• 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
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Grants approved (2016-17)
$36.2m
Value of Grants (2016-17)
$273m
Funds distributed since 1964

Funding Rounds

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

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Open Program Areas

Expression of Interest

  • Arts
  • Health & Disability

Application

  • Conference
  • Travel

Important Dates

Expression of Interest

Open:
Monday 5 November 2018
Close:
Friday 7 December 2018

Applications

Open:
Monday 5 November 2018
Close:
Tuesday 29 January 2019

For projects/travel after

3 May 2019

Future | Round 2, 2019 | Applications open 25 March 2019

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Open Program Areas

Expression of Interest

  • Community Wellbeing
  • Education
  • Environment & Conservation
  • Science

Application

  • Medical Research
  • Conference
  • Travel

Important Dates

Expression of Interest

Open:
Monday 25 March 2019
Close:
Friday 19 April 2019

Applications

Open:
Monday 25 March 2019
Close:
Tuesday 4 June 2019

For projects/travel after

20 September 2019

Featured Stories

  • The latest funding round has resulted in 70 grants totaling $2,409,075 being awarded. The Arts and Knowledge & Learning programs were open for applications. However, several applications which had been undergoing further development from previous rounds were also considered under Community Wellbeing, Environment & Conservation, Health & Disability and Medical Research

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    Images:

    Design Tasmania exterior. Photograph by Chris Crerar. (Main)

    Design Centre Fundraiser. Photograph by Emily Dimozantos (Inset)

  • The Foundation’s Board has recently reviewed the funding objectives relating to the Health component of the Health & Disability program area. This review is part of the Foundation’s ongoing evaluation of all its program area funding objectives since 2015. 

    The Board also recently decided to review the International Learning & Development (ILD) program. Consequently ILD will be closed in Round 2, 2018.

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    New funding guidelines for Health & Disability.


    International Learning & Development closed for review.

  • This month we welcome our latest group of grantees, whose applications were approved by the Board at the Foundation’s first Board meeting for 2018.  It is a relatively small group of grantees this round as we reach the end of a period of reduced program area funding. Over the past two years, the Foundation has successfully managed the dual challenge of significant pre-existing multi-year commitments combined with the introduction in April 2016 of our Major Grants funding stream.  This necessitated more stringent management of reduced program area budgets for a time, a situation that will change as we move into the 2019 fiscal year.

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    Earlier this year, I was fortunate to attend my 3rd National Questacon Invention Convention.  The convention is just one part of Questacon’s Smart Skills Initiative and yet again, I was extremely impressed by the innovation and lateral thinking demonstrated by an eager group of 14­-18 year old school students. 

    Craig Connelly

  • 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.

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    '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. 

     

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    "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

News

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June 15 2018

Darwin-bound in August

The Program Management team will be hitting the road again this A...

Design Centre Fundraiser photo Emily Dimozantos

May 14 2018

Grants Round Up, Round 1 2018

At the recent board meeting, applications were considered in the ...

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May 14 2018

CEO Report May 2018

This month we welcome our latest group of grantees, whose applica...

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May 14 2018

Changes to program areas, funding objectives

At their recent meeting, the Foundation's Board decided to make s...

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