Tuesday, July 5

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society opens Fringe Artist and Venue Recovery Fund

On Thursday 22nd April, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society is delighted to announce that the Fringe Artist and Venue Recovery Fund is open for applications.

A £75,000 funding pot is available to Fringe companies, creatives and venues to support projects that will enable a return to the Fringe in 2021 or 2022. The fund will prioritise projects that seek to improve opportunities for access on the Fringe by underrepresented groups.

Fringe artists, venues and creatives can apply if they were registered with the Fringe Society in 2019. It is also available for participants who had registered for the 2020 Fringe before 01 April 2020, who had listed online content at listings.edfringe.com, and who can provide written confirmation that a venue had been booked for the 2020 Fringe.

The £75,000 fund has been raised through the Fringe Society’s FringeMakers platform in partnership with Crowdfunder. The sum came from ticket sales to our Fringe on a Friday live events, as well as through direct donation and support from AJ Bell.

A total of five grants of £5,000 are available for venues, and at least one of these will be ring-fenced for a Fringe venue based in Edinburgh year-round.

Five grants of £5,000 and 10 grants of £2,500 are available to companies and creatives. At least three of these will be ring-fenced for applications with lead creatives based in Edinburgh. Only one application will be considered per group, individual or organisation.

Applications will be accepted for projects to be realised at either the 2021 or 2022 Fringe. There will not be a separate application window for 2022 projects. 

The Fringe Society will collect and administer applications using SmartyGrants. All applications that meet the essential criteria will be put forward for consideration by an independent panel made up of expert advisors drawn from the Fringe’s stakeholder community. The grant giving process will be chaired by a representative from the Fringe Society Senior Management Team as a non-voting participant.

The fund will close at 10am BST on Monday 3rd May 2021. Successful recipients will be notified by the end of May 2021.

More details on how to apply for the fund, and information on eligibility, can be found at https://edfringe.smartygrants.com.au/recoveryfund

About the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society: The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society is the charity that underpins the world-renowned Edinburgh Fringe.  We exist to support and encourage everyone who wants to participate in the Fringe; to provide information and assistance to audiences; and to celebrate the Fringe and what it stands for all over the world. Based on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, the Society has a small team of staff who work year-round to assist all the artists and audiences who make the festival one of the best loved performing arts events on the planet.

About SmartyGrants: SmartyGrants is a hosted grants management application that allows grantmakers to receive and manage applications. The Fringe Society is hugely grateful to SmartyGrants for proving this service free of charge. More information can be found at https://smartygrants.com.au/

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