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Charlotte Horton - Potatohead

Our 2023 bursaries are spread across two waves in line with the two registration periods.

Wave two

The second wave of bursaries is now open and will close on Monday 23 January 2023. Bursary winners will be informed: on 30 January latest. Unsuccessful applicants will also be contacted by this date.


For the thirteenth year running, The Pebble Trust is supporting Brighton Fringe participants by offering three bursaries to young people wishing to put on an event. This could be in any category.


A panel of expert judges will pick three winners who will each receive:

  • Brighton Fringe Registration fees paid by The Pebble Trust
  • £500 towards production costs. For example, the money could be used for venue or equipment hire, marketing, buying props etc.
  • Up to 6 hours of mentoring sessions with an industry professional.


  • All those involved in the planned event should be residents of Brighton & Hove and aged 25 or under at the time of application.
  • The event should be conceived, initiated, developed and produced entirely by the applicant(s). For example, projects led by a teacher or equivalent individual are not eligible. 
  • The applicant should be putting on their first Brighton Fringe production.

Applications open:  Wednesday 12 October 2022

Application deadline: Monday 9 January 2023

Panel Meetings: Saturday 21/ Sunday 22 January (please note that if your event is shortlisted, you will need to be available for one of these dates)

Winners announced: Monday 30 January 2023

Apply here


Former Fringe staff member and all-around legend Robert Batson has generously offered a bursary for one Fringe event taking part in 2023. The winning event must be from Brighton & Hove. 

The successful recipient will receive:

  • Brighton Fringe 2023 registration fee paid for
  • 8-10 hours of artistic grant consultation and writing services
  • £150+ towards the cost of a BSL interpreter for the event (more support may be made available depending on the event)

Criteria: Applicants must have a fixed address in Brighton & Hove.

Deadline for applications: Monday 23 January 2023. 

Winner announced: Monday 30 January 

Apply here.

The Brighton Lions Bursary

Brighton Lions are generously supporting Brighton Fringe participants aged 60 and over by offering 5 bursaries of 5 free registrations. Bursaries will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and each applicant can only apply once. If you have already completed and paid for a registration, you can still apply, if you qualify for a bursary your registration fee will be refunded.

The Offer: Five winning events will have their Brighton Fringe 2023 registration fee paid for by Brighton Lions.

Criteria: Applicants must be residents of Brighton and Hove and be aged 60 and over. Applicants must have either already completed their Brighton Fringe 2023 registration or have started to complete it. 

Deadline: 5pm Monday 23 January – if all bursaries are allocated before the deadline then we will close applications before this time. Winners will be notified by Monday 30 January at the latest.

Apply here.

the Luke Rollason memorial memorial Bursary

Luke Rollason isn't dead but he'd like to give you some free money, again. (In loving memory of the 2022 bursary). This is a bursary for anyone creating alternative comedy (ie not traditional stand-up) whose background or identity is underrepresented in this genre. You could be an individual or a group, you could be a clown, drag artist, poet, musical comedian or something that totally defies description. 


  • You have a registration in progress to perform at the Brighton Fringe 2023.
  • If you are not registering in the comedy section of the programme, please demonstrate that your work is sufficiently comedy-adjacent.
  • Must be able to demonstrate that your work incorporates elements other than traditional stand-up.
  • Must identify as a member of a community underrepresented within the comedy industry, including (but not limited to): Global Majority ethnicity groups, d/Deaf or disabled, neurodiverse, LGBTQ+ and/or working class.


  • We will pay the fee for your Brighton Fringe registration. For those already registered, we will reimburse you.
  • £100 towards print / other marketing costs.
  • A slot at a comedy industry showcase (previously held at KOMEDIA)
  • Personal mentoring session with some Brighton Fringe veterans (if you want it).
  • Luke will buy you crisps and/or fizzy drinks.
  • We will talk about your show at every possible opportunity.

If you have any questions, or would like to speak to a member of the team about your application or access needs, then please do feel free to get in touch at [email protected]

Apply here. 

The Bird & Blend SustainabiliTEA Bursary

Bird & Blend Tea Co. is an independent, award-winning tea company on a mission to spread happiness & reimagine tea! Pop the kettle on and apply for one of their wonderful bursaries. 

Bird and Blend are delighted to announce applications are open for this year’s SustainabiliTEA 2023 Bursary. There will be two awarded from the applications.

The successful recipients of The Bird & Blend SustainabiliTEA Bursary will receive

  • Brighton Fringe registration fee paid for
  • Marketing support on the Bird & Blend social media accounts
  • Rehearsal space at one of the Bird & Blend stores

As Bird & Blend have grown over the years, they are proud to always try to keep people & the planet at the forefront of their decision making process. But they acknowledge they aren’t perfect - sustainability isn’t easy, it’s an ever evolving process. This bursary is for any artist, organisation or person trying to include sustainability in their event in any of the following ways:

  • Connects with Sustainability within their event
  • Educates an audience surrounding sustainability topics
  • Considers sustainability within their event operations (e.g. travel, production etc)

Apply here.

Brighton & Hove Pride Bursary

Brighton & Hove Pride are delighted to offer 5 bursaries to performers/producers in the LGBTQ+ community or allies creating work with an LGBTQ+ narrative for Brighton Fringe 2023. 

Our mission is to support high-quality, innovative, inspirational and engaging work to entertain, inform, educate and thereby enrich the cultural life of the LGBTQ+ community and the residents of Brighton & Hove. The 5 successful applicants will each receive £250 towards registration fees and other costs as well as support in kind such as possible rehearsal space, and social media support etc.  

Five winning events will receive £250 from Brighton & Hove Pride to be used towards their Brighton Fringe 2023 registration fee and event production costs.  

This bursary is applicable for members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies creating work with an LGBTQ+ narrative. You must have a Brighton Fringe 2023 venue in place or be in conversation with a venue at the time of application.

Apply here.

Michael Graney Bursary

The bursary from Ironclad Creative CIC exists to celebrate the memory of Brighton writer and creative Michael Graney who was passionate about writing, the arts and science-fiction. 

The Offer:

  • Brighton Fringe registration fee repaid by Ironclad Creative CIC
  • A production mentoring session with Ironclad Creative
  • At least 6 social media posts about your event


  • Have a finalised Brighton Fringe 2023 event registration by Monday 23 January 2023.
  • Have a Science-Fiction theme or reference (fantasy / speculative fiction / magical fiction and other such sub-genres welcome)
  • There may be dance, physical theatre and / or musical elements but your work must be considered theatre or storytelling
  • The work must have hope and / or kindness at its core - Dystopian fiction is fine; characters can experience great challenges and things may not end well, though something about the narrative must have a measure of kindness, hope, redemption or possibility
  • Be a full-length work (40 mins or longer)

Apply here.

The Ironclad Creative New Writing Bursary

Ironclad Creative CIC, who run The Ironclad Hub - a free to join online network for writers and theatre-makers - are delighted to offer a New Writing Bursary for Brighton Fringe 2022.

The bursary is open to any Brighton Fringe artist or company whose work is new writing (written within the last two years) and whose writer has a low income and is offered by Ironclad Creative CIC.

The Offer:

  • Brighton Fringe registration fee repaid by Ironclad Creative CIC
  • A production mentoring session with Ironclad Creative
  • At least 6 social media posts about your event


  • Have a finalised Brighton Fringe 2023 event registration by Monday 23 January 2023.
  • Any genre though must have a fully written and complete script.
  • The writer of the piece has a low income*. If your work is written by a group, at least half should identify as low income.
  • The work is new writing - written within the last two years with no more than 10 previous performances
  • Be a full-length work (40 mins or longer)

*Low income Eligibility: 

Unmarried and no co-habiting with a partner  with an annual (gross, pre-tax) income less than £25,000 and personal savings of less than £5,000 
Married or co-habiting with a partner, with a total annual (gross, pre-tax) income less than £35,000 and personal savings of less than £5,000 
You don’t quite fit into our criteria but are nonetheless very financially challenged (there will be space on the form to discuss your circumstances).  

Apply here.

Brighton Fringe Staff Bursaries

Every year, the staff at Brighton Fringe get to enjoy a free Brighton Fringe registration. Some members of the team have taken up the offer, but not everyone at Brighton Fringe is a born performer or producer. Some members of the team have chosen to give away their registration.

Social Impact Bursary, Relationship & Development Manager Holly Alexander

As part of my role, I love working with charities, individuals and organisations that have a social impact. Both within the local community, but also further afield. Therefore, I want my registration fee to go to an event that engages with the community. Whatever your event (all categories welcomed to apply), I would love to hear from you.

Apply here.

Betty Maguire's Dance Bursary, Development & Operations Assistant Assistant Betty Maguire

Betty will be awarding her registration fee to a Brighton Fringe event that has dance at the core of its work. Being a Contemporary Dance Artist herself, Betty is passionate about bringing more dance to the Brighton Fringe 2023 programme and welcomes applications from both independent dance artists and dance companies. The awarding work may be multidisciplinary, however dance must be a significant aspect of the work. The bursary is open to applicants from all stages of their career, from emerging to established.

Apply here



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