Creative Portland Fiscal Sponsorships

Supporting creative individuals, enterprises, and initiatives

One of the important ways Creative Portland serves the creative community is as the fiscal sponsor for creative individuals, enterprises, and initiatives that require a 501(c)(3) organization to accept donations and to apply for grants as long as they align with our mission.

As a fiscal sponsor, Creative Portland receives funds on behalf of our sponsee and then we disburse those funds to the sponsee in a timely manner, less a small service fee to cover our administration expenses. This fee is typically 5% but may be higher on a case-by-case basis if the amount of time and resources needed to manage the relationship is more than initially expected. The sponsee must also agree to discuss in advance with Creative Portland the pursuit of any government funds or previously targeted sponsors/foundations that might be a possible conflict with one of our current grant applications or fundraising initiatives.

When making your donation, you will be prompted to select the beneficiary of your gift in the second form, directly below your contact information.


Batimbo United: An ensemble of master drummers from Burundi who have been recognized with a humanitarian award from UNESCO.

Black Artists Forum: A coalition dedicated to maintaining the growth of individual creators and the community of black artists in Maine by creating visibility for artistic diversity while making cultural resources and opportunities accessible to the creative community.

Indigo Arts Alliance: An innovative hybrid studio space to amplify the creative voices, artistic vision, and practice of artists of color in Maine.

Maine Immigrant Musical Instrument Project: A initiative to provide guitars, piano keyboards, and other instruments for recent immigrants with a special emphasis on people seeking asylum who do not yet have work authorization, and to offer free group guitar lessons, basic guitar repair help, networking, English language practice, performance opportunities (including The International Open Mic), and fellowship.

PechaKucha (Portland): A global storytelling presentation, originating in Japan, in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each in a precise and fast-paced event with multiple speakers. A community-building program that has been active in Portland for 10 years.

Portland Dance Month: PDM is an opportunity for local arts organizations to strengthen relationships, expand public engagement, and get audiences excited about seeing more performances in multiple venues throughout the city.

SPEEDWELL projects: A not for profit artist-run studio and gallery dedicated to launching thought provoking exhibitions in all media, including site-specific installations, public art, spoken word, and performance.

Startup Maine: A three-day conference of cutting-edge content, applied learning, and collaborative connections. welcoming both startups and creators from Maine and beyond.

To apply for a fiscal sponsorship, email Program Assistant Emily Southard at

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