Sharing knowledge, ideas and inspiration

Right: Highlights from the Conference program area, 2012-13.
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The sharing, exchange and dissemination of knowledge is another important aspect of the Foundation’s commitment to excellence and to our desire to build capacity within Australia’s not-for-profit sector. The Ian Potter Foundation’s Conference program area supports the exchange and dissemination of ideas and knowledge across a global stage.  The program assists organisations to bring keynote speakers of international renown to Australia. The speakers impart their knowledge and expertise to conference delegates in Australia to inspire new thinking and foster learning.

Conference grants are a great example of how relatively small grants can have a significant impact. A new approach or way of thinking can make a significant difference to a not-for-profit organisation, and that ripple effect can inspire a fresh focus, spark new research and create networks and knowledge-sharing frameworks.

Grants are made through this program area to assist with the travel and accommodation costs of hosting an international keynote speaker.

The subjects of the supported conferences range from areas of highly topical public interest, such as the cyber-bullying which was the focus of a conference hosted by the Alannah and Madeleine Foundation in 2012, through to specialised academic gatherings such as the Australian Institute of Physics Congress in 2011 with international speakers hosted by LaTrobe University Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering.

Details of our Conference grants can be found in our Grants Database. Potential applicants should refer to the Funding Objectives in the Apply for a Grant section for more information about current funding priorities.