At its latest meeting, the Board of The Ian Potter Foundation approved grants for a range of exciting projects across many program areas. At this meeting, the Board also considered proposed new funding guidelines that will ensure our future grantmaking remains firmly linked to the four elements of the Foundation’s vision for a vibrant, healthy, fair and sustainable Australia.
The Governors and staff of the Foundation were deeply saddened by the recent passing of Dr Thomas Hurley AO, OBE. Dr Hurley was Governor of the Foundation from 1978 to 2014. He remains the Foundation’s longest serving Governor.
The latest funding round saw 25 grants awarded totalling $5,541,808. The majority of these grants were made to not-for-profit organisations working in the arts, health and disability sectors. However, there were several out-of-round grants made in other program areas such as Education and Medical Research resulting from invited applications.
Over the past 12 months, the Travel and International Learning & Development (ILD) program areas have been closed while they underwent a review. This review has now been completed and the Board have decided to permanently close both the Travel and ILD program areas.
Many of the Foundation's early grants across several program areas reflect an awareness of the importance of environmental conservation, but it wasn't until the early 1980s that the issue gained real traction. The direction was set for the Foundation's future environmental and conservation funding by a $1 million grant in 1982 to enable the Potter Farmland Plan. The grant focused on sustainable farm management practices that ultimately contributed to the creation of Australia's Landcare movement.