Grant Auspicing

What is auspicing?

Sometimes grants are set up so that only organisations, and not individuals or groups of individuals, can apply for them. That doesn’t mean that you have to give up on the idea of applying for that grant – you could still apply with the help of an auspice organisation, such as GBMCAN.

In the context of grant applications, an auspice organisation is one that is given the grant money on your behalf. The organisation also has the responsibility for making sure that the project gets completed on time.

Auspicing is the management of grant funds for individuals / organisations that are not incorporated or that have very limited infrastructure. Auspicing by GBMCAN means that your grant funds are managed on your behalf, and we support the reporting to the funding body at the end of (and occasionally during) the funding period.

How do I apply for a grant through GBMCAN?

The first step is to approach GBMCAN and make sure we are happy to discuss the possibility of auspicing your grant application.

If GBMCAN agrees to auspice you, you’ll need to work with us to put an agreement into writing. We have a pro-forma agreement we can use. Remember, this is a legal document, so make sure you don’t commit to things that you know you won’t be able to do!

So the process is:

  • Approach GBMCAN with an outline of your grant proposal. Do this early in the development of your application. Do not leave it to the last minute!
  • Contact:

    Virginia Francken

  • We will meet with you to discuss your project and your grant application. Where we can help improve the application or make helpful suggestions, we will do so.
  • GBMCAN will apply for a grant on your behalf using your grant application. We need to be sure you are a reliable person who will deliver the project, since we are recommending you to the granting body.
  • You need to enter into a written agreement with GBMCAN before the project starts.Here is a sample pro forma Auspicing Agreement to provide you with a guide.
  • If successful, the granting body will pay the grant to GBMCAN who pays funds to you in accordance with the Funding Agreement;
  • GBMCAN has to monitor the use of the funding to ensure compliance with the purpose for which it was provided;
  • GBMCAN has an obligation to provide the granting body with an itemised financial statement at the end of the project, which clearly identifies the funding and how it was spent;
  • GBMCAN needs to ensure the required acquittal information is provided to the granting body.

What arts genres does GBMCAN auspice?

BMCAN auspices all genres, performance, visual, film and graphic arts.

What does GBMCAN charge for auspicing a grant?

First of all, you need to be a member or to join BMCAN. Membership details are at:

Generally BMCAN charges 10% of the total grant to auspice the artist.