The Foundation recently changed its Funding Objectives in the Environment & Conservation program area, deciding to fund projects of $100,000 or more, targeting two particular themes:
- fostering biodiversity
- water and/or land management.
The Ian Potter Foundation is seeking to fund initiatives that support the projects and capacity of organisations working to improve our rivers, wetlands and other inland waters via:
- establishing comprehensive water accounts for river valleys and groundwater systems
- developing comprehensive and transparent regional water plans
- ending broadscale land clearing of remnant native vegetation
- bringing over-allocated rivers and groundwater systems back into balance
- defining, identifying and auditing important floodplains, headwaters, tributaries and catchment areas
- removing earthworks (e.g., levees) that impede environmental flows
- undertaking environmental and economic assessments for new proposals that impact on inland water
- managing invasive species.
This focus on larger, multi-year grants reflects the Foundation's move towards high impact grant-making. It also enables us to build stronger relationships with our grantees, better understand the fields in which they work, and jointly track the effectiveness of the grants we make.
We recognise that this is a critical decade for global action on environmental issues, as the world’s population expands, weather systems become more unpredictable, and species and habitats decline in the face of multiple threats. Philanthropy plays an important role in partnering with the not-for-profit sector, and with governments and industry, in moving Australia towards a healthy and sustainable future.