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.
It’s been a busy few months since our last newsletter. The program management team and I have recently undertaken a week-long scoping trip to the Northern Territory visiting Alice Springs and Darwin. The latest funding round saw grants made to organisations in every state and territory.
This round the Foundation awarded 71 grants totaling $7,368,221 in Community Wellbeing, Medical Research, Education, Science, Environment & Conservation, Travel and Conference. Grants were made to organisations from every state and territory.
At the recent board meeting, applications were considered in the Arts, Health & Disability and Knowledge & Learning program areas. Seventy grants were awarded, valuing $2.4 million.
We are issuing our annual call for evaluators interested in being listed in The Ian Potter Foundation’s Evaluator Pool (TIPFEP) 2018. We use TIPFEP to recommend evaluators to our grantees with the objective of producing high-quality evaluation reports that will lead to projects leveraging ongoing funding.
The latest funding round (Round 3, 2017) is the annual Foundation’s 'by invitation' round that concentrates on Major Grants, accompanied by a number of other applications in several program areas. A total of $12.8m was awarded to 14 grantees.
There is a continuing concern that women are under-represented in science and that this is not just due to current career glass ceilings but also to girls not choosing to study STEM subjects at high school and university. So, how do we solve the problem of getting girls interested in STEM?
Following a very busy funding round in April, and with applications closed in a number of program areas this round, a smaller number of high value projects were considered by the Board of Governors at our September meeting. Of a total $14,044,000 in new approved grants, $12 million has been awarded to three outstanding projects in our new Major Grants stream. Due to existing forward commitments some of these projects will receive first payments in 2018 or 2019.
In the core program areas, just under $2 million will be shared across 14 projects plus a further 34 grants totalling $134,000 in our Knowledge and Learning stream.