Fringe participants can apply for share of the £75,000 fund to support their return to the Fringe in 2021 and 2022.

We're delighted to announce that the Fringe Artist and Venue Recovery Fund is open for applications.

The £75,000 funding pot is available to eligible 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. The fund is also available to participants who had registered for the 2020 Fringe before 01 April 2020, who had listed online content at, and who can provide written confirmation that their venue had been booked for the 2020 Fringe. 

The £75,000 fund was raised through the Fringe Society’s FringeMakers platform in partnership with Crowdfunder. The sum came from ticket sales to our AJ Bell Fringe on 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 ringfenced 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 ringfenced 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 10:00 BST on Monday 03 May 2021. Successful recipients will be notified by the end of May 2021. 

Find out more details on eligibility and how to apply for the fund


Photo: 111, Greenside, 2019. Photographer: David Monteith-Hodge.