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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.

Ralph Mclean Microgrants

Do you need some help covering your rego fee?

Our Ralph Mclean Microgrants program offers discounted (read: 25%, 50% or 90% off) assistance for artists who are facing structural disadvantage. This includes artists from diverse backgrounds and identities like artists who are from the LGBTQI+ community, artists who are Deaf or have a disability, First Nations artists or artists who are culturally and linguistically diverse.

We also recognise that some artists face other disadvantages and obstacles that make for an unequal playing field – things like being a single parent, a carer, having no financial support from family and friends, work and contract terminations or a lack of access to education. These microgrants are also for you.

The arts community is facing a particularly steep uphill battle this year in the wake of COVID-19, so this year we have expanded the program to provide as much relief to as many artists as possible.

Unsure about whether you qualify for a Ralph Mclean Microgrant? Just ask us – you can email our Participant Services team on

Who was Ralph? 

Ralph Mclean was a Fringe board member, all-round legend and a champion of diversity in the arts. The Ralph Mclean Microgrants program was established with the generous support of his friends and family to help continue his legacy.

The fine print:

  • Your project can be of any length, discipline or genre and at any venue… the only condition is that it must be part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival.
  • Successful applicants will have a portion of their Event Registration fee covered for their proposed project – you will be assigned a 25%, 50% or 90% grant.

Apply here

Applications close 10am Monday 13 July.

City of Moreland Microgrants

We’re delighted to be working with the lovely folk at Moreland City Council once again, offering microgrants that cover rego fees for Fringe artists living or presenting their Fringe Festival work in the City of Moreland. Thinking of putting on a cabaret in Coburg? An opera in Oak Park? A…um… blindfolded boogie in Brunswick? OK, so we ran out of suburb alliteration, but you get the drift.

Apply here

Applications close 10am Friday 7 August.


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 Friday 14 August, and bursary funds will be released to the successful company/artist in early October 2020.

Apply via your registration form in Eventotron

Application close Friday 7 August.

Your Space

Expressions of Interest for Your Space are now closed.

We’re joining forces with Darebin Arts once again to present Your Space – an inclusive mentorship for emerging producers and self-presenting artists that provides space to develop, space to play and support to present. The program looks to support artists who are Deaf or disabled, breaking down barriers that prevent artists from participating in Melbourne Fringe through personalised mentorships, professional capacity building and creative development. Your Space recipients receive:

  • $1,000 to support creative development of their project
  • Tailored industry mentorshipTheir rego fee covered
  • Free participation in a series of business and project planning masterclasses
  • Creative development space (subject to restrictions and availability)
SIGNAL Digital

Expressions of Interest for SIGNAL Digital are now closed.

Are you a young person (that’s 16-25 years old, in our books) looking to take the next step in your creative practice? Read on… this is the commission for you!

In partnership City of Melbourne’s SIGNAL, we are offering a digital creative development and mentorship opportunity that covers everything from creative development space and workshops to registration fees and some cold hard cash. Sounds like the stuff dreams are made of, right? Here is what is included:

  • $1,000 artist honorarium to help support your innovative digital work for the 2020 Melbourne Fringe Festival
  • Access to free creative development space for up to two weeks at Fringe Common Rooms, including use of some tech-y stuff like our 3-camera set up
  • Invitations to attend a series of free Melbourne Fringe Masterclass Workshops on producing and project management, which provide top level producing and arts business skills
  • A bunch of tailored support from the fabulous team at SIGNAL and we’ll even cover that pesky 2020 Event Registration Fee!


Applications for Take Over! 2020, ShowSupport, Jewel Box Grants, XS OPEN and Deadly Fringe Visual Arts 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, Michael Agar and Caroline Farmer – and all that contribute to our grants program.