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Fiscal sponsorship increases funding opportunities for individual artists by allowing them to raise funds using SPACES’ tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3)-classified organization.

SPACES offers the following to the individual artists we fiscally sponsor:

  • Access to funding opportunities from foundations or corporate funders that are usually restricted to 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations.
  • The ability to offer individual donors the incentive of tax-deductible donations.
  • The ability to accept online donations from individuals.
  • Funds are disbursed only when you have project-related expenses, which means that income from the fiscal sponsorship is offset by deductible expenses. (We can't offer tax advice, but this structure may prevent you from owing taxes on the money you receive. But really: consult an accountant.)
  • Marketing opportunities through SPACES’ channels, in the form of 1 social media post and 1 blog post/year.
  • A complimentary artist level Season Pass membership that gives you access to professional development and networking opportunities, members-only events, and the ability to use SPACES’ art production areas.

Applications are considered on an ongoing basis and you will receive notice of the status of your application within 2 - 4 weeks of submission. We offer a limited number of fiscal sponsorships per year.

SPACES supports artist projects that are consistent with our IRS-approved charitable mission of serving as the resource and public forum for artists who explore and experiment. The term "project" is used very broadly, and may refer to a one-time project, a publication, or a festival or event.

Fiscal sponsorship is open to all Ohio-based artists with a U.S. Tax Identification Number (TIN). Applications are accepted for artist projects with a minimum budget of $5,000 (this money does not need to be committed before applying). Projects must be arts-related, have a public benefit, and not be produced solely for commercial gain. 


  • Award programs, grant programs, scholarship programs, or any other scenario in which you'll be re-granting the money you receive that is fiscally sponsored by us.
  • Commercial projects with the primary goal of making money.
  • Projects without a substantial artistic component.


  • SPACES’ fiscal sponsorship is structured as a grantor-grantee relationship. As a fiscal sponsor, SPACES assumes administrative and financial responsibility of the sponsored project, and maintains control over the use of project funds. You are expected to implement and operate the project as proposed, including fulfilling all funder requirements. 
  • SPACES does not judge your work's artistic quality or merit, but rather it judges your fiscal sponsorship application based on your ability to complete the project as you’ve described it in the application.
  • As a fiscally sponsored project, you are responsible for your own fundraising. Take some time to think about your development strategy, project identity and whom you’ll contact as potential sources of funding. All written solicitations ( i.e. requests for money) by our fiscally sponsored projects must be approved by SPACES before you send them out.


  • There is no fee to apply to SPACES’ fiscal sponsorship program.
  • 5% administrative fee for all monies received and distributed on behalf of the project, an additional 3.5% fee for individual donations to the artist’s project processed via credit card/online, and a $50 annual renewal fee.


  • As a fiscally sponsored project, you are responsible for your own fundraising. Take some time to think about your development strategy, project identity and whom you'll contact as potential sources of funding. 
  • All written solicitations (i.e. requests for money) must be approved by SPACES before you send them out.

Email for any questions you may have. Thank you. 


SPACES offers project-based support through The Urgent Art Fund to Cuyahoga County artists, in partnership with Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. This support may go toward production expenses and artist commission for the creation of “urgent art” that is socially, politically, or culturally responsive. By designating funds specifically for such projects taking place in the public realm, we can help artists immediately engage their community in dialogue with the most pressing issues.

In addition to financial support—in the amount of 5 grants of $5,000 distributed throughout 2020—SPACES will provide access to our on-site artist workshop that is outfitted with tools and equipment to facilitate the production process. SPACES staff will also assist grantees in securing a public exhibition or display space in Cuyahoga County. Grantees will receive an annual SPACES Season Pass membership, which gives them free access to networking and artist professional development opportunities throughout the year.

The Urgent Art Fund is open to artists, curators, and other kinds of cultural producers living in Cuyahoga County and who apply with projects that are based in the visual arts whom are 18+ years of age. We accept applications from creative professionals at all stages of their careers who engage in experimental practices with strong conceptual foundations. The projects for which The Urgent Art Fund is distributed must be created and displayed in Cuyahoga County. Artists who have confirmed exhibitions scheduled at SPACES in the future, SPACES staff (and relatives), SPACES board members (and relatives), and SPACES contractors (and relatives) may not apply to The Urgent Art Fund. Artists cannot apply for The Urgent Art Fund with a project that is funded by another CAC grant, however the artists themselves may be the beneficiary of a different CAC project.

Artists are required to submit the following materials:
·       Project title
·       Artist/curator statement
·       Project description

 ·       Artist Biography

 ·       Timeline
·       Budget 

Applications for the Urgent Art Fund will be accepted on a rolling basis until all 5 project support grants in 2020 have been awarded. Applicants may submit up to 3 times in a single year. SPACES will retain a 3-person panel to review all applications throughout 2020, consisting of an arts professional living and/or working in Cuyahoga County (and who will be ineligible to apply while serving on the panel), an arts professional of color living and/or working in Cuyahoga County, and an arts professional who lives and works outside of Cuyahoga County. Panelists will independently review each application within two weeks of submission, and will score the application based on the project’s feasibility, artistic quality, ability to create an exchange of ideas and perspectives, and alignment with the purpose of The Urgent Art Fund.

Question? Visit Urgent Art Fund FAQ
For additional questions, contact SPACES Artist Outreach Coordinator: