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 performancesfamily workshopsexhibitionsmusicdance and all things in between – taking place indoors and outdoors in all corners of the borough in theatrespubsempty shopslibrariesparkshigh streetsgalleriescellars... you name it! To find out more about Wandsworth Arts Fringe and how to take part visit our Get Involved page.

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

Terms & Conditions Word

Terms & Conditions PDF

Application form Word

Application form PDF

Budget form


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 2020.

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@wandsworth.gov.uk.

We advise that you speak with the arts team about your application before submitting. You can call us on 020 8871 8711 or email arts@wandsworth.gov.uk.

Grant Surgeries

We have two WAF Grant Surgeries

Thursday 14 November - 4.00pm - 6.30pm

Thursday 21 November - 3.00pm - 6.00pm

Please email cath.mattos@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk to book in a 20 minute appointment on either of these days. Venues TBC. 

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

Details will be announced nearer the time

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).