For The Ian Potter Foundation, supporting a vibrant and thriving Arts sector is a key focus. Through our Arts program area we aim to help build the calibre and capacity of Australia’s arts organisations and support them to raise the bar of aspiration and achievement in the sector.
Since establishment, the Foundation has made over 700 Arts grants and contributed over $58 million to the sector. Details of individual Arts grants can be found in our Grants Database. Potential applicants should also refer to the Funding Objectives section for more information about current funding priorities.
The Ian Potter Cultural Trust
The Foundation’s commitment to the arts is also expressed through The Ian Potter Cultural Trust, a separate legal entity which makes grants to exceptionally talented early career Australian artists. The Cultural Trust provides support to individual artists to help them to undertake professional development opportunities, usually overseas.
A dynamic and well-resourced arts sector is central to a culturally rich, vibrant and innovative society. The Foundation is interested in enhancing the calibre and capacity of the arts sector and supporting excellent organisations to raise the bar of aspiration and achievement.
- To support first-rate artistic institutions and organisations in metropolitan and regional Australia which are distinctive in artistic achievement, imagination and innovation in fostering development across a sector or art form.
- To support such institutions to host artists in high-calibre professional development and/or leadership opportunities of at least 12 months (e.g. fellowships, apprenticeships, mentorships, internships).
Proposals that are collaborative and/or share knowledge with the broader sector are encouraged. In general, the recommended minimum grant amount for institutions and organisations is $100,000 and these are usually considered as multi-year grants. We encourage all organisations to apply regardless of their size; in the case of smaller organisations, the award can be for small amounts over multiple years.
Applicants are required to speak with the Arts Program Manager if submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI).
The Ian Potter Foundation rarely awards the full amount of any project. Please ensure that you have alternative providers of funding, and that your application clearly considers any possible grant from the Foundation in this context. Please also refer to the Funding Principles section for further information.
The Ian Potter Foundation can only make grants to organisations with BOTH Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Item 1 and Tax Concession Charity (TCC) status.
Under the terms of the deed of The Ian Potter Foundation and Australian taxation laws, The Ian Potter Foundation can only make grants to organisations with BOTH Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Item 1 and Tax Concession Charity (TCC) status.
Please make sure you read the funding objectives and specific exclusions for the Arts program area before go through the 'Apply for a Grant' process on the website.
The Foundation does not support Arts events (such as festivals or fairs), performances or exhibitions. This exclusion also applies to the development or production of works of art, where this is the primary purpose of the project.
Projects that fall into any of the following categories will not be considered for funding:
- Retrospective funding – projects which are already underway or which will commence prior to the date indicated in our online application information are not eligible for consideration
- Recurrent expenditure for which there is no future provision
- Capital or endowment funds established to fund a chair or to provide a corpus for institutions
- Research for undergraduate, masters or doctoral students
- Auspicing* is not permitted – the organisation applying must be the one that will run the program or project
- Applications for public charitable purposes outside the Commonwealth of Australia**
- Applications for projects that have previously been declined by the Foundation cannot be resubmitted
- Applications will not be accepted from organisations that have not successfully acquitted previous grants from the Foundation
Auspicing refers to the practice of an ineligible organisation (one that does not have DGR and TCC status) applying to the Foundation via an eligible organisation. Auspicing arrangements are excluded under the Foundation's guidelines. The organisation applying to the Foundation must be the organisation that will run the project or program for which a grant is being sought.
** Geographical constraints on grants
The Foundation is limited to providing money, property or benefits for public charitable purposes in the Commonwealth of Australia. However, the Foundation is able to provide a grant for activities outside the Commonwealth if the grant is made for a public charitable purpose in the Commonwealth. For example, a grant might be made to an Australian university to enable it to fund an overseas study tour by an Australian researcher engaged by the university.
Outcomes & Metrics
It is the aim of the Foundation that the projects it funds will have long-term impact beyond immediate key performance indicators and outputs. In your Arts application, you will be asked to select between two and five long-term goals for your project.
Long-term outcomes are:
- Improved financial sustainability
- Improved operational capacity/capability
- Increased knowledge base
- Improved skill base
- Improved service system/sector collaboration
- Creative collaboration/exchange
- Audience development
- Increase quality of creative/artistic work
- Works produced/presented
- Improved international recognition/standing
- Preserved culture
- Stimulated creativity
- Provided aesthetic enrichment (audience experiences outside the mundane).
In your final report, you will be asked how you progressed on your long-term outcomes. It’s helpful to select your metrics early on, so you can begin to collect information about your success as soon as your project begins. Some suggested metrics can be found in Arts Outcomes & Metrics guide.
Grant requests for Arts are considered via a two-step Expression of Interest process. You can preview the EoI information you will be required to submit.
The online application can only be accessed when a funding round is open.
Step 1: Read ALL the information on this program area page to ensure you meet the eligibility criteria and program area objectives before you begin.
Step 2: Select 'Apply for a Grant' tab below. This tab will only appear when applications are open.
Step 3: You will then need to login by entering your username and password or create an account by clicking New Applicant?.
Step 4: Complete the Eligibility Quiz. If you meet eligibility requirements, you will proceed to the Expression of Interest online form.
After you save and close you can re-access your Expression of Interest via the My Account link using your username and password.
Step 5: If your Expression of Interest is approved by the Program Manager, you will be invited to submit a full application.
Step 6: Complete your application (Stage 2). Ensure your application is submitted by 5pm EST on the closing date.
We require a hard copy including all supporting documents as well as the online application. Both must be received by the 5pm EST deadline on the closing date. Applications may be sent by courier or hand-delivered. Applications postmarked with the closing date will not be accepted.
What happens next?
All grant applications are considered by the Board of Governors at the Foundation’s board meetings, which are held three times a year in April, August & December.
You will be advised of the outcome of your application by phone or email.