• The Ian Potter Foundation

    See when each of our program areas is next open for applications

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    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.

    Our Philosophy
  • Honour the past, embrace the future

    The Ian Potter Foundation since 1964

    Our History
Grants approved (2015-16)
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Funding Rounds

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Current Round

Round 3, 2017

By Invitation Only

This round commences in July 2017 and closes in September 2017.

We do not seek applications as the round is by invitation only.

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Next Round

Round 1, 2018

Applications open 6 November 2017

Expression of Interest

  • Arts


  • Conference
  • International Learning & Development
  • Travel

Expression of Interest

Monday 6 November 2017
Friday 8 December 2017


Monday 6 November 2017
Tuesday 30 January 2018

Grants Announced

May 2018

How to apply
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Round 2, 2018

Applications open 26 March 2018

Expression of Interest

  • Community Wellbeing
  • Education
  • Science


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

Expression of Interest

Monday 26 March 2018
Friday 20 April 2018


Monday 26 March 2018
Tuesday 5 June 2018

Grants Announced

Late September 2018

How to apply

Featured Stories

  • To celebrate Medical Research Week 2017, we're highlighting two recent case studies of the past medical research grants.

    The first is a project which sought to bring innovation and collaboration to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute team investigating immunotherapy to treat cancer. It is a clear example of leading the way in personalised medicine as a therapeutic approach to life-threatening diseases.

    The second is the Ian Potter Centre for Genomics and Personalised Medicine a collaborative project developed by Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and Murdoch Childrens Research Institute with the intention of advancing genomic healthcare in Victoria and ultimately throughout Australia. 


    Learn more

    "Every human is unique, and we often differ in how we develop diseases and respond to treatments.

    Personalised medicine aims to tailor treatments to achieve the best outcome for individual patients, rather than treating patients with a ‘one size fits all’ approach."

    The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

  • Two news Arts grants case studies show the benefits of mentoring artists at different stage of their careers.  

    The Directors Lab workshop offered by Theatre Works during the Melbourne Festival has run for the past two years, with a third planned for this year due to its success.  

    Similarly, the Sydney Symphony Fellowship program was designed by SSO musicians to fulfill the need of aspiring young symphonic orchestral musicians to further develop and explore their craft; and experience the unique and challenging life of a professional symphonic orchestral musician firsthand.  

    Read more

    For The Ian Potter Foundation, supporting a vibrant and thriving Arts sector is a key focus. Through our Arts program area we aim to help build the calibre and capacity of Australia’s arts organisations and support them to raise the bar of aspiration and achievement in the sector.

  • Did you miss our Information Forum in Brisbane in early May?

    Don't worry you can watch the recorded webinar of the introductory session or download the Introduction or Evaluation presentations.

    Just follow the link below.

    Brisbane Information Forum

    'I was delighted with the honesty and transparency of all the Ian Potter Team; it cut through the usual vague jargon and encouraged us to present ourselves and our cause with clarity.' Forum attendee

  • Construction of Centennial Parklands new Children's WILD PLAY Garden is well underway.  The Foundation awarded Centennial Parklands Foundation $1.5m towards the project which meets very strongly with the objectives of the Foundation: to deliver enduring benefits for the community.

    WILD PLAY on the way

    'My overall impression of the site is that the garden is going to be an amazing facility.  Truly unique, quintessentially Australian…I believe it will be a genuinely fulfilling experience to visit The Ian Potter  Children's WILD PLAY Garden when it is open to the public later in 2017.’ 

    Craig Connelly, CEO, The Ian Potter Foundation

  • 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


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