• The Ian Potter Foundation

    The Ian Potter Foundation makes grants nationally to support charitable organisations working to benefit the community across a wide range of sectors and endeavours.

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

    Funding Rounds
  • What We Support

    The Foundation makes grants through nine program areas which reflect Sir Ian's interest in the arts, the environment, science, medical research, education and community wellbeing.

    Program Areas
  • Our Philosophy

    We are 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.

    Funding Principles
  • Our Vision

    A vibrant, healthy and fair Australia

    Vision and Mission
  • Our Story

    Honour the past, embrace the future. The Ian Potter Foundation since 1964.

    Our History
Grants approved (2016-17)
Value of Grants (2016-17)
Funds distributed since 1964

Funding Rounds

Next Round | Round 2, 2018 | Applications open 26 March 2018

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Open Program Areas

Expression of Interest

  • Community Wellbeing
  • Education
  • Science


  • Medical Research
  • Conference
  • Travel

Important Dates

Expression of Interest

Monday 26 March 2018
Friday 20 April 2018


Monday 26 March 2018
Tuesday 5 June 2018

For projects/travel after

21 September 2018

Upcoming | Round 3, 2018 | By Invitation Only

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This round commences in July 2018 and closes in September 2018. We do not seek applications as the round is by invitation only.

Future | Round 1, 2019 | Applications open 5 November 2018


Open Program Areas

Expression of Interest

  • Arts
  • Health & Disability


  • Conference
  • Travel

Important Dates

Expression of Interest

Monday 5 November 2018
Friday 7 December 2018


Monday 5 November 2018
Tuesday 29 January 2019

For projects/travel after

3 May 2019

Featured Stories

  • New Science Case Studies in celebration of National Science Week

    Dr Carly Cook's research, the first of its kind, provides a crucial insight into the changes occurring in the Australian protected area network over the last 17 years. The finding of this research provides important direction for conservation efforts both within Australia and overseas.

    Dr Olha Furman's research was a pilot project to investigate mercury cycling in coastal ecosystems of Australia. Mercury is of particular concern because of the potential to both accumulate in the tissues of an individual animal over its lifetime and increase in concentration as it moves up food chains. The results of this study indicate an important role for selenium in addressing mercury contamination.

    Learn more

    'The Ian Potter Foundation is proud to have provided Science grants towards these environmental research projects which, although small in value ($20,000 and $45,000), have both yielded significant findings which are being used to inform data collection practice or as a basis to undertake further research.'

    Nicole Bortone, Science Program Manager

  • 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


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February 28 2018

The future of philanthropy

Seven best-practice trends from The Ian Potter Foundation. Craig ...

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February 01 2018

The Ian Potter Foundation's Evaluator Pool 2018 now open

We are issuing our annual call for evaluators interested in being...

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January 11 2018

Arts grants: insights from the other side of the table

Louise Arkles, Arts Program Manager at The Ian Potter Foundation,...

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January 09 2018

Have you got global goals?

Dr Squirrel Main, Research & Evaluation Manager, reveals why the ...


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