• 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 fair, healthy, sustainable and vibrant 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 (2019-20)
Value of Grants (2019-20)
Funds distributed since 1964

Featured Stories

  • In the first funding round for 2021, the Foundation has awarded 32 grants totalling $9,478,790.  These comprised $4,018,340 across 12 grants in Arts; $2,555,450 across 6 grants in Public Health Research Projects; $1,445,000 towards 10 Medical Research grants; two Community Wellbeing grants totalling $900,000; one Major grant of $500,000, and one $10,000 Impact Enhancement grant.

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    32 grants awarded totalling $9,478,790

  • From 2022, the Public Health Research and Arts programs will open for applications each year in Round 3.

    These changes mean that the next open round for Public Health Research and the Arts will be Round 3 2022 which opens in June 2022.

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  • In his December CEO report, Craig Connelly reflects on the past year and shares why he feels hopeful for the future. He also shares exciting news of the Foundation's funding pledge to NGV Contemporary:

    The Ian Potter Foundation is pleased to support the NGV’s ambitious $200 million philanthropic fundraising effort with the Foundation’s largest-ever grant of $20 million supporting the development of NGV Contemporary.


    Image: A bird's eye view of the Melbourne Arts Precinct from Southbank Boulevard facing north (artist impression). Image by HASSELL + SO-IL

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    Congratulations to Lady Potter on being recognised with the Creative Partnerships Australia Arts Visionary Award for 2020, a wonderful and well-deserved acknowledgement of Lady Potter’s tireless and passionate support for the arts over many decades. 

  • In its latest funding round, The Ian Potter Foundation awarded 13 grants totalling $6,398,000.

    In the Environment program, five grants totalling $3 million were awarded to initiatives focussed on managing biodiversity.

    Five Community Wellbeing grants totalling $2 million were awarded to a range of organisations working to advance the social enterprise sector. 

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    Main image: Social enterprises exist to drive social and environmental change. Buying goods and services from them is the most effective means of breaking the cycle of disadvantage for thousands of Australians. Image courtesy of Social Traders.

    Second image: Carr Creek on the Tar Ru Lands in far western NSW, near Wentworth, part of the Murray River floodplain system. Image courtesy of Murray Darling Wetlands Working Group.


  • Within the Community Wellbeing program, five multi-year grants (totalling $984k) were awarded aiming to prevent homelessness, improve employment opportunities for at-risk individuals and provide wrap-around support for people experiencing mental illness.

    Five grants (totalling $2.21m) were awarded to organisations seeking to improve early childhood education and services to ensure all young Australians are provided with the essential building blocks for later life.


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    In the September 2020 funding round the Board awarded 10 grants totalling $3,284,000 across the Community Wellbeing and Early Childhood Development funding areas.


    Main image courtesy of SNAICC – National Voice for our Children.
    Second image courtesy of Smiling Mind.

Funding Rounds

Next Round | Round 1, 2022 | Applications open Monday 18 October 2021

Compounds Australia 1

Open Program Areas


  • Healthy - Medical Research

Important Dates


Monday 18 October 2021
Tuesday 25 January 2022 5pm AEST

Grants announced

early May 2022

Upcoming | Round 2, 2022 | EOIs open Monday 14 March 2022


Open Program Areas

Expression of Interest

  • Fair - Community Wellbeing
  • Fair - Early Childhood Development
  • Sustainable - Environment

Important Dates

Expression of Interest

Monday 14 March 2022
Thursday 31 March 2022

Grants announced

late September 2022

Future | Round 3, 2022 | EOIS open Monday 6 June 2022

Dancenorth 1 image by Amber Haines

Open Program Areas

Expression of Interest

  • Vibrant - Arts
  • Healthy - Public Health Research

Important Dates

Expression of Interest

Monday 6 June 2022
Friday 24 June 2022

Grants announced

mid December 2022


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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