New Funding Guidelines

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The Ian Potter Foundation makes grants nationally to support charitable organisations working to benefit the community across a wide range of sectors and endeavours.

At the September 2019 Board meeting, the Governors of The Ian Potter Foundation approved the establishment of four funding pillars that align with the Foundation's Vision for a Vibrant, Healthy, Fair and Sustainable Australia. 

Vibrant – Arts and Culture

Healthy – Medical Research Equipment and Public Health Research Projects

Fair – Early Childhood Development and Community Wellbeing

Sustainable – Environment

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What this means for grantseekers

From Round 1 2020 (opening in November 2019) all grants will be made based on revised funding guidelines which align with each of these funding pillars.

Not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants that meet the funding guidelines of the following areas.  Major grants are by invitation only.



  • To support first-rate artistic institutions and organisations in metropolitan and regional Australia which are distinctive in artistic achievement, imagination and innovation in fostering development across a sector or art form.
  • To support such institutions to host artists in high-calibre professional development and/or leadership opportunities of at least 12 months (e.g. fellowships, apprenticeships, mentorships, internships).


Medical Research

  • To support the provision of equipment and capital infrastructure to support outstanding research groups.

Public Health Research Projects

  • To support outstanding tertiary institutions, medical research institutes or suitably qualified public health organisations which conduct translational public health research projects.


Early Childhood Development

  • To support innovative programs and sector initiatives in early childhood (0–8 years old), including programs that recognise and foster parental engagement in their children’s learning and development.

Community Wellbeing

  • To create employment pathways for people with disabilities or other vulnerable individuals
  • To assist individuals and families at risk of or experiencing homelessness and all that goes with it.



  • To support ambitious and transformative environmental initiatives including:
    • Support for environment sector
    • Applied environmental science research projects
    • On ground conservation of natural environment projects.

Grantseekers can find more detailed information on the specific funding areas and their objectives by following the links above. If you have any questions regarding the revised funding guidelines which are not answered on the relevant funding area page, please send us a message via our Contact Page, selecting New Funding Guidelines as the Subject.

The Foundation also manages The Alec Prentice Sewell Gift. Grants made through The Alec Prentice Sewell Gift aim to improve the opportunities available for disadvantaged children and lay the foundations for future positive health, social and educational outcomes. The common thread of the grants is that they support education and encourage an interest in the environment, or the arts and literature, to create opportunities for personal development and assist children to overcome barriers that may limit their achievement.

While each of the above funding areas has its own grantmaking priorities and objectives, the Foundation’s funding principles remain; to support and encourage excellence, fund prevention rather than cure, seek to fund innovative solutions and ideas, ensure greater impact through collaboration and partnerships and cultivate leadership in the Australian social sector.

As a contemporary philanthropic foundation, we believe it is important to work in collaboration with other funders. We take a strategic approach to grantmaking to try to ensure each grant has the greatest possible impact on a particular problem, challenge or opportunity.



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