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.
The Foundation’s recent funding round focused on Major grants and invited applications. Four Major grants totaling just over $9 million were awarded. An additional three program grants were awarded totaling $660,000.
In September Louise Arkles, our Environment & Conservation Program Manager, had a rare and precious opportunity to escape from the grants treadmill and spend time with colleagues in North America. Here, she reflects on her observations and learnings from the trip.
What’s the connection between land management, biodiversity and mental health? This is the question that a new 5-year project led by the ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society seeks to investigate.
At a recent Greening Australia Friends of Conservation event, Professor Tom Healy was invited to speak on behalf of The Ian Potter Foundation. Prof Healy addressed over 50 guests representing government, business, members and donor, about the reasons for the Foundation's support for Greening Australia and the Foundation's long history of support for environment and conservation projects in Australia
Over the past year, our Environment & Conservation program has been a key focus of Foundation’s strategic planning and grant-making. In the Foundation’s latest Annual Report – Insight + Focus , 2015–16 we review the history of this critical program area.
Every year, the Foundation has an invitation-only funding round which allows the Foundation to invite applications from particular organisations for projects that address specific issues or areas of concern. To this end, a recent initiative taken by the Foundation was the Water Forum held at Griffith University’s Rivers Institute in July this year.
In celebration of Science Week, the Foundation has drawn together three case studies of recent Science grants providing opportunities for early career researchers, in the form of fellowships and multi-disciplinary collaboration.
These case studies also focus on environmental science research, an area where we believe particular emphasis is needed.
Due to significant forward commitments, grant applications in Science, Environment & Conservation and the Arts will not open for Round 2, 2016.
Changes have recently been made to the funding objectives for the Environment & Conservation program area . This new objectives now apply and need to be met for all grant applications from Funding Round 1 (2016).