Last August, with the help of Crowdfunder and a great many generous Fringe fans, we raised £75,000 for Fringe artists and venues via our FringeMakers crowdfunding campaign.

The Fringe Artist and Venue Recovery Fund is now open for applications from companies, creatives and venues who:

  • were registered with the Fringe Society in 2019, and/or
  • had arranged to stage a Fringe show in 2020.

Applications must be submitted by 10:00 BST on Monday 03 May 2021 and successful recipients will be notified by the end of May 2021.


Fund definitions

What is a Fringe creative?
In the context of this fund, a Fringe creative is defined as an artist, performer, performing company, producer, writer or creative collective who are applying for a grant to support a project or piece of work coming to the Edinburgh Fringe.

What is a Fringe venue?
In the context of this fund, a Fringe venue is an organisation or operator who plans to host shows at the Edinburgh Fringe programmed to their online or in-person premises.

What is a project or work?
This is defined as what you are looking to create by applying for a grant. This can be, for example, accessibility improvements at a venue or show which you are planning to bring to the Fringe. The project or work may be a specific component of a show, or it may be the show itself in a more general sense.

What do you mean by ‘disabled creatives or venue staff’?
The Fringe Society uses the Social Model of Disability to recognise that some people experience disabling barriers in society; as such, we mean those who self-identify as disabled. This can include D/deaf people if they identify as disabled as well as others living with impairments (physical, sensory, learning, cognitive, mental health, etc) whom identify as disabled. To find out more about the Social Model of Disability, please see point 2 of the Seven Inclusive Principles for Arts & Cultural Organisation.


What happens if a project is not deliverable in 2021 due to effects of Covid-19?
Should circumstances beyond the control of recipients prevent them from delivering a project for 2021, the grant can be repurposed for delivery of the work or project at the 2022 Fringe.

How do I make a budget for my project?
You can use our Fringe budget tool to help you plan your income and expenditure associated with your work or project.

Do I need a venue to qualify for a grant?
Yes. You do not need to have an agreement or contract in place with a venue in order to apply. However, you will need to have a venue in order to register the show and avail of the full grant should you be successful.

If I’m including a video with my application and I don’t have access to professional equipment to film it, will this count against me in my application’s assessment?
No. Short videos should be clear to see and understand but are only intended for the purposes of evaluating the proposed project and will not be judged on video quality (ie handheld / mobile video is acceptable).

What if I have a show happening in a venue that is also seeking a grant, does that mean both parties are excluded?
Applications are considered for a single organisation or company project and therefore would not exclude a creative and venue from applying for a separate grant for separate projects. Where a collaboration between two groups delivering a project occurs, only one grant would be available. Never would two grants be combined to deliver one single, shared project.

I had plans to register for 2020 but didn’t register due to the development of the pandemic; am I eligible?
Yes, you can apply to this fund if you hadn’t yet registered a show or your venue with us prior to the pandemic. We will collect information through the application process about this and if successful in your application, you will be asked to provide evidence that this was in development.  

What should the grant cover?
The grant is open for use by the recipient toward the creation of the project or work. It can form part of the overall cost or contribute to it in a demonstrable way.

Does the venue based in Edinburgh need to be a year-round Edinburgh venue or does the team behind the venue just need to be based in Edinburgh year-round?
A venue based in Edinburgh is one which has its registered address in Edinburgh, ie all year round.

Can I apply for the £5,000 grant, but also be considered for the £2,500 grant? 
Only one application will be considered per group, person or organisation. For example, you are unable to apply for multiple tiers or submit multiple applications.

Can more than one piece of work or project benefit from the grant?
Yes. Where one organisation is applying and responsible for the delivery of multiple projects or pieces of work. All these need to be detailed in the application and meet the criteria. But, where a collaboration between two groups delivering a project occurs, only one grant would be available. Never would two grants be combined to deliver one single, shared project.

If I am a performing company do I need a venue confirmed to be able to apply?
No. You do not need to have an agreement or contract in place with a venue in order to apply. However, you will need to have a venue in order to register the show and avail of the full grant should you be successful.

Why are you allowing applications for 2021 and 2022?
When we set up the fund we could not anticipate how long the pandemic would last or how far reaching its effects would be. Much remains unknown as we head towards the 2021 Fringe and we understand that some projects will require a longer timeline or delivery period to come to fruition. Hence supporting creatives to return when they are ready, in 2021 or 2022.

If I apply for 2021 but decide to wait and perform in 2022 can I roll my award over?
Yes. You will already have received your initial portion of the grant but the remaining draw downs can be deferred to 2022. 

How will grants be paid out?
If your application is successful, you will receive 80% of the grant when you register your venue / show (for either 2021 or 2022) and the 20% balance on completion of the project or work.

Terms and Conditions


These Terms and Conditions apply where you have received a grant award from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society (“the Society”) in respect of the Fund.  Under these Terms and Conditions, your grant award is referred to as the Offer. When you sign and return the Offer, you are entering into a contract with the Society which consists of the Offer and these Terms and Conditions. This contract is referred to in these Terms and Conditions as the Agreement.

In these Terms and Conditions:
“Application” means your application to the Fund for financial support;
“Default” means any of the following events:

  • Breach of Obligations

You commit a material breach of any term of the Agreement and (if such a breach is remediable) you fail to remedy that breach within such a reasonable period of time as we may stipulate, having regard to the circumstances.  

  • Misrepresentation

If anything in the Application, the Agreement, or any information, documents or records submitted in connection with the Project proves to be misleading or false in any respect (whether such statement is made intentionally, recklessly or negligently).

  • Unenforceability

The Agreement is terminated; or is declared void or unenforceable by any court of competent jurisdiction.

  • Insolvency Proceedings

You are sequestrated, unable to pay your debts as they fall due, become apparently insolvent or enter into a trust deed for the benefit of your creditors or an administrator or trustee is appointed to manage your affairs or being a company you pass a resolution to be wound up, go into liquidation, whether voluntary or compulsory (other than a voluntary liquidation of a solvent company for the purposes of amalgamation or reconstruction) or circumstances arise that would enable a court to make a winding up order or you are unable to pay your debts within the meaning of section 123 of the Insolvency Act 1986 or a receiver or administrator is appointed or an administration order is made or circumstances arise that would entitle a court or creditor to appoint such a receiver or administrator.  

  • Litigation

Any legal proceedings are initiated which, if adversely determined, are likely (in our assessment) to have an adverse affect on your ability to comply with the Agreement.

  • Unlawfulness

It is or becomes unlawful for you to perform any of your obligations under the Agreement. 

  • Damage

If any of the assets in respect of which the Grant has been paid are destroyed and (i) no insurance proceeds are available; or (ii) we agree that the assets cannot be reinstated. 

  • Termination

You terminate the Agreement;
“Eligible” means costs deemed eligible for grant funding by the Society on the basis that they relate solely to the Project;
“Eligibility Criteria” means a project or work which is led, representative of or devised:

  • creatives of colour 
  • creatives from the LGBTQ+ community 
  • D/deaf and disabled creatives or venue staff 
  • working class creatives or venue staff 

and in each case which the Society considers (in its sole discretion), and based on the information contained in the Application, will assist the Applicant in returning to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2021 or 2022 and which will bring improvement to a practical extent or will create demonstrable change in respect of the priorities referred to above; 
“Grant” means a maximum sum of £[ l ];
“Interest Rate” means four per cent per annum above the base rate from time to time of the Royal Bank of Scotland plc;
“Overpayment” means any amount paid in excess of a valid grant, whether by administrative error or otherwise;
“Parties” means the Society and you and “Party” refers to either as the context requires;
“Period” means the period from the date of signing the docquet of acceptance by the Applicant until completion of the Project at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2021 (unless the Society agrees to a later date in accordance with condition 5.1.5 or unless the Agreement is terminated earlier in accordance with its terms);
 “Project” means the Project as described in the Application and which meets the Eligibility Criteria;
“Project Documents” means the project documents specified in the Offer;
“Project Specific Conditions” means the conditions, if any, detailed in the offer.

3.1 The Grant must be used exclusively for the Project and for no other purpose whatsoever.  
3.2 In no event shall we be obliged to release more than the amount of the Grant, nor to re-allocate part of the Grant for any other activity. 

4.1 We will not advance any part of the Grant to you until:
4.1.1 we have received all of the Project Documents (if any) in form and substance satisfactory to us; and
4.1.2 the Project Specific Conditions (if any) have been fulfilled by you (to our satisfaction) or waived by us.

5.1  You agree that you will:
5.1.1 carry out the Project properly, professionally and in accordance with all applicable laws;
5.1.2 provide us with one report, upon completion of  the Project, in video format, detailing your progress and what you achieved; 
5.1.3 provide us with all such further information about the Project as we may reasonably request;
5.1.4 not materially change the Project from that outlined in the Application without our prior written approval, which approval shall not to be unreasonably withheld;
5.1.5 complete the Project such that it can assist with a return by the Applicant to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2021 or (with the consent of the Society, not to be unreasonably withheld) such later Edinburgh Fringe;
5.1.6 immediately inform us in writing if you wish to withdraw from the Fund and terminate the Agreement and/or if you are no longer able, or are unlikely to be able, to comply with the terms of the Agreement;
5.1.7 keep proper financial and other records and use our budgeting template (as provided to you) to advise us of your budget planning as compared with the budget outlined in the Application; 
5.1.8 obtain all necessary intellectual property rights to work commissioned from third parties in connection with the Project so that you may use such work for its purpose without restriction or unforeseen expense;
5.1.9 ensure that any consultant, contractor or supplier involved in the Project is paid on time;
5.1.10 ensure that adequate insurance for the Project is maintained at all times; and
5.1.11 comply with all relevant health and safety legislation, including the carrying out of risk assessments.

6.1  We will be entitled to publicise the detail of the award of the Grant and progress in respect of the Project, including your name, the amount of the Grant and the name of the  Fund.  

We shall not be responsible for the quality of any work produced or undertaken, or of professional advice or services, funded in whole or part by the Grant.

8.1 If a Default occurs, we may, at any time after that Default occurs, vary, make a deduction from, withhold, or require immediate repayment of the Grant or any part of it.  
8.2 You will be responsible for paying all costs incurred by us in enforcement of the Agreement against you if there is a Default; this may include, but is not limited to, all fees of agents, solicitors and accountants employed by the Society. 
8.3 Except where otherwise specified in the Agreement, if you fail to pay any amount due under the Agreement, interest will be payable on the outstanding amount from the date of demand for payment up to the date of actual payment at the Interest Rate. 

9.1 If we make an Overpayment in respect of the Grant (or any instalment of the Grant, as the case may be):
9.1.1 you will be obliged to repay such Overpayment; or 
9.1.2 at our option, we may deduct the amount of such Overpayment from the next payment or payments of the Grant.  

10.1 You must not assign, transfer, hold on trust or otherwise dispose of any of your rights and/or obligations under the Agreement without our prior written consent.
10.2  We are entitled to assign or transfer our rights and/or obligations under the Agreement.

11.1 No failure or delay on our part in exercising any of our rights or powers under this Agreement shall operate as a waiver of that right or power, or prejudice our ability to exercise that right or power on a future occasion.
11.2 No single or partial exercise of any right or power available to us shall preclude any other or further exercise of it, or the exercise of any other right or power.

Any notice or other communication under or in connection with the Agreement shall be (i) by e-mail to such e-mail address as is notified to the other Party from time to time or (ii) in writing delivered personally or by post: 
12.1 to you at your address set out in the Agreement, or such other address as is notified to us from time to time; and  
12.2 to the Society at [email protected], for the attention of Kevin Kimber, or such other address and / or contact as is notified to you from time to time.

13.1 The Agreement will be governed and interpreted in accordance with the Laws of Scotland and will continue in force for the Period.
13.2 All obligations of the Parties under this Agreement which, by their nature, could continue beyond the expiry or termination of this Agreement, shall continue in force notwithstanding the expiry or termination of this Agreement for any reason.