In a funding context, an auspice is an organisation who manages grant funding on your behalf. For example, a small community group with limited resources may use a larger Non-Government Organisation as their auspice. The NGO will receive and manage the grant funding, with the community group undertaking the actual project work.
Auspice arrangements are reasonably common when a funding body requires applicants to have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status. A community group may be able to find an NGO with DGR status to auspice their application, so that they can still apply for funding.
When approaching an organisation to be your auspice, it's a good idea to:
Make sure you are on the same page philosophically and ethically
Check that you are both aiming for the same goals
Have a good working relationship before applying for funding.
For more tips on structuring your grants and improving your grant applications, take a look at the resources section of our Blog.