Case Studies

Since 1964, The Ian Potter Foundation has contributed over $200 million to thousands of projects, both large and small. These are case studies of just some of the many successful projects across the range of program areas the Foundation supports.

Featured Case Studies

  • SSO Fellowship Program addresses unmet needs

    The SSO Fellowship program provides the opportunity for young symphonic orchestral musicians to experience the unique and challenging life of a professional symphonic orchestral musician firsthand. 

    Organisation: 
    Sydney Symphony Orchestra
    Project: 
    SSO Fellowship Academy
    Dates: 
    May 2014 - December 2016
    Grant: 
    $200,000
    www.sydneysymphony.com/backstage-news/article/my-year-as-an-sso-fellow

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    ‘For 16 years, the SSO Fellowship has equipped young musicians with the tools they need to sustain long and fruitful careers as professional musicians. Participating in the program will not only ensure that these young musicians are job-ready and capable of winning positions in prestigious orchestras all over the world, but even more importantly lead them to become inspiring, imaginative and innovative artists who are able to transform lives through music. ’

    Roger Benedict
    Artistic Director

  • Investing in the vitality of Australian theatre

    In 2015, Theatre Works presented the inaugural Directors Lab: Melbourne, a professional development program for theatre directors, in partnership with the Melbourne Festival. It's success has led to it becoming an annual event.. 

    Organisation: 
    Theatre Works
    Project: 
    Directors Lab: Melbourne
    Dates: 
    May 2016 - Nov 2017
    Grant: 
    $126,000
    directorslabmelbourne.org.au/

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    ‘I think my practice can never be the same having experienced the Directors Lab. I feel I have never been surrounded by so many diverse minds, so many different ways of working, or ways of thinking, of not just theatre but also the world.’


    Participating director

  • TEACHaR closes an educational gap

    Education has the potential to be truly transformative, particularly for students experiencing complex disadvantage. Anglicare Victoria's TEACHaR program seeks to 'close this education gap' for students living in out-of-home. 

    Organisation: 
    Anglicare
    Project: 
    TEACHaR - Transforming Educational Achievement for Children in Home-based and Residential care
    Dates: 
    September 2013 - March 2015
    Grant: 
    $100,000

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    ‘[Anglicare's] teachers were pivotal to [the student's] engagement in the classroom and willingness to come to school every day. This success cannot be underestimated. Also giving ... the College an insight into [the student's] world ... was critical to his successful integration into school.’

    John Fawkner College

  • DigestEd takes learning into the lion's den

    Zoos Victoria is one of the biggest providers of education outside the classroom in Victoria. An integral part of the education system, research shows that every school visits the zoo once every two years. However, our classrooms weren't moving with the times. Digest Ed was an opportunity to bring our education offering into the 21st century.

    Organisation: 
    Zoos Victoria
    Project: 
    Predator Precinct - Digest-ED at Melbourne Zoo
    Dates: 
    January- December 2014
    Grant: 
    $200,000

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    ‘We are fortunate to teach in a learning space which allows visitors of all ages to observe our amazing predators displaying their natural behaviours, all within metres of the students.’

    Learning Experience Team

  • Preventing homelessness for Victorian prisoners

    Due to the links between homelessness and incarceration, Homeless Law decided to provide legal help to Victorian prisoners through the Debt and Tenancy Legal Help for Prisoners Project.

    Organisation: 
    Justice Connect
    Project: 
    Prisoners' Legal Services Clinic
    Dates: 
    March 2014 - March 2015
    Grant: 
    $100,000

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    ‘Without the assistance of Homeless Law, 43 prisoners would have exited prison into homelessness. Keeping prisoners housed saves money and reduces the likelihood of reoffending. These interventions aimed at avoiding prisoners cycling between prison and the homeless services system are vital.’

    Lucy Adams
    Manager Homeless Law.

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Preventing homelessness for Victorian prisoners

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Maximising secure stable accommodation for at-risk youth

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