Melbourne Fringe Festival

Fringe Fund Round One – multiple grants available

Round One of Fringe Fund grants and commissions are now open, including the $100k Civic Commission!

Expression of Interest

Opportunity Details

Closing Date

Mar 12, 2024




Performing Arts

It’s that time again! Round One of Fringe Fund grants are now open. That means we’re gearing up to give artists a whole lot of cash to make art. 

Visit the Melbourne Fringe website to find more information on the below opportunities, download the info packs – and get your applications in! 


In Round One, you’ll find four exciting grants and opportunities for artists: 

  • The Melbourne Civic Commission Presented by Melbourne Fringe and Naomi Milgrom Foundation – Melbourne Fringe’s richest ever public art commission returns for a third year! Our Melbourne Civic Commission in partnership with the Naomi Milgrom Foundation offers $100,000 for a Victorian based artist or collective to create a new civic artwork which will premiere at the 2025 Melbourne Fringe Festival. 

    We’re on the hunt for the next big, brave and beautiful major public artwork that will capture the imagination of our city at this year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival.
    Expressions of Interest will remain open until 11.59pm on Tuesday 12 March 2024.


  • ‘Two Hundred Seats’ Grant –  This $25,000 grant is designed to help experienced artists with a winning idea level-up their audience engagement with a juicy marketing plan, so you can fill the 200-seat ETU Ballroom for a three-week run at this year’s Festival (2-20 October 2024). We’re looking for big, bold and commercially viable projects from Victorian based artists or collectives with demonstrated experience presenting work in similar sized venues.
    Applications close at midnight on Sunday 25 February, 2024.


  • Climate Crisis Commission – In an exciting new commission for 2024, Melbourne Fringe has $20,000 to commission a new text-based work that engages with the environmental issues that jeopardise the planet’s ecosystems and the future of local communities. This opportunity is open to any artist or collective based in Australia, working in new writing / text-based theatre.
    Applications close at midnight on Sunday 25 February, 2024.


  • Cash to Create Grants – Melbourne Fringe is thrilled to offer two $20,000 commissions for artists to premiere their new work at this year’s Festival (2-20 October, 2024). This grant is open to any artist or collective working in Australia in any artform – so whatever flavour project you’re cooking up, we want to hear from you!
    Applications close at midnight on Sunday 25 February, 2024.


What is the Fringe Fund?

The Fringe Fund helps our very best emerging and independent artistic talent achieve incredible things, supporting artists to find the money they need to make ground-breaking, innovative and brilliant art. Through the Fringe Fund, Melbourne Fringe provides commissioning opportunities, concessions on fees, and even cold hard cash to ease financial pressure on artists so they can do what they do best.

For all opportunities, we are especially keen to hear from creative leads who are First Nations, Deaf, Disabled, People of Colour and/or transgender. 

If any of the information or applications processes are not accessible for you, please get in touch so we can better understand how accommodate your access needs. You can email our Artists Services team to start a conversation.


If you are interested in supporting our work by giving to the Fringe Fund, read more about Supporting Artists on our website to find out how.