As a fiscally sponsored project of SDF you are entitled to make one disbursement request per month. SDF recommends that you request your balance from us prior to making the disbursement request. 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. 

Thanks for applying to the Southern Documentary Fund's Fiscal Sponsorship program!

This is the Out-Of-Cycle Application, designed for projects that need a quicker response than our quarterly deadlines.  Please note: In 2018, SDF will NOT be hosting a July deadline to review and refine our processes.  Because of this, out-of-cycle applicants may pay the regular $50 application fee instead of the $75 out-of-cycle application fee until July 16th, 2018.

Criteria for project selection include:

  • Relevance or merit of the subject matter 
  • Quality of the proposal 
  • Experience of key personnel 
  • Fundraising ability 
  • Whether the project meets the goals of SDF as stated in our mission statement
  • Distribution potential

Review the submission requirements and application here:

Fiscal sponsorship application consists of:

  • Application form 
  • Budget (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: