• 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 nine 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 (2016-17)
Value of Grants (2016-17)
Funds distributed since 1964

Funding Rounds

Current Round | Round 1, 2019 | Applications open 5 November 2018


Open Program Areas

Expression of Interest

  • Arts
  • Health & Disability

Important Dates

Expression of Interest

Monday 5 November 2018
Friday 7 December 2018


Monday 5 November 2018
Tuesday 29 January 2019

For Projects/Travel After

3 May 2019

Next Round | Round 2, 2019 | Applications open 25 March 2019


Open Program Areas

Expression of Interest

  • Community Wellbeing
  • Education
  • Environment & Conservation
  • Science


  • Medical Research

Important Dates

Expression of Interest

Monday 25 March 2019
Wednesday 17 April 2019


Monday 25 March 2019
Tuesday 4 June 2019

For Projects/Travel After

20 September 2019

Upcoming | Round 3, 2019 |

Taronga Institute of Science and Learning

This round is by invitation only.

Featured Stories

  • The Board of The Ian Potter Foundation recently considered the future of the Conference and Travel program areas as part of its ongoing evaluation of all program areas.

    As a result of this process, The Ian Potter Foundation has decided to close its Conference program effective immediately. The Travel program will be suspended through 2019 to allow time for an in-depth review to determine how best to continue providing support to early career researchers.

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  • In August 2018, our Program Management team and our CEO will be travelling to the Northern Territory to meet with not-for-profit organisations across all the sectors the Foundation supports.  

    We will be holding our annual Grantseeker Information Forum in Darwin on Thursday 30 August at the Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin Hospital. 

    For those elsewhere in Australia or unable to attend on the day, we are running three sessions as webinars.

    Find slideshows and hand-outs here

    Join the event mailing list to get updates on booking a spot at the Information Forum.

    Register to attend

  • The latest funding round has resulted in 70 grants totaling $2,409,075 being awarded. The Arts and Knowledge & Learning programs were open for applications. However, several applications which had been undergoing further development from previous rounds were also considered under Community Wellbeing, Environment & Conservation, Health & Disability and Medical Research

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    Design Tasmania exterior. Photograph by Chris Crerar. (Main)

    Design Centre Fundraiser. Photograph by Emily Dimozantos (Inset)

  • The Foundation’s Board has recently reviewed the funding objectives relating to the Health component of the Health & Disability program area. This review is part of the Foundation’s ongoing evaluation of all its program area funding objectives since 2015. 

    The Board also recently decided to review the International Learning & Development (ILD) program. Consequently ILD will be closed in Round 2, 2018.

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    New funding guidelines for Health & Disability.

    International Learning & Development closed for review.

  • This month we welcome our latest group of grantees, whose applications were approved by the Board at the Foundation’s first Board meeting for 2018.  It is a relatively small group of grantees this round as we reach the end of a period of reduced program area funding. Over the past two years, the Foundation has successfully managed the dual challenge of significant pre-existing multi-year commitments combined with the introduction in April 2016 of our Major Grants funding stream.  This necessitated more stringent management of reduced program area budgets for a time, a situation that will change as we move into the 2019 fiscal year.

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    Earlier this year, I was fortunate to attend my 3rd National Questacon Invention Convention.  The convention is just one part of Questacon’s Smart Skills Initiative and yet again, I was extremely impressed by the innovation and lateral thinking demonstrated by an eager group of 14­-18 year old school students. 

    Craig Connelly


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September 20 2018

CEO Report September 2018

It’s been a busy few months since our last newsletter. The progra...

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September 20 2018

Grants Round Up, Round 2 2018

This round the Foundation awarded 71 grants totaling $7,368,221 i...

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September 19 2018

Travelling North

Last month, the program management team headed to the Northern Te...

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September 10 2018

Conference program to close, Travel program suspended through 2019

The Board of The Ian Potter Foundation recently considered the fu...


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