The Ian Potter Foundation is making changes to its funding rounds going forward. In future the Foundation will only be seeking applications in each program area once a year.
Following a very busy funding round in April, and with applications closed in a number of program areas this round, a smaller number of high value projects were considered by the Board of Governors at our September meeting. Of a total $14,044,000 in new approved grants, $12 million has been awarded to three outstanding projects in our new Major Grants stream. Due to existing forward commitments some of these projects will receive first payments in 2018 or 2019.
In the core program areas, just under $2 million will be shared across 14 projects plus a further 34 grants totalling $134,000 in our Knowledge and Learning stream.
There is a well-known saying: it takes a village to raise a child. Like many of these old sayings there is a fundamental truth to this and three of the Foundation’s recent Education grants illustrate how important the ‘village’ is to the success of the child. In different ways each of these projects demonstrates how the wider community can support younger generations to embrace education, and reap all the benefits that brings.
We are pleased to announce that Nicole McLeod will now manage all grants in the Education program.
Due to significant forward commitments, grant applications in Science, Environment & Conservation and the Arts will not open for Round 2, 2016.
Major Grant: $10 million over five years to restore and update Queen's Hall at the State Library of Victoria
Following a recent review of our Education program area we have revised and re-focused our funding objectives for the program. These will come into effect for the next Education funding round which opens on Monday 9 November, 2015.