Federal Government Grant Support for the Bunbury Fringe Festival


6th September 2021

The Bunbury Fringe Festival has received a major funding boost, awarded $80,000 from the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund.

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino MP said this funding is especially important given COVID -19 has created a challenging time for the arts sector both here in the South West and around the country.

“We all want to see the Bunbury Fringe Festival continue in 2022 and I hope that everyone supports the events.”

“It is essential we help organisations in our South West communities support the local arts and entertainment sector. Events in our local towns boost tourism and the local economy, make our communities more vibrant, encourage volunteering and generally make our towns a happier place to live”.

Bunbury Fringe was created in 2017 and is a curated 8-day annual festival presenting diverse performances, activities and experiences, creating opportunity for regional audiences and artists. Each year sees more events, locations, artists, diversity and a greater audience across the South West.

Festival Manager Jo O’Dea said “This funding reinforces the significant mark Bunbury Fringe is making on the cultural and artistic footprint in Western Australia. It gives myself and my team such a boost in confirming we are on track to ensure we continue to enhance the social and cultural lives of those who participate. We are so grateful for the support from the RISE Fund”

The RISE funding provides critical support for local arts organisations and assists local communities and economies to restart from the pandemic. The latest funding will help create more than 23,000 employment opportunities across the country. To date, the Federal Government has already allocated $160 million of the $200 million RISE Fund.

For more information see https://www.arts.gov.au/funding-and-support/rise-fund