• 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.

    Our Vision
  • What We Support

    The Foundation makes grants through several fundings areas that are aligned with its Vision for a vibrant, healthy, fair and sustainable Australia

    Funding 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
  • Funding Rounds

    See when our funding areas are next open.

    Funding Rounds
  • Our Story

    The Ian Potter Foundation since 1964.

    We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we work.
    We pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

    Honour the past, embrace the future.

    Our History
Grants approved (2018-19)
Value of Grants (2018-19)
Funds distributed since 1964

Funding Rounds

Next Round | Round 3, 2020 | By invitation only

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This round is by invitation only.

Future | Round 1, 2021 | 19 October 2020

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Funding areas and dates to be advised late August 2020.

Future | Round 2, 2021 | 29 March 2021

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Featured Stories

  • We can confirm that funding rounds 2 and 3 this year will not open. For the remainder of 2020, the Foundation will consider grant applications by invitation only.

    We now have more than ample funding opportunities to consider and so we will not be considering any further funding requests for the 2020 calendar year.  

    We are no longer accepting inbound funding enquiries and have therefore closed the temporary Grantseeker Enquiry form.


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    We thank those organisations who have submitted their enquiry and been patient while our program managers have reviewed these and determined which are of interest to the Foundation.

  • Due to the COVID-19 virus, The Ian Potter Foundation has instituted a series of operational protocols for the coming weeks and months to ensure the health and wellbeing of our staff and the organisations and individuals with which we work. These protocols will remain in place until further notice.

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    We encourage all our colleagues in the not-for-profit and philanthropic sectors to stay safe, follow all government advice and ensure you continue to practice safe hygiene at all times. 

  • This past year has been one of reflection and renewal at the Foundation.  The Board’s decision, at its planning day in October 2018, to add ‘sustainable’ as a fourth element in the Foundation’s vision informed this renewal.

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    'We seek a partnership with our grantees, to pursue a strategic relationship built on mutual respect, trust and an environment that promotes transparency and open, honest conversation.'

  • In October 2018, the Board added ‘sustainable’ to the vision of the Foundation to reflect the history of The Ian Potter Foundation as a strong supporter of Australian environmental and conservation initiatives.

    The four elements of our renewed vision – vibrant, healthy, fair and sustainable –  inform all of our funding objectives. From 2020, the Foundation's funding areas will align with these pillars.

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    'There are many problems that need to be addressed in our society. No one philanthropic foundation can expect to focus on all issues. That is why the Board of Governors continues to refer back to the Foundation’s Vision and Mission to maintain focus on making a difference.'

  • At the September 2019 Board meeting, the Governors of The Ian Potter Foundation approved the establishment of four funding pillars:

    Vibrant – Arts and Culture

    Healthy – Medical Research equipment and Public Health Research Projects

    Fair – Early Childhood Development and Community Wellbeing

    Sustainable – Environment


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    From Round 1, 2020 applications can be made within these funding areas.

    Check the Funding Rounds page to see when each funding area is open in 2020.


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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