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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.

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  • Honour the past, embrace the future

    The Ian Potter Foundation since 1964

    Our History
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Grants approved (2015-16)
$36m
Value of Grants (2015-16)
$256m
Funds distributed since 1964

Funding Rounds

Next Round | Round 1, 2018 | Applications open 6 November 2017

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Open Program Areas

Expression of Interest

  • Arts

Application

  • Conference
  • International Learning & Development
  • Travel

Important Dates

Expression of Interest

Open:
Monday 6 November 2017
Close:
Friday 8 December 2017

Applications

Open:
Monday 6 November 2017
Close:
Tuesday 30 January 2018

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

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Open Program Areas

Expression of Interest

  • Community Wellbeing
  • Education
  • Environment & Conservation
  • Science

Application

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

Important Dates

Expression of Interest

Open:
Monday 26 March 2018
Close:
Friday 20 April 2018

Applications

Open:
Monday 26 March 2018
Close:
Tuesday 5 June 2018

Future | 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.

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. 

     

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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

  • 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

  • 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.  

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    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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