• The Ian Potter Foundation

    A major Australian philanthropic foundation that supports and promotes excellence and innovation, facilitating positive social change, and developing Australia’s creativity and capacity as a nation.

    About, Vision, Mission
  • Our Vision

    The Ian Potter Foundation’s vision is of a vibrant, healthy and fair Australia.

    Our Philosophy
  • Our Commitment

    We are committed to helping Australia’s most capable organisations to achieve their goals, delivering positive, lasting benefits for the community and the nation.

    Our Commitment
  • Our Mission

    Build upon the legacy of founder and benefactor, Sir Ian Potter, and his commitment that the foundation make a difference to Australia

    Our Mission
  • Honour the past, embrace the future

    The Ian Potter Foundation, since 1964

    Our History
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Grants approved (2014-15)
$30.7m
Value of Grants (2014-15)
$231m
Funds distributed since 1964

Funding Rounds

P1010034

Current Round

Round 3, 2016

By invitation only

By invitation only

This round commences in July 2016 and closes in September 2016. We do not seek applications as the round is by invitation only.

Plat 1

Next Round

Round 1, 2017

Applications open November 7 2016

Expression of Interest

  • Arts
  • Education
  • Environment & Conservation
  • Health & Disability

Application

  • Conference
  • International Learning & Development
  • Travel

Expression of Interest

Open:
Monday 7 November 2016
Close:
Friday 9 December 2016

Applications

Open:
Monday 7 November 2016
Close:
Tuesday 24 January 2017

Grants Announced

May 2017

Apply for a Grant
20100395 Monash Uni Jian Li Prof Roger Nation B101658

Upcoming

Round 2, 2017

Applications open 27 March 2017

Expression of Interest

  • Community Wellbeing
  • Education
  • Science

Application

  • Conference
  • International Learning & Development
  • Medical Research
  • Travel

Expression of Interest

Open:
Monday 27 March 2017
Close:
Friday 21 April 2017

Applications

Open:
Monday 27 March 2017
Close:
Tuesday 6 June 2017

Grants Announced

September 2017

Apply for a Grant

Featured Stories

  • In celebration of Science Week, the Foundation has drawn together three case studies of recent Science grants providing opportunities for early career researchers, in the form of fellowships and multi-disciplinary collaboration. These case studies also focus on environmental science research, an area where we believe particular emphasis is needed. 

    The Foundation’s Science program is committed to supporting exceptional scientists with the aim of making a long-term contribution to deeper thinking and inquiry to attain knowledge vital to Australia. Each of these case studies reflects these objectives by presenting ‘deep’ research in different ways.

    Going Deep in Science Week

    'Whether it’s collecting data from Antarctic ice core samples, researching marine species and coral on the Great Barrier Reef or cataloguing the biodiversity present in our fauna, all these researchers are conducting deep investigations of the complexity of our environment that will contribute to a better understanding of many ‘bigger picture’ issues.'

    Craig Connelly, CEO

  • There is a well-known saying: it takes a village to raise a child. Like many of these old sayings there is a fundamental truth to this and three of the Foundation’s recent Education grants illustrate how important the ‘village’ is to the success of the child. In different ways each of these projects demonstrates how the wider community can support younger generations to embrace education, and reap all the benefits that brings.

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    ‘There is ample evidence that multidisciplinary, inter-sectoral efforts can work.‘

    Prof Fiona Stanley AC, ARACY's first CEO and now a Governor of The Ian Potter Foundation

  • Sir Ian Potter’s great interest in medical research began before he established this Foundation. In 1960 he and Ken Myer each donated £50,000 and underwrote another £50,000 to grease the wheels for the creation of a new medical research institute that would become the Howard Florey Institute. Helping set up The Florey left a deep mark on Sir Ian and spiked his interest in the power of philanthropy. 

    Accordingly, Medical Research has been a central aspect of The Ian Potter Foundation’s giving from the start. Some of the Foundation’s first grants were directed to supporting significant medical research institutions and the talented people behind them. The fundamental principles of the approach first taken by Sir Ian and the expert advisors on the Foundation’s original Board, are still relevant and remain at the core of the Foundation’s approach to Medical Research grants. 

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    “The science has changed a great deal since then but the decisions about where the money should be invested still come back to the same key requirement: that the program is of the highest standard - and that criterion extends to the people, the institution and the idea.”

    Professor Graeme Ryan AC, Governor of The Ian Potter Foundation

  • The Ian Potter Foundation has awarded its largest ever science and education grant of $7.8 million, over five years, to Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre. In recognition, Questacon has renamed their Deakin facility (formerly the Questacon Technology Learning Centre) ‘The Ian Potter Foundation Technology Learning Centre’.

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    “This grant reflects the importance of this project for Australia and the investment required to transition to the technology-focused, innovative, knowledge-based economy that is vital to Australia’s future,” said Janet Hirst, Chief Executive Officer of The Ian Potter Foundation

News

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August 15 2016

Going Deep in Science Week

In celebration of Science Week, the Foundation has drawn together...

Ardoch Early Years Volunteering Program 2

August 02 2016

Preparing our children for school and beyond

There is a well-known saying: it takes a village to raise a child...

P1010716 Crop

June 27 2016

Tuning in to grantseekers

A recent article in ProBono magazine highlighted the findings of ...

Governors and Florey

June 06 2016

Investing for our future health

Since The Ian Potter Foundation was established in 1964, we have ...

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