The deadline for submitting new projects comes once per quarter: January 15, April 15, July 15, and October 15. All submissions must be received by midnight on the deadline date. Late submissions will not be considered.
Criteria for project selection include:  October Deadline is October 30, 2020


  • Project Director(s) fundraising throughout the duration of being fiscal sponsored.
  • Feasibility of the project (budget, financing, schedule, and scope).
  • The project should meet the goals of SDF as stated in our mission and values.
  • Well written and well-researched proposals
  • Potential to reach its intended audience.

 Please contact us if your need for sponsorship is urgent and falls outside of these set deadlines.

A completed Fiscal Sponsorship application consists of:


  • Completed application form (via Submittable)
  • Budget (uploaded as .pdf attachment) 
  • Work Sample 
  • Application Fee

   You may pay the Application Fee via Paypal:
IMPORTANT: If we have not received your Application Fee by the time the panel convenes, we will be unable to review your application.  Please email us if you have questions:

As a fiscally sponsored project of SDF you are entitled to make one disbursement request per month. Your funds will be available for disbursement two weeks from the SDF deposit date.


1.     Fill out the disbursement form here at Submittable.

2.    If it’s your first request make sure to submit a W9 with the request. 

Disbursement checks must be made payable to an LLC or business checking account. For folks who don’t have an LLC you’ll need to make sure you have a business checking account set up in the name of the project with your bank prior to making a disbursement request. SDF cannot write checks to individual project directors. We also don’t pay your vendors directly.

3.     Submit the proper reporting:

Anticipated Expenses – Each time you make a disbursement request you must submit an outline of what the funds will be used for. 

Previous Expenses – You must also report on the actual expenses paid for with your previous disbursement funds. Examples of this reporting are a Quickbooks P&L for the specific date range that covers the expenses incurred. 

We need a report on previous expenses with the following detail:

Payee name

Check number and date

Purpose/description of the service/expense and budget category

Is there a balance forward? For example, you previously received a disbursement for $5,000 but only have expenses so far totaling $4,000. You will need to note a balance forward on your report and include actual reporting on that remaining $1,000 balance with your next disbursement.

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