How to Apply

A step-by-step guide to becoming an Initiative with OCF

Before you apply:

  1. Read through the rest our full documentation and FAQs and review the Terms of Fiscal Sponsorship Agreement (a.k.a. Terms and Conditions)

  2. Ensure that you are eligible for fiscal hosting with Open Collective Foundation and are familiar with the Open Collective Community Guidelines

  3. Be familiar with the the Restrictions & Limitations of our program

💡 As a reminder:

  • If your Collective is hosted by the Foundation, donations will be tax-deductible for your financial contributors.

  • You retain ownership of all your initiative's intellectual property.

  • We will hold and manage funds on behalf of your initiative and we won't use them for anything else.

  • If you want to enter into an agreement with anyone else, such as a contract with a vendor or providing a specific service to a sponsor, you need to get our permission, because legally the agreement would be with Open Collective Foundation.

The Application

When you are ready, go ahead and apply! Fill out as much information as you can. Everything you enter into the application will be editable later on, so do not worry about making it perfect.

If we have any questions about your application, we may reach out to you to schedule a chat or request additional materials. If your application is rejected, you will be informed as to why. You are welcome to reapply if adjustments are made to align with our requirements.

If your initiative is accepted, congratulations! Once you have set up your initiative’s Open Collective page, you will be able to begin accepting contributions. We will reach out to notify you of your acceptance and invite you to create either a Fund or a Collective. We will provide you with a copy of your application for your reference and instructions for how to get started!