Program Area


Funding Objectives

A dynamic and well-resourced Arts sector is central to a culturally-rich and vibrant society. The Foundation is interested in building the calibre and capacity of Arts organisations and supporting them to raise the bar of aspiration and achievement. We look for well-considered programs that work strategically to achieve this. The Foundation also seeks to foster appreciation for the arts and facilitate accessibility for all Australians.


  • To support cultural institutions and organisations in Australia which are distinctive in artistic achievement, imagination and innovation.
  • To extend cultural opportunities to regional centres, and encourage the development of arts programs at a local level.

In addition to the above interests, the Foundation makes grants to individuals through The Ian Potter Cultural Trust, which is a separate legal entity. Small grants from the Cultural Trust support emerging Australian artists to pursue further studies and nurture their careers in their chosen artistic practice.


The Foundation does not support performances, exhibitions or festivals unless there is a special educational focus. 


Grant requests in the Arts are considered via a two-step expression of interest process. For more information on the process please click here.


Please click the link below to access the online EOI form (form can only be accessed while funding rounds are open).