In 2015-16 the Foundation's Board of Governors decided to separate out Major Grants within its grant making program. Through the Major Grants stream, the Foundation will continue to recognise and consider iconic or major projects, most of which will not fit within defined program area funding guidelines.
Projects are proactively sought out by Foundation staff and/or Board members and select applications are then considered once a year by the Foundation’s Board of Governors.
The establishment of the Major Grants stream aims to protect funding allocations for the Foundation’s core program areas while ensuring the Foundation's tradition of large, catalytic grants can continue to assist the delivery of key major projects in the community.
As of October 2017, the Board of The Ian Potter Foundation committed to focusing its Major Grant funding for the next few years in some key areas. The following articulates those projects the Board will consider as prospective Major Grants.
Indigenous Projects and Homeless Accommodation demonstration projects
For the next three years (2017–2019) the Board will consider:
- Demonstration projects that seek to build accommodation for the homeless, such projects to be potentially scalable and replicable nationally,
- Large scale projects designed to benefit Indigenous Australians, that are consistent with the Foundation’s funding guidelines for Indigenous projects.
Environmental and Public Health projects
For the four years from 2018 to 2021 the Board will also consider:
- Environmental programs with a strong evidence base seeking to:
- Reduce land based run-off that negatively impacts on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef
- Support high quality organisations working to reduce the impact of climate change on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef
- Support international and national science studies focused on the health and resilience of the Great Barrier Reef
- Support outstanding institutions and/or outstanding individuals seeking to better manage Australia’s fresh water resources in urban and regional areas.
2. Public Health programs focused on:
- The prevention and treatment of mental health conditions
- Identifying policy and/or project opportunities addressing improved health services delivery.
Examples of recent Major Grants
- Orygen, National Centre for Excellence in Youth Health ($3m)
- Taronga Institute of Science and Learning ($1.5m)
- The Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery (ACMD) ($2.5m)
- The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at Southbank ($9m)
- The Australian Ballet, “Raise the Roof” Redeveloping the Primrose Potter Australian Ballet Centre ($1.5m)
- Sydney University, Chau Chak Wing Museum ($5m)
- University of Tasmania, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Centre for Tasmania ($5m)
- The Ian Potter Queen's Hall, State Library of Victoria ($10m)
- VU Polytechnic Sunshine Skills Hub ($5m)
Major Grants are by invitation only. Invited applicants will be requested to submit their application which will be considered by the Board of Governors.
This stream will be reviewed annually to ensure it continues to meet the funding principles of the Foundation.