AFMI's Fiscal Sponsorship Program

AFMI’s Fiscal Sponsorship Program

AFMI’s Fiscal Sponsorship Program is an initiative designed to support Arab and Arab-American filmmakers and film projects that advance AFMI’s mission. Fiscally sponsored projects will be able to solicit funds from government, foundations, individuals, and other philanthropic sources without needing to obtain their own 501(c)(3) status. AFMI will, in turn, provide financial-reporting support and more to filmmakers whose projects are accepted.

The application for fiscal sponsorship is free and open year-round.

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Fiscal Sponsorship Guidelines

To be considered for Fiscal Sponsorship projects must be consistent with the AFMI’s charitable purposes, be creative, artistic and/or educational.

AFMI sponsors:

  • Documentary feature & short films and other works of nonfiction
  • Narrative feature & short films and other narrative works
  • Transmedia/multi-media projects with film/video as a primary component of the work
  • Film related events such as film festivals or screening series

Eligibility

  • Project must be consistent with the AFMI’s charitable purposes, be educational and not a “work for hire.”
  • The applicant must be a producer and/or director of the project.
  • The project may be in any stage of development, production and or post production or distribution.
  • Projects must be seeking donations in the form of grants from public agencies, foundations, corporations, or individual donors including fundraising benefits.

Fees

  • It is free to apply
  • There will be an 8% admin fee on funds raised.
  • Online donations incur a credit card processing fee of 2.9% plus $0.30 for each transaction
  • Please note that on federal government grants (i.e. NEH, NSF, or any entity that requires that we submit on the applicant’s behalf), there will be 10% admin fee.

Processing Donations
All funds collected by AFMI will be remitted to project director as follows:

  • Grantee must submit written requests. Payouts will be made at the close of each month
  • Please note that on federal government grants (i.e. NEH, NSF, or any entity that requires that we submit on the applicant’s behalf), a there will be 10% admin fee
  • Copies of checks and any other donation documentation will be emailed to project director so that donors can be contacted directly with Thank You notes
  • For donations over $250 AFMI will send the donor a thank you letter stating a tax deductible donation was received
  • Twice a year filmmakers must submit a status reports making AFMI aware of how the project is progressing. These reports must be submitted and up to date to keep fiscal sponsorship active
  • At the end of the year you will receive a 1099 for all monies paid to you

Fiscal Sponsorship Agreement
When a project is approved for Fiscal Sponsorship, the filmmaker will enter into a signed agreement that stipulates that the filmmaker must:

  • Keep track of all expenses connected with the project
  • Spend donated funds on project expenses only
  • Complete and return a project report every six months
  • Spend funds administered to you through the AFMI only for the project and in accordance with the budget approved by the Arab Film and Media Institute
  • Comply with restrictions and requirements imposed on AFMI by donors and with government requirements regarding information and required reports
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