Our Grant Making Philosophy

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Encompassing a broad range of endeavours, our program areas are:

  • Arts
  • Community Wellbeing
  • Education
  • Environment & Conservation
  • Health & Disability
  • Knowledge & Learning (including Conference, Travel and International Learning & Development)
  • Medical Research
  • Science, and
  • Major Grants

The Foundation also manages the Alec Prentice Sewell Gift which makes grants through the Education, Community Wellbeing and Arts program areas.

While each program area has its own grant-making priorities and objectives, the Foundation’s general principles are to fund prevention rather than cure, and to support and encourage excellence. We also look for innovative solutions and ideas, and assess the long-term sustainability of the projects we support. As a contemporary philanthropic foundation we believe it is important to work in collaboration with others. We take a strategic approach to grant-making to try to ensure each grant has the greatest possible impact on a particular problem, challenge or opportunity.

Given the significant obstacles faced by many of Australia’s Indigenous people, The Ian Potter Foundation has developed specific funding guidelines for all Indigenous projects we consider.  The Foundation’s funding of Indigenous projects will focus on:

  • Early intervention/prevention/impact on whole of life outcomes.
  • Organisations that are enhancing Aboriginal leadership and capacity building, and aim at real success in jobs and tertiary achievement.
  • Groups that take account of Aboriginal knowledge, culture, healing and empowerment.
  • Long term, evidence based implementation with evaluation (i.e. not funding research unless it is translational).

It is our intention that through this approach, the Foundation’s philanthropy is making a meaningful and lasting contribution, supporting a vibrant, healthy community in which good ideas can be explored and every person has the opportunity to fulfill their potential.

To learn more about the Foundation’s work please visit the featured stories and take a look at the case studies on this website.



Support Australia's most innovative projects through a donation to The Ian Potter Foundation. Your donation will support projects that address areas of particular need or opportunity, managed by credible organisations with solid track records in their particular fields.

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