May 4 2022

Grants Round Up April 2022

By The Ian Potter Foundation

$19m awarded

In the latest funding round, $18,961,327 was awarded comprising seven Major grants ($12,010,000), 23 program area grants, three grants funded by The Alec Prentice Sewell Gift, three impact enhancement grants ($54,000), one sector support grant ($125,000) and $213,827 to The Ian Potter Cultural Trust. 

Program area grants totalled $4,908,500 and were awarded in the following areas: Arts, Community Wellbeing, Early Childhood Development, Medical Research and Public Health Research. 

Details of all grants can be found in our Grants Database. 

Artist's impression of inside of building showing light-filled atrium with staircase leading to various floors containing labs and offices.
Rendering showing the planned state-of-the-art Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery facility on the St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne campus in Fitzroy'

Major Grants

St Vincent's Institute of Medical Research – $2.5 million over 5 years

Bringing the Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery to Life

In 2016, the Foundation awarded St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research $2.5 million towards the establishment of the Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery (ACMD) becoming an early partner in this visionary initiative.  As the physical premises of the ACMD move closer to completion, this further funding will support the ACMD executive to develop and implement the necessary structures (people, programs and equipment) to see this centre thrive.  

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SANE Australia – $2.5 million over 5 years
Transformation and Impact: Capacity investment in SANE’s vision for complex mental health in Australia 

As a grantee well known to the Foundation, and after the development by the executive and Board of SANE Australia of a 10-year vision and detailed three-year strategic plan, the Foundation has approved a $2.5 million capacity-building grant, payable over five years, that will support four key business enablers:

  1. Digital transformation to build capacity and smart systems
  2. Marketing/brand awareness to increase the number of people accessing programs and services and to support the growth of community efforts to eliminate stigma and discrimination
  3. Quality assurance to deliver best-in-class, inclusive, innovative programs and services, model leadership on psychological safety and inclusive workforce, achieve and maintain accreditation 
  4. Data evaluation and research to ensure SANE’s work is evidence-based, targets greatest need and monitors trends in stigma and inclusion. 

Investing in its capacity will support SANE to meet its strategic goals, ultimately enhancing the capacity of this organisation to improve the lives of many Australians suffering complex mental health issues. 

Murdoch University – $1.86 million over 5 years
Family Empowerment Across Life - Indigenous Growth: the FEALING Program 

Murdoch University's Ngangk Yira Institute for Change (formerly Ngangk Yira Research Centre) was
 established in 2018 to support the University's commitment to improving Aboriginal health, wellbeing and social equity through innovative and translational research. All research conducted at Ngangk Yira is firstly informed by the Aboriginal community, via the Institute’s Elder’s Advisory Council, and other forums. 

This funding will jointly support core research positions to deliver the Family Empowerment Across Life – INdigenous Growth (FEALING) Program, a central strategic focus for Ngangk Yira as it transitions to an Institute. The FEALING Program projects are integrated with other Institute work across three research pillars and are viewed through a Systems and Policy lens to ensure sustainability and measurable/quantifiable real-world outcomes. 

This grant will support the Institute’s capacity to engage, develop and retain Aboriginal Researchers through mentoring and promoting early and mid-career Aboriginal academics and postgraduate students in a culturally supportive environment, with access to strong cultural and professional networks. The Institute’s research team will focus on generating evidence through research projects which respond to articulated Aboriginal community needs related to maternal and child, youth, and lifelong family health. 

Homes for Homes Limited – $1.25 million over 4 years
Homes for Homes: increasing supply of social and affordable housing in Australia 

This capacity-building grant supports Homes for Homes to complete the scaling-up phase of its
 successful model for recurrent funding of social and affordable housing. The Homes for Homes model comprises: 

  • Raising funds by providing the opportunity for property owners and renters to donate 0.1% of their sale price (or rent) 
  • Granting funds (pooled property donations) to housing associations to create social and affordable housing. 

To date, Homes for Homes has granted over $1.28m in funding to thirteen projects across VIC, NT, QLD and the ACT. These projects will provide housing for 96 people. 

Funding from the Foundation will support Homes for Homes reaching sustainability at the end of FY29 when ongoing activities will be funded by drawing down a small percentage of donations received. 

Greening Australia Ltd – $2.5 million over 5 years
Research and development to build best practice into native seed production in a changing world

Greening Australia is leading a major national initiative that addresses the availability of good quality native seed for land restoration. The initiative comprises a capital works program to build 10 state-of-the-art seed production facilities and a research and development (R&D) component. This grant will support the R&D project bringing together key stakeholders across both the demand and supply sides of the native seed industry to create a coordinated research program and to share knowledge widely. This will empower the land management sector, across all tenures, to be science-led as we embark on the UN Decade of Restoration.

The overall project has received $15m from government for the proof of concept, and Greening Australia is working collaboratively across the university research sector, NGO institutes, farming, and land management groups to ensure knowledge sharing. 

University of Melbourne – $1 million over 4 years
The Biodiversity Council: bringing transformative change through public awareness and empowerment 

This grant supports an initiative led by the University of Melbourne to establish a council of interdisciplinary biodiversity experts to transform public awareness and trigger action to protect Australia's unique species, places and the ecosystems that sustain us.

The Biodiversity Council will be the peak independent scientific voice for biodiversity in Australia, providing authoritative analysis, synthesis, and communication. Supported by behaviour change and communications experts, the Council will explain the consequences of environmental policy inaction and unsustainable practices in terms of threats to food security, health and wellbeing, clean air and water, and the livelihoods and lifestyles of future generations.  

The Council will identify and promote tangible avenues for action, policy improvements and business opportunities that will have a positive impact on nature and people. 

 Learn more about grants awarded this round in our program areas.