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



Program Areas

Not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants for projects that meet the specific funding guidelines in six program areas.

Find more detailed information on particular objectives on the program area pages.

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Community Wellbeing

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Medical Research

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Early Childhood Development

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Public Health Research

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Aerial view of imagined Arts Precinct.
An artist's impression of the new NGV Contemporary. Image courtesy of NGV.

Major Grants

The Foundation also awards Major grants which recognise and consider iconic or significant projects, most of which span several funding areas.

The Foundation proactively seeks out these iconic or significant projects. Applications are by invitation only.

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The 100 Story Building has received grants from The Alec Prentice Sewell Gift.


The Ian Potter Foundation manages several sub-funds which award grants based on particular criteria.

The Ian Potter Cultural Trust

The Cultural Trust provides support to individual artists to help them to undertake professional development opportunities, usually overseas.

The Alec Prentice Sewell Gift

Funds from this bequest are directed to projects that work to improve opportunities for disadvantaged children.

Cynthia Banham Burn Fellowship

The Cynthia Banham Burn Injury Research Fellowship is a joint initiative between the Foundation and Cynthia Banham, to support clinical research by an early-career researcher under the guidance of renowned burns specialist, Dr Fiona Wood at Royal Perth Hospital.

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