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Money for Art

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Microgrants and Bursaries

We know being an artist is a blood, sweat and tears business, so at Melbourne Fringe we do what we can to find money for your art. Cold hard cash, help with registration fees… anything to help take one thing off our artists’ always full, always spinning plate. And we know artists need support now more than ever.

Below is a list of Microgrants and bursaries that can help turn your ideas into reality. They vary in size, structure and requirements, so have a read and work out what suits you best. With all our grants and bursaries, please let us know if the process is not accessible for you.

Eventotron Bursary

The brilliant team that looks after our registration system, Eventotron, is committed to opening doors in the Arts Industry, making it easier to navigate and more affordable. That’s why they’re offering the Eventotron Bursary, designed to help emerging and professional artists take their work to the next level. So, what does the Eventotron Bursary get you? A lot, actually!

  • $1,000 towards your production costs
  • Invitation to a series of Masterclasses as part of the Melbourne Fringe artist development program
  • Promotion in Eventotron – bring your show to the attention of over 45,000 users, including festival and venue managers worldwide

To be eligible for the Eventotron Bursary your Melbourne Fringe registration must be finalised and paid for on or before Sunday 13 September, and bursary funds will be released to the successful company/artist in October 2020.

Apply via your registration form in Eventotron

City of Moreland Microgrants

Applications for Moreland Microgrants have now closed.



Ralph Mclean Microgrants

Applications for Ralph Mclean Microgrants have now closed. 

Cash For Creatives Lottery

Applications for Cash for Creatives Lottery have now closed. 

Thanks to the support from our amazing donors, Melbourne Fringe is proud to introduce a new offering as part of our Money For Art program: the Cash for Creatives Lottery!

We know how hard it is to muster up the energy to undertake a fiddly, drawn-out grant process, so we are here with a super simple, easy-to-apply grant opportunity, where you can essentially ‘win’ $1,500-$2,500 in cash to help make your project happen. Let’s face it – funding success rates are so low it’s all a lottery anyway, and since there isn’t enough money to go around, this seems as fair an option as any other. You gotta be in it to win it!

Successful applicants will be notified soon.

Applications for Take Over! 2020, ShowSupport, Jewel Box Grants, XS OPEN and Deadly Fringe Visual Arts, SIGNAL Digital and Your Space are now closed for 2020.

A huge thank you to our Money for Art major donors – Jewel Box Performances, Rosemary Forbes and Ian Hocking, Dr Jenepher Martin, The Persephone Foundation, Michael Agar and Caroline Farmer – and all that contribute to our grants program.