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Fiscal Sponsorship

What We Offer

Are you looking for a simple fiscal sponsorship solution? Shunpike provides basic fiscal sponsorship to arts groups or projects that need the benefits of 501(c)(3) status, but are comfortable doing their own accounting, tax reporting and procuring their own licenses and permits.


Shunpike fiscally sponsors a broad array of arts groups and projects that are:

  • Community-minded
  • Working in a nonprofit business model
  • In line with our mission to fuel innovation in the arts
  • Current members of Shunpike
  • Based in Washington state

How to Apply

First, become a member of Shunpike to gain access to resources that will strengthen your project or group. Group Membership is required of all fiscal sponsorship applicants.

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Once your Shunpike Group Membership is in place, a Shunpike staffer will send you copies of our Fiscal Sponsorship Application Forms. The application asks for information on your project or group, along with your financial and fundraising goals.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact a Shunpike staffer. While we are selective, we want you to submit the best application you can. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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Application Timeline

Shunpike’s next application deadline will in the Summer of 2014 (to be announced).

You will hear about the status of your application by the end of the month in which you apply.

Program Fees

  • All fiscally sponsored groups maintain Shunpike Group membership, which has a $50 annual fee
  • A one-time $50 Basic Fiscal Sponsorship registration fee, paid as your application is approved
  • An administrative fee of 7% will be assessed on all revenues and contributions received for your Shunpike fund
Looking for the Next Level of Support?

In our Partner Artist program, we provide arts groups with comprehensive back-office services and support – in addition to fiscal sponsorship.

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See Who Else We’re Helping

Fiscal sponsorship is a great choice for many emerging arts organizations and projects.

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