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.

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May 10 2023

CEO Update May 2023

Since joining the Foundation in March, I have spent time getting to know the Foundation's Board of Governors, its staff, and visiting several of our grantees to learn about their great work in the community, 

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May 10 2023

Grants Round Up April 2023

The latest funding round (Round 1 2023) awarded $22.8 million in grants. These included five major grants ($14 million), seven Arts grants ($3 million), 17 Medical Research grants ($2 million), and two Early Childhood Development grants ($1.75 million).

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May 10 2023

Investment Dialogue for Australia's Children

The Investment Dialogue for Australia‚Äôs Children is a cross-sector collaboration to improve the wellbeing of children, young people, and their families by working with Australian communities to reduce intergenerational disadvantage.

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  • 90

    Grants Approved (2021-22)

  • $41.6m

    Value of Grants (2021-22)

  • +$420m

    Funds distributed since 1964

Our Program Areas

Find more detailed information on particular objectives on the program area pages.

Women bottling preserves


Community Wellbeing

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MR Melb Health 0121Bio21Cluster


Medical Research

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Early Childhood Development

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Public Health Research

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Funding Rounds

Current | Round 3 2023

Expressions of Interest open

Monday 29 May 2023

Can I apply?

Open Program Areas

Expressions of Interest

Important Dates

  • Expressions of Interest

    Open Monday 29 May 2023

    Close Wednesday 21 June 2023, 5PM AEST

  • Applications

    Close Friday 1 September 2023, 5PM AEST

  • Grants announced
    Mid December 2023

Donations welcome

Support Australia's most innovative projects through a donation to The Ian Potter Foundation.