• 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

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

    Our History
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Grants approved (2018-19)
$25m
Value of Grants (2018-19)
$325+m
Funds distributed since 1964

Funding Rounds

Next Round | Round 2, 2020 | 30 March 2020

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Open Program Areas

Expression of Interest

  • Fair - Community Wellbeing
  • Fair - Early Childhood Development

Important Dates

Expression of Interest

Open:
Monday 30 March 2020
Close:
Friday 17 April 2020

Applications

Open:
Monday 30 March 2020
Close:
Friday 5 June 2020 5pm AEST

Grants announced

mid September 2020

Upcoming | Round 3, 2020 | By invitation only

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This round is for Major grants and by invitation only.

Future | Round 1, 2021 | 19 October 2020

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Open Program Areas

Expression of Interest

  • Vibrant - Arts
  • Healthy - Public Health Research Projects

Application

  • Healthy - Medical Research

Important Dates

Expression of Interest

Open:
Monday 19 October 2020
Close:
Friday 6 November 2020

Applications

Open:
Monday 19 October 2020
Close:
Friday 22 January 2021 5pm AEST

Grants announced

late April 2021

Featured Stories

  • 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.

  • In the December issue of The Seahorse newsletter, CEO Craig Connelly summarises key moments of 2019 and looks ahead to 2020.

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    'Standing in the newly refurbished Ian Potter Queen’s Hall, I reflected on the enduring nature of this major capital project and the important part that philanthropy plays in supporting great public institutions to continue to meet the needs of the wider community.'

  • 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. 

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

    -Craig Connelly, CEO 

Donations

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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