• The Ian Potter Foundation

    The Ian Potter Foundation makes grants nationally to support charitable organisations working to benefit the community across a wide range of sectors and endeavours.

    See when each of our program areas is next open for applications.

    Funding Rounds
  • What We Support

    The Foundation makes grants through seven program areas which reflect Sir Ian's interest in the arts, the environment, science, medical research, education and community wellbeing.

    Program Areas
  • Our Philosophy

    We are a major Australian philanthropic foundation that supports and promotes excellence and innovation, facilitating positive social change, and developing Australia’s creativity and capacity as a nation.

    Funding Principles
  • Our Vision

    A vibrant, healthy, fair and sustainable Australia

    Vision and Mission
  • Our Story

    Honour the past, embrace the future. The Ian Potter Foundation since 1964.

    Our History
Grants approved (2017-18)
Value of Grants (2017-18)
Funds distributed since 1964

Funding Rounds

Upcoming | Round 1, 2020 | Applications open 4 November 2019

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Open Program Areas

Expression of Interest

  • Arts

Important Dates

Expression of Interest

Monday 4 November 2019
Friday 22 November 2019


Monday 4 November 2019
Friday 24 January 2020 5pm AEST

Grants announced

late April 2020

Future | Round 2, 2020 | 30 March 2020

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Program Areas to open in this round will be announced late September 2019.


Important Dates


EOIs/Applications open: 30 March 2020

EOIs close: 17 April 2020 (5pm AEST)

Applications close: 5 June 2020 (5pm AEST)

Grants announced mid-September 2020



Featured Stories

  • Over the next few months, our management team will be working with the Board to hone the Foundation’s funding objectives across all program areas.  Changes to program area objectives will be effective from Round 1, 2020.
    We expect to be able to announce the full details of revised funding guidelines in late September 2019.

    Learn more

    Check the Funding Rounds page on our website for further updates in September 2019.

  • This week The Ian Potter Foundation was honoured to receive, alongside the Rockefeller Foundation and the C&A Foundation, the inaugural #OpenForGood Award by Candid at the Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) conference in Seattle, USA. 

    Learn more

    "Receiving this award strengthens our resolve to strive for greater transparency in our grantmaking."

    -Craig Connelly, CEO 

  • In the May issue of The Seahorse newsletter, CEO Craig Connelly outlines the Foundation's focus in the coming months.

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    'The Board of The Ian Potter Foundation met recently and approved a range of exciting projects across many program areas. At this meeting, the Board also considered proposed new funding guidelines that will ensure our future grantmaking remains firmly linked to the four elements of the Foundation’s vision for a vibrant, healthy, fair and sustainable Australia.'  - Craig Connelly




  • In late 2018, Dr Squirrel Main, Evaluation & Research Manager at The Ian Potter Foundation travelled to the US to attend the American Evaluation Association Annual Conference. During this trip, Squirrel attended the Foundation Evaluation Directors’ Meeting where she was able to exchange ideas with 20 peers in the US philanthropic sector.  Here Dr Main shares her learnings and reflections from this knowledge sharing opportunity.

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    Another trend included a greater acceptance of diverse evaluation methodologies.  Emergent evaluation of trickier approaches like capacity building and collaborative grantmaking were still new within the field.

  • 'I am pleased to share that the vision for the Foundation is now '…a vibrant, healthy, fair and sustainable Australia'. In October 2018, the Board of The Ian Potter Foundation approved the recommendation to add ‘sustainable’ to the vision of the Foundation. 

    Adding ‘sustainable’ as a fourth element to our vision reflects the history of The Ian Potter Foundation as a strong supporter of Australian environmental and conservation initiatives and confirms our commitment to grantmaking informed by the best science and the strongest evidence of the time.'

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    Craig Connelly shares the news of the Board's decision to add a fourth element to the vision of The Ian Potter Foundation. He also explains the reasoning behind this and what comes next for the Foundation. 


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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