What We Support


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:Fair – Early Childhood Development and Community Wellbeing

  • Fair – Community Wellbeing and Early Childhood Development
  • Healthy – Medical Research equipment and Public Health Research Projects
  • Sustainable – Environment
  • Vibrant – Arts and Culture

From Round 1 2020 (opening in November 2019) grants will be made based on funding guidelines which align with each of these funding pillars and via the major grants stream.

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

Grantseekers can find more detailed information on the specific funding areas and their objectives by following the links below.


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

  •  Creating employment pathways for people with disabilities or otherwise vulnerable individuals
  • Assisting individuals and families at risk of or experiencing homelessness and all that goes with it.


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.



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



  • 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).

While each program area has its own grantmaking priorities and objectives, the Foundation’s general principles remain to fund prevention rather than cure, and to support and encourage excellence. We also look for innovative solutions and ideas, and assess the long-term sustainability of the projects we support. As a contemporary philanthropic foundation we believe it is important to work in collaboration with others. 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.

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.

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