Due to the COVID-19 virus, The Ian Potter Foundation has instituted a series of operational protocols for the coming weeks and months to ensure the health and wellbeing of our staff and the organisations and individuals with which we work. These protocols will remain in place until further notice.
From Monday 23 March, our office will be operational between 10 am and 4 pm Monday to Friday to receive general enquiries by phone or email only. Where these enquiries need to be referred to specific staff members, messages will be forwarded to staff for them to reply by phone or email as necessary.
From Monday 23 March, all staff will be working remotely and available by email during normal business hours.
From Monday 23 March, there will be no meetings with external parties held at either our office nor will staff meet externally at other organisations. Our staff will organise all required meetings via Zoom (video conferencing). Any external participants can join Zoom meetings via the internet or telephone, they do not need a Zoom account or any special equipment.
Business travel bans
There are travel bans in place for both domestic and international travel for all staff.
No domestic travel will be undertaken by staff from COB Wednesday 18 March until further notice.
No international travel will be undertaken by staff effective immediately until further notice.
All relevant self-quarantine requirements as stipulated by the Commonwealth government will be adhered to as required by our staff.
Round 1, 2020
The April board meeting will proceed as scheduled and our Board will consider grant applications for Round 1, 2020 as per normal practice.
Round 2, 2020 (updated 24/3/20)
We are currently reviewing which program areas will be supported in this funding round.
The unfolding COVID 19 pandemic, Australia's recent devastating bushfires, and the looming deep financial recession mean that many community charitable institutions are likely to need financial support to ensure they are well placed to support vulnerable communities that they serve.
We will provide a further update on or around 20 April 2020.
We encourage all our colleagues in the not-for-profit and philanthropic sectors to stay safe, follow all government advice and ensure you continue to practice safe hygiene at all times.