At our recent Board Meeting, the Governors considered invited applications from our final funding round for 2016. As this was an invitation only round, fewer grants were under consideration. The Board approved twelve grants totalling $12.9 million. Of these four were major grants.
On November 20 2016, the University of Tasmania announced the building of the new Creative Industries and Performing Arts Centre in Hobart. The Foundation has granted $5 million to this project topping up State and Federal government funding for this impressive undertaking. As a national funder, the Foundation is thrilled to be able to support such a landmark project in Tasmania.
Throughout 2016, the Foundation has hosted forums on various issues relating to some of our program area funding objectives. On Thursday, 27 October 2016, eleven grantee organisations, that had received disability-employment-related grants in the past, were invited to attend a Disability Employment Forum at the Foundation. Nine organisations sent representatives to the half-day forum.
Recently, Professor Graeme B. Ryan, a Governor of The Ian Potter Foundation spoke at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute's Celebration Night. Professor Ryan's speech explains the background and reasons for the Foundation's $3 million grant in support of The Ian Potter Centre for Genomics and Personalised Medicine.
At a recent Greening Australia Friends of Conservation event, Professor Tom Healy was invited to speak on behalf of The Ian Potter Foundation. Prof Healy addressed over 50 guests representing government, business, members and donor, about the reasons for the Foundation's support for Greening Australia and the Foundation's long history of support for environment and conservation projects in Australia
Over the past year, our Environment & Conservation program has been a key focus of Foundation’s strategic planning and grant-making. In the Foundation’s latest Annual Report – Insight + Focus , 2015–16 we review the history of this critical program area.