Nomadic Press is a 501(c)(3) literary and arts non-profit organization with bases in Oakland, CA, and Brooklyn, NY. At this time, our fiscal sponsorship program is open to independent artists and emerging arts organizations in Oakland, California, working in any artistic discipline. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and approved monthly. 

PLEASE NOTE: Please only approach Nomadic Press with a particular grant or funding source in mind. As a small arts and literature non-profit, we do not at this time have the resources to research grants or funding sources for individuals or emerging arts organizations.  

To apply to be fiscally sponsored by Nomadic Press for the purposes of applying for grants or other sources of funding requiring fiscal sponsorship, please complete the following basic steps:

  • Carefully read all of the requirements below and follow the instructions for assembling a project narrative and budget.
  • Review the sample fiscal sponsorship agreement linked at the bottom of this page
  • Attach and email your completed project narrative and budget to


  • The applicant (Project Director) must be 18 years of age or older.
  • The project must be literature or arts related, and the majority of the project must take place in Oakland, California.  
  • The project must not be able to be construed as propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, or supporting the participation in, or intervention in (including the publication or distribution of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office. Basically, any project that may be deemed potentially threatening to our organization's tax-exempt status will not be considered. 
  • The applicant must have a US Taxpayer ID number. Please also be aware that funds released to non-US residents may be subject to mandatory withholding by the US Government. Please contact us before you apply to discuss your situation. 

Review Criteria

The Nomadic Press team will review applications and accompanying materials. Some of the questions that we will use in evaluating proposals include:

  • Do the Project Director and the project presented meet program eligibility requirements?
  • Does the project narrative tell a compelling story?
  • Does the project narrative identify an Oakland-based audience and a realistic plan for reaching and engaging that audience? 
  • Does the proposal have a realistic and well-thought-out fundraising strategy and a reasonable chance of raising sufficient funds to complete the project as described?
  • Is the budget realistic? 


Please send PDFs of your project narrative and budget to 

1. Project Narrative

Save the project narrative as a single PDF.  Your project narrative should have a cover sheet with the title of your project and contact information for the primary Project Director. All pages should be numbered. Please type your answers to the following questions:

  • In three-to-four sentences, please communicate what your project consists of. 
  • Why is this project important?
  • What communit(y/ies) does this project serve, and why is it important to these communities? 
  • Status and timeline (no more than 5 sentences + timeline): provide a brief summary of the status of the project and a general timeline for the lifetime of the project. 
  • Bios and photos of key personnel and advisers: provide a 1-2 paragraph bio and high-res photo for each of the key personnel involved with the project. 

2. Budget

Save the budget as a single PDF. Please email this to us along with your project narrative.   

  • Top sheet:  provide a single-page budget top sheet / summary
  • Line-item budget: provide a comprehensive line-item budget, including all project-related expenses. We do not require any specific software or format, but the budget should be typed and broken down on a line-item basis in the form of a spreadsheet. A budget cover sheet or narrative budget summary alone is not adequate. Please include detailed budget notes for any areas that may be viewed as out of the ordinary or which require further explanation. 

Application Review TimeLine

We strive to review all applications with 1 month of submission. However, due to the large number of application submissions received and the busy schedules of our staff and reviewers, this time frame is not guaranteed.

We are sometimes able to do rush reviews to meet specific funding related deadlines, however you should not count on this. Please budget our review process into the time-line when you are considering grant application deadlines. If you don't hear from us within one month of submitting your completed application, please give us a call for an update on the status of your application.

Reviewers may contact you directly with questions about your application. When a final decision has been reached about your application you will be contacted via email.


Sample Fiscal Sponsorship Agreement