We appreciate your patience through this process, and we look forward to notifying each of you about your application's status very soon. All shortlisted projects will have an opportunity to submit an updated work sample and 1-2 paragraphs sharing any significant updates to their applications.

All the best,

Hello Maker!

We very much appreciate your patience with our delay in responding to your application, which was due to a transition in leadership. We really look forward to informing all applicants of their status in late November. 

Thank you again,

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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