• 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
214
Grants approved (2014-15)
$30.7m
Value of Grants (2014-15)
$231m
Funds distributed since 1964

Funding Rounds

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Next 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

Upcoming

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

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Future

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:
Wednesday 22 March 2017
Close:
Wednesday 19 April 2017

Applications

Open:
Monday 27 March 2017
Close:
Friday 2 June 2017

Grants Announced

September 2017

Apply for a Grant

Featured Stories

  • 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

  • To celebrate 50 years of making a difference in the Australian community, The Ian Potter Foundation awarded $5.5 million in a special program of 50th Anniversary Commemorative Grants in June 2015. 

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    “Having granted over $200 million to thousands of projects over the past 50 years, it seemed fitting that the Foundation’s 50th Anniversary should be commemorated with catalytic, game-changing grants." - Janet Hirst, CEO

  • The Royal Botanic Gardens (RBG) site at Cranbourne in Melbourne’s outer east, is home to the recently completed Australian Garden.  Stage 1 of the garden opened to the public in 2006.  Stage 2 of the project was officially opened on 19 October, 2012, completing 20 years of planning, construction and planting by the Royal Botanic Gardens to create this magnificent garden and horticulture and conservation resource.

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    “The 19th of October marked a special day in the relationship between the Foundation and RBG with the opening of Stage 2 of the Australia Garden.  We at the Foundation have seen this project develop from design and planning, through to the construction phase, so to see the final product was truly special. The Australian Garden is an important and unique space and I am sure it will become an iconic part of the Victorian landscape.”     Janet Hirst, CEO, The Ian Potter Foundation

  • The Sydney Institute of Marine Science is a landmark collaborative research and training institute.  

    The SIMS project brought together scientists from four founding NSW universities as well as co-locating several major marine science institutes at Chowder Bay on Sydney Harbour.

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    “There is no doubt that The Ian Potter Foundation grant was the tipping point for SIMS,” says Paul Hallam, Chief Operating Officer of SIMS. “The hopes we had for SIMS are being quickly realised, and we are most grateful to all our partners and supporters for backing the opportunity. This is a very exciting time for SIMS.”

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...

Donations

Support Australia's most innovative projects through a donation to The Ian Potter Foundation. Your donation will support projects that address areas of particular need or opportunity, managed by credible organisations with solid track records in their particular fields.
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