• 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

  • Right@home is an Australian multi-state, sustained nurse home visiting randomised controlled trial (RCT) designed to promote family wellbeing and child development. Right@home is based on the evidence that investment in the early years provides the best return in terms of children’s health and development across the life course. In Australia today, more than one in five children is developmentally vulnerable by the time they enter kindergarten. Research suggests that when children start school on the back foot, they usually don’t catch up – they fall further behind.

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    'right@home is in a special position in some of our clients’ lives where we have a great opportunity to facilitate some changes, empower them to find a way forward, that might be different to their past'

    right@home nurse, Whittlesea

  • Education Benalla Program is an innovative approach to improving educational outcomes for children and young people in a disadvantaged rural community. The program recognises that schools are only one part of the solution and that the whole community has a part to play. It's a well researched, highly strategic, long-term approach to social change; with many coordinated initiatives engaging families and children from cradle to career.

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    'Hands On Learning is really good ...Now I love coming to school.  Learning to work with other kids.  Hands On Learning has made me want to go to my other classes and work well there... It gives you skills to think about your future.'

    Hands On Learning student

  • The early years are critical for building foundations for learning and lifetime outcomes for all children, particularly those experiencing disadvantage. In Australia, 1 in 5 children start school behind and poorly equipped to benefit from the social and learning opportunities. Early years services in disadvantaged communities lack resources and support to meet the need.  This project developed the Early Language and Literacy Program with Deakin University to equip volunteers with skills, knowledge and confidence to build vulnerable children's early literacy/language skills and engage parents in supporting learning.

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    'The opportunity to volunteer on a regular and long term basis is wonderful because you get to watch these children grow up and learn about who they are. Volunteering in the playgroup has given me confidence to work with varied and mixed age groups.'

    Ardoch Early Years Volunteer

  • The Lizard Island Research Station (LIRS) is located on the northern section of the Great Barrier Reef, about 270km north of Cairns. A facility of the Australian Museum, it is the major island-based research facility on the Great Barrier Reef and recognized as one of the best tropical marine research stations in the world. The Ian Potter Doctoral Fellowship at Lizard Island has been funded by the Foundation since 2006. The fellowship provides outstanding PhD students with field expenses over one to three years to undertake field-intensive coral reef research at the Lizard Island Research Station.

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    'We’re delighted that The Ian Potter Foundation is continuing its support of PhD student research at Lizard Island. Each year, there is a strong pool of candidates for the Fellowship and the winners are top students who do great coral reef research.'

    Dr Anne Hoggett, Co-Director Lizard Island Research Station

  • 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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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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May 24 2016

'Conversations in Changing Philanthropy' forum

Dr Squirrel Main addressed the Generosity Magazine 'Conversations...

Greening Australia Townsville

May 03 2016

Round Up - 127 new grants awarded

The recent meeting of the Foundation’s Board of Governors saw 127...

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