Funding opportunities : Dunedin Fringe Festival

Funding opportunities

Dunedin Fringe Artist Grants applications have now closed. Application decisions announced Monday 8 November 2021.

Other Funding opportunities for your Fringe 2022 Show:

There are a variety of funding organisations that support creative projects and events. If you fit within their funding criteria, then it’s worth putting in an application. Talk to someone from the organisation first to check you fit the funding eligibility and to discuss the criteria.  

University of Otago Performing Arts Fund
The Division of Humanities contributes to performing arts in the community through its Performing Arts Fund. Each year up to $20,000 is allocated in grants for performance projects by staff or those currently in study.
Applications are considered on the basis of their contribution:
• to enhancing the reputation of the University, and
• to performing arts in the community
Closing date for the third round - 19 November 2021. More information and apply here

Dunedin City Council - Small Arts Grants (<$500)
Up to $500 can be granted by the DCC for Small Project Grants to support arts projects. Projects must contribute to achieving Community Outcomes set out within Ara Toi (Arts and Culture) Strategies. You may receive funding from both a DCC Small Arts Grants and CNZ (including CCS or Fringe Artist Grants).
Application deadline: Open year round. More information and apply here

Boosted is crowd-funding platform specifically for the arts and has seen many successful Dunedin arts projects raise funds, including several for Fringe. You might be surprised how keen your friends, whanau and community are to help you make your project happen! If you’re in Dunedin, contact the local Boosted Ambassador: Dallas Synnott or find your local Ambassador at 

Sponsorship – Cash or In Kind
Consider approaching a company to sponsor your event. Research the company to check what other community support they undertake, find out what’s important to them and then find common links between your values and theirs. Companies both small and large can be very supportive of the arts – but you won’t get if you don’t ask! Be considered in your approach, put time into writing good proposals and call in the favour of a friend if this isn’t your strong point. Some companies might offer some cash towards your project or some ‘in kind’ support such as free or discounted rental of equipment. Some items you could offer in return might be: - Logo placement on your event marketing (posters, flyers etc) - A shout-out on your social media pages - Comp tickets to your show - A verbal thank you at your event (if appropriate) - Display their product materials at your event.

Other Options 
  • Other crowd-funding platforms include and
  • Gaming Trusts provide funds from gaming machines to non-profit organisations. Applications can take 2-6 weeks to process depending on the funder. Some trusts only fund registered charities. 
  • Digital search of resources via the Dunedin Public Library. You will need your library membership to access the database.

About Us

The Dunedin Fringe Festival is the world’s southernmost Fringe Festival. Initiated in 2000, Dunedin Fringe aims to bring experimental contemporary art to a wider audience and to support the work of emerging artists. Dunedin Fringe is an annual event which happens every March timed to coincide with other fringe festivals in New Zealand and Australia.

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Our Contacts

Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust
PO Box 1331
Dunedin 9054
New Zealand

03 477 3350