• 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
  • Latest Annual Report

    Read our latest Annual Grants Report to learn about how the Foundation proactively seeks partnerships with sector leaders wanting to build their capacity, initiate innovative programs and/or scale up proven approaches.

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Grants approved (2017-18)
Value of Grants (2017-18)
Funds distributed since 1964

Funding Rounds

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 |

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This round is for Major grants and by invitation only.

Future | Round 1, 2020 | Applications open 4 November 2019

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Open Program Areas

Expression of Interest

  • Arts

Important Dates

Expression of Interest

Monday 4 November 2019
Friday 22 November 2019


Monday 4 November 2019
Friday 24 January 2020

For Projects/Travel After

1 May 2020

Featured Stories

  • 'I am pleased to share that the vision for the Foundation is now '…a vibrant, healthy, fair and sustainable Australia'. In October 2018, the Board of The Ian Potter Foundation approved the recommendation to add ‘sustainable’ to the vision of the Foundation. 

    Adding ‘sustainable’ as a fourth element to our vision reflects the history of The Ian Potter Foundation as a strong supporter of Australian environmental and conservation initiatives and confirms our commitment to grantmaking informed by the best science and the strongest evidence of the time.'

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    Craig Connelly shares the news of the Board's decision to add a fourth element to the vision of The Ian Potter Foundation. He also explains the reasoning behind this and what comes next for the Foundation. 

  • The Foundation continues to proactively seek partnerships with sector leaders wanting to build their capacity, initiate innovative programs and/or scale up proven approaches. This year 142 grants totalling $24.5m were awarded to many long-term as well as new not-for-profit partners.

    This year's report also includes a review of grants supporting Indigenous communities, health and education over the past five decades.

    Learn more our grantees, their projects and the Foundation's overall approach to grantmaking.

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    The Ian Potter Foundation has always proactively sought partnerships with not-for-profit organisations. This year has seen several new partnerships established through major grants awarded to organisations supporting Indigenous communities and people at risk of homelessness.

    - Craig Connelly, CEO

  • 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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  • 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

    Read more


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    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.


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March 19 2019

The shape of due diligence

We explain how a Hexagon can help assess grant applications.

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February 19 2019

Improving your impact

Here's a short video of our CEO Craig Connelly discussing why bui...

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December 19 2018

CEO Report December 2018

Craig Connelly shares the news of the Board's decision to add a f...


December 14 2018

Awards galore for grantees

This year several grantee projects and programs funded by the Fou...


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