We are proudly open access and think that Fringe is for ANYONE.  We are excited to be able to offer a range of grants to help you take part in Melbourne Fringe Festival 2017.  

Ralph Mclean Microgrants


Melbourne Fringe is once again proud offer the Ralph Mclean Microgrants, to encourage diversity in the independent arts.This year, artists from diverse backgrounds and identities who are presenting their work at Fringe for the first time, are invited to apply for a Ralph Mclean Microgrant to cover the cost of their Fringe registration fee. Your project can be of any length, in any discipline, any genre, at any Melbourne venue, it just has to be part of Melbourne Fringe 2017 (14 SEPT – 1 OCT).


Ralph Mclean (1957-2010) was Chair of Melbourne Fringe from 1986 - 1991 and a member of our Board until 1998. His passion was celebrating diversity and art in all its forms. Melbourne Fringe is proud to continue his legacy with Fringe through this grant initiative first offered in 2016.


  • Do you have a performance, event or exhibition you’d like to present in the 2017 Melbourne Fringe Festival?
  • Do you identify as a LGBTIQ artist? An artist who is Deaf or with disability? Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander? Culturally or linguistically diverse?
  • Is this your first time presenting work in Melbourne Fringe?

 If you answered yes, then you should apply!


Successful applicants will have their Fringe registration fee covered for their proposed project. The grants are automatically administered once your event has been registered in the Festival’s registration site. You will receive ongoing support from the friendly Melbourne Fringe staff to help you not only register your event but problem solve along your Fringe journey.


  • Expressions of Interest open MON 10 APR, 2017
  • Expressions of Interest close MON 24 APR, 2017
  • Successful applicants advised week commencing 1 MAY, 2017
  • Melbourne Fringe Festival 14 SEPT – 1 OCT 2017


Apply through our quick Expression of Interest form here.

Please let us know if this process is not accessible to you.


We are more than happy to discuss your application before you submit it. Please don’t hesitate to contact our Independent Program Producer, Xanthe Beesley on 03 9660 9600 or email

You can also contact us through the National Relay Service and give the Melbourne Fringe phone number 03 9660 9600.

Moreland Microgrants

Fringe artists of Moreland listen up! Do you need some help with your 2017 Registration fee payment?

The amazing folk at Moreland City Council have a microgrant program for Fringe artists. These microgrants cover registration fees for selected Fringe artists living, or presenting their Fringe show, in the Moreland Local Government Area. Works that are both by Moreland-based artists, and that are to be presented in Moreland will be considered, with a preference for work that fulfil both criteria. So if you live in Brunswick, Brunswick East, Brunswick West, Coburg, Coburg North, Fawkner, Glenroy, Gowanbrae, Hadfield, Oak Park, Pascoe Vale, and Pascoe Vale South, apply now.

Apply online before TUE 25 APR at 11.30pm.

Festivals Moreland Development Program

The Festivals Moreland Development Program will support the creation of new live art or participatory works to be showcased as part of the Coburg Carnivale during the 2017 Melbourne Fringe Festival.

The Moreland City Council Arts and Culture program will support up to four projects through a financial contribution of $5000, provide rehearsal space, as well as marketing and technical support, not to mention we’ll help you produce your work!


Coburg Carnivale is an annual event that takes place in Victoria Mall, Coburg, during Melbourne Fringe. It engages the community of Coburg through exciting and dynamic free programming, which has included performance, music, dance, workshops, market stalls and children’s activities. Through the Festival Moreland Development Program, the 2017 Coburg Carnivale will focus on the creation and presentation outcomes of high quality, innovative participatory and live art projects.


This opportunity is for artists who reside or practice in the municipality of Moreland. Your whole team doesn’t need to be live or work in Moreland, but at the very least the lead applicant should be based in the municipality.

If you identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse you are strongly encouraged to apply

What kinds of projects are we looking for?

  • We are looking for work that is new, exciting and innovative
  • Your work must be suitable for presentation in environments that are not traditional venues
  • Your work must be performed with no ticket fee for audience members
  • Your work must be participatory or engaged with the community of Moreland in some way
  • Your work must be accessible in all ways

Your idea should be a creative project that can be developed immediately so that it can be presented at the Coburg Carnivale as part of the 2017 Melbourne Fringe Festival in September.

Download Coburg Carnivale 2017 - Festivals Moreland Development Program Information


Apply online

Closing date: TUE 25 APR 11:30pm

If you have any questions contact Festivals Moreland Development Program via phone on (03) 9240 2357 or email