When you join IFP Chicago's diverse membership, you qualify to apply to our Fiscal Sponsorship Program.
Receiving funding is one of the most challenging parts of independent filmmaking. Many foundations, corporations and governmental grant making organizations restrict funding of independent projects to tax-exempt organizations (aka not-for-profits or 501c3 organizations).
IFP Chicago’s Fiscal Sponsorship program was created to assist members applying for these funding opportunities. Additionally, this arrangement enables individuals to take contributions to sponsored projects as charitable contribution deductions on Federal tax returns.
Your project can be anywhere from pre to post production when you apply. Not only do we help you with funding, but we also help mobilize your project through our marketing and social media campaign. There are two easy steps. First, become an IFP Chicago member and start taking advantage of the full spectrum of IFP Chicago member benefits! Second, apply to our fiscal sponsorship program. High five! You're on your way!
We are always here to answer questions, so just contact us!
Here's what two of our current fiscally sponsored projects have to say:
Emily Strong, producer
"IFP Chicago plays an integral role in championing the independent filmmaker in the city. I am grateful to be a beneficiary of the commitment they have to creating a vibrant community and to be gaining skills and invaluable knowledge through the Master Series, workshops, and networking events that directly impact my evolution as an artist. Their fiscal sponsorship program was essential to the production of my first short documentary film, KEEP MOVING FORWARD."
"Membership in IFP has helped me and my projects in so many ways. The larger community of IFP members and supporters continues to intersect with my own organization's efforts, and I'm so thankful to have such a vibrant independent filmmaking organization in Chicago. IFP's fiscal sponsorship and support for Signature Move's Indiegogo campaign (we raised over $30,000!) was tremendous, and that support has continued beyond the formal crowdfunding campaign."