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Fiscal Sponsorship


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: 

"Our mission is to support the creative economy through the arts by providing essential resources, by fostering partnerships, and by promoting Portland's artistic talents and cultural assets. As the official nonprofit arts agency, we support economic development efforts by strengthening and stimulating our workforce, creative industries, and enterprises."

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. 

To apply for a fiscal sponsorship, email

  • 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.
  • Black Owned Maine: An online directory for independent, Black-owned businesses in Maine, including visual artists, performing artists, makers and artisans.
  • Black Youth Fund: An emerging project to create a support system for Black Youth in Portland, Maine. 
  • Factory 3: is a makerspace that offers Portland's creative community access to Woodshop and Metal shop equipment and tools, Personal Work/ Studio spaces, and a variety of Experimental and Professional Classes. It is our mission to support and sustain the imagination that drives both creative and entrepreneurial passions. Our makerspace is a hub for novices and specialists ready to actively pursue new skills, unleash their creative potential, and connect with a broad network of makers.
  • Freedom & Captivity: A coalition of arts institutions, community organizations, support groups for incarcerated and previously incarcerated people, criminal justice reform experts, and scholars who work together to offer a roster of collaborative, creative, coordinated events, lectures, exhibitions, performances, and workshops taught at Maine colleges during Fall 2021 about incarceration and decarceration in Maine. 
  • Gulf of Maine Eco Arts The project is constructed to operate and evolve like a collaborative work of art. Via communication, hands on art work, events and education Gulf of Maine Eco Arts (GMEA) promotes awareness of the climate crisis, encourages stewardship and action, affects change. Climate justice cannot be realized unless biodiversity problems are seriously faced and addressed.
  • Maine Immigrant Music Connection: Aims to build community with recent immigrants through music.
  • Maine Music Alliance: Aims to increase awareness and support the sustainability of the extraordinary live music venues of Portland Maine while highlighting the tremendous impact they have on our local economy
  • Maine Production Safety: is working to create COVID-19 workplace safety guidelines for film and media productions in the State of Maine.
  • Maine Tool Library: A volunteer-run tool lending library in Portland, Maine, serving makers, artists, homeowners, creatives, and entrepreneurs, located at 224 Anderson Street. 
  • 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. 
  • Polyphonic Theater Ensemble: the mission of Polyphonic is to encourage inclusivity and accessibility by showcasing diverse voices and sensibilities on stage. 
  • 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. From October 10 - November 11, 2018, Portland Dance Month audiences will have the opportunity to see 18 performances in 6 different venues, and attend 6 workshops for dancers and artists. 
  • SPEEDWELL projectsAn artist-run studio and gallery dedicated to launching thought provoking exhibitions in all media, including site-specific installations, public art, spoken word, and performance.
  • Batimbo United: An ensemble of master drummers from Burundi who have been recognized with a humanitarian award from UNESCO.
  • Fork Food Lab: A membership organization and community kitchen collective. Creative Portland partnered with Fork Food Lab on the first Portland Food Launch and Festival at Thompson’s Point Brick South Building, an exciting new events, trade show, concert venue and conference space facility.
  • Indigo Arts Alliance: An innovative hybrid studio space to amplify the creative voices, artistic vision, and practice of artists of color in Maine.
  • Maine Youth Rock Orchestra (MYRO): An ensemble of classically trained young musicians performing modern arrangements on tour and as accompaniment for national acts. They have since become an official 501(c)(3).
  • Portland Mural Initiative: A project aiming to bring contemporary art into the public spaces of Portland and its surrounding areas. They work with emerging and established artists that have a strong connection to Maine to create innovative murals and architectural interventions. 
  • Re-Past: Remembering Malaga: A site-specific memorial to be held on Malaga Island. The collaborative performance will engage the public-at-large to remember those who were evicted from the island on July 1, 1912, because they were black and mixed-race.
  • Robot Speak: A multi-media exhibition and art installation spearheaded by artist Eva Goetz. 
  • Rocco Trio: A three-movement piano trio composition by Rocco Havelaar, a Portland composer of contemporary classical music. The piece will most likely premier in summer 2018 or 2019.
  • Startup Maine: A three-day conference of cutting-edge content, applied learning, and collaborative connections. welcoming both startups and creators from Maine and beyond. They have since become an official 501(c)3
  • Your Art Partner’s Temp to Perm Public Arts Conference, a one day public art conference and workshop forum.



*please note the fiscal sponsee for which your donation is intended