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Fundraise for Your Film Through NYWIFT’s Fiscal Sponsorship Program

Are you fundraising for your film? Looking to apply for a special grant that requires government non-profit status, or perhaps you want to offer your donors a tax deductible option? Then fiscal sponsorship may be right for you.

Access to NYWIFT’s fiscal sponsorship program is one of the exclusive benefits available to you as part of NYWIFT membership.

New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) accepts tax-deductible contributions for nonprofit film and video projects produced by our members. The primary requirement from projects sponsored through NYWIFT’s fiscal sponsorship program is that they must have a creative, educational or charitable purpose. Fiscally sponsored projects must be noncommercial. In addition, you must be a member of NYWIFT in order to qualify. (If you’re not a member yet, you can join at any time.)

Who Do We support?

NYWIFT is currently providing fiscal sponsorship to a wide variety of wonderful member produced and/or directed projects.

See our current slate of projects

What is Fiscal Sponsorship?

NYWIFT’s fiscal sponsorship allows filmmakers to access foundation and government grant funding that may only be accessible to nonprofit organizations or fiscally sponsored projects. It also provides the incentive to donors that their contribution to the project is a charitable deduction for income tax purposes.

This program does not fund film projects. Instead, NYWIFT acts as a nonprofit umbrella organization for filmmakers and videomakers who are seeking to raise funds and require nonprofit status to do so. Funds raised by project directors is directed to NYWIFT who administers and disburses those funds back to project directors.

There is no application fee. NYWIFT takes an administrative fee of 7% for the first $100,000 raised and 5% for any funds over $100,000.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. There is no deadline.

Submit a one or two-page project proposal or treatment, a budget and the bios of key personnel. Please designate a single project manager who will be responsible for requesting funds and reporting to NYWIFT. Email your proposal to Please write Fiscal Sponsorship in the subject line of your email. Your application will be reviewed within two – three weeks. If your application is accepted, you will be sent a contract within two to three weeks.

See details + frequently asked questions

Contact Easmanie Michel at to apply now. 

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