The information below is designed to help you determine if your organisation meets eligibility requirements, and understand our General Exclusions.  

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Are you from a research institution?

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Who can apply?

Is your organisation eligible?

  1. We only fund organisations based and operating in Australia.
  2. We can only make grants to organisations with BOTH Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Item 1 and Tax Concession Charity (TCC) status.

Are you eligible?

We've made it easy for you to find out if your organisation is eligible to apply for a grant.

Just take this short, 5-minute quiz.

The Ian Potter Foundation

Eligibility Quiz - NFP sector

Please complete this quiz to determine if you are eligible to apply for a grant from The Ian Potter Foundation.

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What we don't fund

  • Retrospective funding – projects which are already underway or which will commence prior to the date indicated in our online application information are not eligible for consideration.
  • Recurrent expenditure for which there is no future provision.
  • Capital or endowment funds established to fund a chair or to provide a corpus for institutions.
  • Research for undergraduate, masters or doctoral students.
  • Auspicing* is not permitted – the organisation applying must be the one that will run the program or project.
  • Program areas may also have specific exclusions. Please check the relevant program area page.
  • Applications for public charitable purposes outside the Commonwealth of Australia**.
  • Applications for projects that have previously been declined by the Foundation cannot be resubmitted.
  • Applications will not be accepted from organisations that have not successfully acquitted previous grants from the Foundation
  • We do not directly support schools.
  • Program areas may also have specific exclusions. Please check the relevant program area page.

Auspicing refers to the practice of an ineligible organisation (one that does not have DGR and TCC status) applying to the Foundation via an eligible organisation. Auspicing arrangements are excluded under the Foundation's guidelines. The organisation applying to the Foundation must be the organisation that will run the project or program for which a grant is being sought.

The Foundation is limited to providing money, property or benefits for public charitable purposes in the Commonwealth of Australia. However, the Foundation is able to provide a grant for activities outside the Commonwealth if the grant is made for a public charitable purpose in the Commonwealth. For example, a grant might be made to an Australian university to enable it to fund an overseas study tour by an Australian researcher engaged by the university.

Our Program Areas

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

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