The WAF Grant Fund is now open!

The WAF 2019 Grant Fund supports activities and events that will take place as part of Wandsworth Arts Fringe from 3–19 May 2019. The grants are funded directly by Wandsworth Council and managed by Enable Leisure and Culture.

Wandsworth Arts Fringe supports the cultural life of the borough and plays an important role as a testing ground and market place for new ideas and audiences. WAF can include street performances, family workshops, exhibitions, music, dance and all things in between – taking place indoors and outdoors in all corners of the borough in theatres, pubs, empty shops, libraries, parks, high streets, galleries, cellars... you name it! To find out more about Wandsworth Arts Fringe and how to take part visit our Get Involved page.

In 2019 Wandsworth Arts Fringe will celebrate its tenth anniversary, so think bold, think big for #WAF10!

The WAF Grant Fund is here to help you realise your creative vision – read more on how to apply below.


Grants will fund up to 70% of the total project cost. The maximum award is £2,000.

The fund is unable to support profit making ventures, fund-raising activities, capital, core costs and course fees. For the full list of items the Council is unable to fund, please refer to the grants Terms & Conditions.

Who can apply?

Applications are open to organisations, partnerships and individuals that demonstrate how they meet the criteria of the grant, provided the proposed activity takes place or culminates during WAF 2019.

Applicants do not have to be based in Wandsworth. However, the proposal must take place in the borough and benefit Wandsworth residents. We recommend that you include a carefully considered marketing and audience development plan in your application.

How to apply

You will need to complete an application form and submit it electronically to arts@enablelc.org.

We advise that you speak with the arts team at Enable Leisure and Culture about your application before submitting. You can call us on 020 3959 0023 or email arts@enablelc.org.


There is one remaining WAF Grants Fund Surgery sessions:

  • Wednesday 28 November 3.00pm – 6.00pm venue TBC

To request a 20-minute appointment to discuss your WAF grant application with us, please email cath@wandsworthfringe.com. Please note that we will only be able to take one booking per group/person and not one for each session. This session is most useful if you have already read the guidelines, started your grant application process and need help to complete details and fine tune.

We cannot discuss other sources of funding at these time-limited events.

Strategic Priorities

Applications should demonstrate arts content and meet one or more of the following strategic priorities:

  • Opening up new spaces or venues, indoors or outdoors, for arts to take place
  • Reaching new and hard-to-reach audiences or participants
  • Developing bold work, engaged artistic practice or innovative working model


Assessment criteria

  • Artistic quality
  • Strategic fit: does your project address at least one of our strategic priorities?
  • Deliverability: project timeframe, partners and collaborators
  • Impact: who will benefit from your project and how so? How will you measure it?
  • Value for money

Priority points

  • Whenever possible, proposals should draw upon, develop and nurture local talent through professional development opportunities and/or direct employment.
  • WAF is particularly interested in projects championing culturally diversity and wellbeing.
  • Proposals are expected to consider accessibility at all stages of the project.
  • WAF is particularly interested in outdoor events taking place during the middle weekend of the festival.
  • WAF reserves the right to prioritise proposals that fill existing gaps in provision.

Key dates

  • Applications open: Wednesday 10 October 2018
  • Grants Surgeries: Thursday 1 November from 4.00pm – 6.30pm and Wednesday 28 November from 3.00pm – 6.00 pm
  • Applications close: 10.00am Monday 3 December 2018
  • Outcome notification: Friday 18 January 2019
  • Registration deadline: Friday 1 February 2019
  • Festival dates: Friday 3 – Sunday 19 May 2018

All applications must embrace equality of opportunity and professionalism. By professionalism we mean, for example, undertaking risk assessments, having a safeguarding policy in place and recognising the need for artists to be paid for their work (though this can be valued in kind).