May 4 2022
By The Ian Potter Foundation
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.
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.
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:
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'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.
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:
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 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.
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.