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Readiness Evaluation

Here is a checklist of considerations you'll want to review before you enter into a fiscal sponsorship relationship.


I have an artist’s statement or mission statement for my project.
This should be short and sweet – not more than 3 sentences. Who are you? What do you do? Why do you do it?


I have identified possible income that requires a fiscal sponsor.
Common sources include:
Individual donations
In-kind donations (donations of goods – supplies, tools, equipment, silent auction items, etc.)


My project has a budget.
A list of tips to creating a good budget is here.
You can download a simplified budget template here.


My project has a reasonable timeline.
The grant process often takes several months – if you plan to seek grant funding, be aware of the funder’s deadlines and timetables for decisions, disbursements, and reporting requirements.


I know what my business structure is.
Some examples are:
Sole proprietorship/individual artist
Nonprofit incorporation
Nonprofit project affiliated with a different company


I have a separate bank account for my arts business/organization.
While this is not strictly necessary, it is highly, highly recommended to help keep track of your project’s income and expenses.


I have a bookkeeping system.
This does not have to be fancy – a spreadsheet, a check register, and a separate account are good places to start.

editIncubator Eligibility Questionnaire

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Eligibility Questionnaire

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