Eligibility, Fees, & Process

If you’re interested in taking the next step and applying to our fiscal sponsorship program, please review the below details.

Have questions?

Reach out to our fiscal sponsorship manager.

Sarah Alfaham

Fiscal Sponsorship Criteria

  • Statement of Intent aligns with Propel Nonprofits mission, vision, and values
  • Experience or connection to the community you plan to serve and partner with
  • Market analysis to ensure no one else is already doing this work
  • You’ve dipped your toes in the water and have already taken some action
  • Located in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, or within a Native nation sharing this geography, although programming can occur outside of those states
  • Will apply funds raised toward nonprofit purposes with a clear charitable mission
  • Willing to incorporate or have an unincorporated association agreement and secure an EIN
  • Has a plan, or is working on one, to achieve financial viability and programmatic success

Projects engaged in the following activities are ineligible for sponsorship

  • Designed primarily to benefit an individual or business (non-charitable)
  • International activities involving financial transactions
  • Raising funds through charitable gambling
  • Mental health care, medical services, personal care, or childcare as a core service
  • Those that require exceptional governmental oversight and licensing
  • Organizations that have already received their 501(c)(3) status


Application fee: A non-refundable fee of $100 is due at the time of application.

Setup fee: Upon acceptance, a project pays a $300 one-time setup fee to offset costs of the onboarding process.

Ongoing fees: Our administrative fee is 7% of charitable funds received by the project (we do not accept any non-charitable funds) and $100 annual renewal fee. These fund management fees cover management of accounts receivable (receiving and processing donations, including sending donor tax-receipts); a monthly fund balance report; grants management; and support from experienced Propel Nonprofits staff including one-on-one consulting, access to free and discounted trainings, and guidance as you set your strategy and long-term goals.

Process for Becoming a Sponsored Project

Step 1: Review the eligibility guidelines above. If you meet the criteria, move on to Step 2.

Step 2: Tell us about your project! Please complete our online inquiry form.

Step 3: Once you have filled out the inquiry form, we will reach out to set up a 20-30 minute phone conversation to learn more about your project and assess whether it will be a good fit for our fiscal sponsorship program.

Step 4: If we determine that your project is a good match, we’ll email you the full application. We will evaluate each submission based on your finances, marketing plan, and current operational structure. We want to see that you have a plan for these areas, even if you don’t have them fully developed yet.

Step 5: Applications are reviewed by a committee on a quarterly basis: January, April, July, and October. To have your application reviewed in the next round, make sure that you submit your application by the second Friday of the month prior. For example, to have your project reviewed during the April meeting, the application will be due March 13.

Ready to Apply?

After reviewing the eligibility requirements, fees, and process, fill out our online inquiry form. We'll follow up with you once we've received it.

Online Inquiry Form