program only after passing through a review process. In order to be eligible, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Your project must be a film, video or multimedia project.
  • The project director (or co-director) must be a woman.
  • You must be based in the US to apply.  Internationally-based filmmakers may apply by invitation only.  If you are an internationally-based filmmaker and would like to inquire about receiving an invitation to apply, please email us a brief description of your project at fsprogram@wmm.com.

The project proposal should reflect your ability to develop a quality project proposal and your expertise in identifying funding sources. Although your film may be on any topic, the film must not reflect values that are racist or sexist. 

If your project is eligible, you will need to submit an application package. Submissions are taken on a rolling basis. Details of what you need to include in your application package can be found on the Fiscal Sponsorship Application.

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Benefits of WMM Fiscal Sponsorship

In addition to providing an affiliation with a reputable organization in the film/video industry, Fiscal Sponsorship with Women Make Movies offers the following benefits:

  • Individualized Fundraising and on-going Project Consultations
  • Online Resources Available through our password protected website. Includes contact list of fundraising sources and sample proposals, grant resource materials and production information.
  • Project Listing on Women Make Movies’ website offering your donors the option of making online donations via our secure server.
  • Networking Opportunities with other women media makers
  • Discounts with industry vendors
  • Workshop/Webinar Discounts
  • Scheduled use of Women Make Movies’ Conference Room
  • Access to in-house screening room for viewing WMM titles and free distribution catalog

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Deadline and Notification

Fiscal sponsorship applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Due to the rolling nature of our submission process, we cannot guarantee a specific timeline for decisions. The committee will meet periodically to evaluate applications. However, if your application is time sensitive, please notify the production assistance staff by email at fsprogram@wmm.com. All applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision either way via email.

Still have a question? Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions.

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