Fiscal Sponsorship

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The Kingston Land Trust has the ability to serve as the fiscal sponsor for special projects that align with our mission. This means that we use our 501(c)3 not profit status to accept and administer grant funding or donations on behalf of an individual or another organization.


Why use a fiscal sponsor? 

Fiscal sponsors are a great option for individuals or organizations without 501(c)3 non-profit status who would like to recieve grant or donations for a project. The support of an established non-profit like the Kingston Land Trust can strengthen a grant application or funding request. Fiscal sponsors often provide additional capacity, infrustructure, and know-how when it comes to administering grant funds.

How much does having a fiscal sponsor cost?

As a general standard, we request 10% of the funds held on behalf of the sponsored group as an administrative fee to offset administration costs of the fiscal sponsorship. 

I have grant or project idea that the Kingston Land Trust might be able to support as a fiscal sponsor. How do I get started? First, contact us and tell us your idea! 

All fiscal sponsorship requests are reviewed closely by the KLT staff and board in terms of our capacity, mission alignment, and project feasibility. Fiscal sponsorships are voted on at our monthly board meetings, which take place third Wednesdays of the month.

Recent Fiscal Sponsorships:

2019 NYSDEC Environmental Justice Grant Program - Community Impact Grant 

Sponsored Organization/Individual: Hudson Valley Bee Habitat (HVBH)

Award Amount: $100,000

HVBH will use this funding to create bee-friendly plantings and structures on KLT land between Gross Street and the Kingston Point Rail Trail. HVBH will engage the local community in the design and construction of the project to provide long-term infrastructure for bees in Kingston. This project will be part of the Kingston Beeline, an emerging network of pollinator habitat sculptures and gardens along the Kingston Greenline. While this project was temporarily postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we expect it to get started in spring 2021. Learn more about this project on our Kingston Pollinators page.

2019 Mary Norris Preyer Fund Grant

Sponsored Organization/Individual: Michele Mueller

Award Amount: $5,000

Local resident Michele Mueller will use this funding to her implement a Pollinator Project in midtown Kingston. This $5,000 grant will be used to purchase plants, tools, and supplies to build a pollinator garden that can educate the community about the importance of pollinators and their role in the food system. We have negotiated the use of vacant city-owned lot at 78 Franklin St. as a site for the location of this project and look forward to supporting Michele in activating the land in spring 2021. Learn more about this project on our Kingston Pollinators page.