Fiscal Sponsorship

NIFP members are invited to apply for non-profit fiscal sponsorship of film and video projects by joining at the Professional Membership level.

The Application Form can be found HERE. Please review the information below before beginning the application process.

NOTE: NIFP charges a fiscal agent fee of five percent (5%) for any money granted through the organization to sponsored projects.

Project Eligibility: Film or video projects must non-commercial in nature, and must be imaginative contributions to the film and video art form. Example: (non-commercial: any project not being undertaken by a producer for a third party that has agreed to pay the producer for their services. Television advertising, industrial videos, training programs, sales videos and other such projects are not eligible for sponsorship.)

Applicant Eligibility: The applicant must be a member of Nebraska Independent Film Projects, Inc. The applicant must retain creative control of the proposed production and must own the copyright to the program. Projects proposed as part of a class or course of study are not eligible for sponsorship.

Review Process: A selection committee will review applications and sample works and recommend sponsorship for projects based on project goals, feasibility and the demonstrated abilities of the production team to produce a successful project.

Nature of Support: NIFP will not award grants to applicants. Rather, NIFP will serve as a tax-exempt sponsor of film/video grant applications and as a fiscal intermediary for projects awarded funding.

Application Procedures: Applicants will provide all of the material listed below. Please include all of the information requested. Incomplete of illegible proposals will not be considered. A completed submission must complete the entire webpage, and optionally include five (5) unbound copies of the elements listed below, collated on 8 1/2 by 11” paper.

Application Form: Complete the entire NIFP Fiscal Sponsorship Program application form. The application form can be found here. Paper and PDF copies are optional.

Project Description: The Project Description should be a concise and thorough description of the project no longer than five thousand words (5000) in length. It should clearly describe why the proposed project deserves to be produced and what it will “look like” in its completed form. The resumes of principal production staff and participants must be included. The project description should include the following:

a) A synopsis if the proposed project that walks the selection committee through the project as it will be presented. If necessary, provide background information in explaining the content if your proposed work;

b) A description of the proposed approach to the film/video production, including stylistic or technical aspects of the production and any distinctive aesthetic of the project;

c) A description of the intended audience for your film/video and your plans for distribution;

d) Indicate the current status of the work being proposed as well as the completion timeline of the project;

e) Indicate who you plan to approach about funding.

Proposed Budget: A summarized project budget should break down project costs by areas of pre-production, production, and post-production. It should contain a summary of salaries, fees, supplies, rental costs, music beds, narration, travel, etc. This breakdown should include unit pricing as well as grand totals. It should list any expenditures already incurred on the film/video a well as name any in-kind contributions secured of anticipated.

Sample of Work: A sample of previously completed work should accompany your application. Streaming URLs are preferred. If this is your first project, indicate that in the Sample Works Title field. Your application will not be penalized.

References: The applicant must submit the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of two professional references.

Compete and submit the form HERE.

NOTE: NIFP charges a fiscal agent fee of five percent (5%) for any money granted through the organization to sponsored projects.