Fractured Atlas Staff Review Requirement
All grant proposals and letters of inquiry (LOIs) must be reviewed and approved by a Fractured Atlas staff member prior to submission to the funder. If a grant application requires 501(c)(3) status or fiscal sponsorship, it will likely require Fractured Atlas' EIN, IRS Determination Letter, 990, etc. Only once we've signed off on your proposal will we be able to issue any materials required from Fractured Atlas by the funder. Projects are prohibited from using Fractured Atlas EIN or other materials without our permission.
In order to give us time to review your materials and gather the information required of the fiscal sponsor, we ask for 10 business days to review all grant applications. We are pleased to offer Grant Review Rush Services if your needs require a faster response time.
Make sure that you have met Fractured Atlas's grant eligibility requirement before seeking grant funding.
When you have identified an appropriate source, you should complete the Grant Application Review form so that we can begin the review process:
- First, log into www.fracturedatlas.org and click Fiscal Sponsorship
- Then, click "Grant Applications" under the Donations Section
- Next, click "Apply for a Grant"
In the form, we ask that you provide the following:
- For online applications, provide the link to the portal and your login credentials.
- List and upload all documents to be reviewed by Fractured Atlas (ie a grant narrative, budget, team biographies, etc.
- List all documents and information required from Fractured Atlas (ie Fractured Atlas’s IRS Determination Letter, 990, Audit, Bank Information, etc.)
- Processing Speed: If you need to take advantage of our rush services, please mark it at the bottom of the form and we will do our best to prioritize your request.
We need to have this information on hand because, in many cases, we are the applicant of record and must be prepared to answer any questions if contacted by the funder about your proposal.
We aim to make LOIs and grant application approvals as easy as possible by providing standard text to use in your LOIs and grant applications. You may include it in your cover letter or within the narrative wherever you think appropriate, but it needs to appear somewhere in your LOI or application. Here’s the text to use for Foundations, Corporations, and Government Agencies:
[PROJECT NAME] is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Fractured Atlas will receive grants for the charitable purposes of [PROJECT NAME], provide oversight to ensure that grant funds are used in accordance with grant agreements, and provide reports as required by the grantor. Contributions for the charitable purposes of [PROJECT NAME] must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.”
Note: If the funder has a cap on the administrative fee received by a fiscal sponsor that is lower than 8%, please contact Fractured Atlas to discuss the best path forward.
Once we have reviewed everything and you have made any necessary changes, we will upload the documents required from Fractured Atlas to the Grant portal or directly to the application. These materials could include any or all of the following:
- Endorsement letter – this certifies that you are fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas and provides our contact information in case the funder needs to get in touch with our staff for any reason.
- IRS determination letter – this is what confirms that Fractured Atlas is a nonprofit organization and is typically required for grant applications.
- Audited financial statement
- Form 990 - the tax document that nonprofits file with the IRS
- Info about our board of directors
- Organization budget