Featured Stories

Featured Stories

  • In the first funding round for 2021, the Foundation has awarded 32 grants totalling $9,478,790.  These comprised $4,018,340 across 12 grants in Arts; $2,555,450 across 6 grants in Public Health Research Projects; $1,445,000 towards 10 Medical Research grants; two Community Wellbeing grants totalling $900,000; one Major grant of $500,000, and one $10,000 Impact Enhancement grant.

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    32 grants awarded totalling $9,478,790

  • From 2022, the Public Health Research and Arts programs will open for applications each year in Round 3.

    These changes mean that the next open round for Public Health Research and the Arts will be Round 3 2022 which opens in June 2022.

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  • In his December CEO report, Craig Connelly reflects on the past year and shares why he feels hopeful for the future. He also shares exciting news of the Foundation's funding pledge to NGV Contemporary:

    The Ian Potter Foundation is pleased to support the NGV’s ambitious $200 million philanthropic fundraising effort with the Foundation’s largest-ever grant of $20 million supporting the development of NGV Contemporary.


    Image: A bird's eye view of the Melbourne Arts Precinct from Southbank Boulevard facing north (artist impression). Image by HASSELL + SO-IL

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    Congratulations to Lady Potter on being recognised with the Creative Partnerships Australia Arts Visionary Award for 2020, a wonderful and well-deserved acknowledgement of Lady Potter’s tireless and passionate support for the arts over many decades. 

  • In its latest funding round, The Ian Potter Foundation awarded 13 grants totalling $6,398,000.

    In the Environment program, five grants totalling $3 million were awarded to initiatives focussed on managing biodiversity.

    Five Community Wellbeing grants totalling $2 million were awarded to a range of organisations working to advance the social enterprise sector. 

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    Main image: Social enterprises exist to drive social and environmental change. Buying goods and services from them is the most effective means of breaking the cycle of disadvantage for thousands of Australians. Image courtesy of Social Traders.

    Second image: Carr Creek on the Tar Ru Lands in far western NSW, near Wentworth, part of the Murray River floodplain system. Image courtesy of Murray Darling Wetlands Working Group.


  • Within the Community Wellbeing program, five multi-year grants (totalling $984k) were awarded aiming to prevent homelessness, improve employment opportunities for at-risk individuals and provide wrap-around support for people experiencing mental illness.

    Five grants (totalling $2.21m) were awarded to organisations seeking to improve early childhood education and services to ensure all young Australians are provided with the essential building blocks for later life.


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    In the September 2020 funding round the Board awarded 10 grants totalling $3,284,000 across the Community Wellbeing and Early Childhood Development funding areas.


    Main image courtesy of SNAICC – National Voice for our Children.
    Second image courtesy of Smiling Mind.

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