A dynamic and well-resourced arts sector is central to a culturally rich, vibrant and innovative society. The Foundation is interested in enhancing the calibre and capacity of the arts sector and supporting excellent organisations to raise the bar of aspiration and achievement.
Since establishment, the Foundation has made over 700 Arts grants and contributed over $58 million to the sector. Details of individual Arts grants can be found in our Grants Database.
- 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)
The Ian Potter Cultural Trust
The Foundation’s commitment to the arts is also expressed through The Ian Potter Cultural Trust, a separate legal entity which makes grants to exceptionally talented early-career Australian artists. The Cultural Trust provides support to individual artists to help them to undertake professional development opportunities, usually overseas.
Important to know
- You must speak with the Program Manager before submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) to be considered eligible to apply. After the initial conversation, the Program Manager will invite suitable candidates to apply.
- Our team is currently working remotely. Arts Program Manager, Subhadra Mistry, can be contacted on 03 9611 1590. If your call is unanswered, please leave a voice message with your name, organisation and contact number.
- In general, the Foundation awards multi-year grants with the recommended minimum total grant amount being $100,000. For example, a grant may be awarded for $50,000 per year for three years totalling $150,000.
- We encourage all organisations to apply regardless of their size; in the case of smaller organisations, the award can be for small amounts over multiple years.
- Proposals that are collaborative and/or share knowledge with the broader sector are encouraged.
- The Ian Potter Foundation rarely awards the full amount of any project. Please ensure that you have alternative providers of funding and that your application clearly considers any possible grant from the Foundation in this context. Please also refer to the Funding Principles section for further information.
The Ian Potter Foundation can only make grants to organisations with BOTH Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Item 1 and Tax Concession Charity (TCC) status.
Under the terms of the deed of The Ian Potter Foundation and Australian taxation laws, The Ian Potter Foundation can only make grants to organisations with BOTH Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Item 1 and Tax Concession Charity (TCC) status.
Please make sure you read the funding objectives and specific exclusions for the Arts program area before go through the 'Apply for a Grant' process on the website.
The Foundation does not support Arts events (such as festivals or fairs), performances or exhibitions. This exclusion also applies to the development or production of works of art, where this is the primary purpose of the project.
Projects that fall into any of the following categories will not be considered for funding:
- Retrospective funding – projects which are already underway or which will commence prior to the date indicated in our online application information are not eligible for consideration
- Recurrent expenditure for which there is no future provision
- Capital or endowment funds established to fund a chair or to provide a corpus for institutions
- Research for undergraduate, masters or doctoral students
- Auspicing* is not permitted – the organisation applying must be the one that will run the program or project
- Applications for public charitable purposes outside the Commonwealth of Australia**
- Applications for projects that have previously been declined by the Foundation cannot be resubmitted
- Applications will not be accepted from organisations that have not successfully acquitted previous grants from the Foundation
Auspicing refers to the practice of an ineligible organisation (one that does not have DGR and TCC status) applying to the Foundation via an eligible organisation. Auspicing arrangements are excluded under the Foundation's guidelines. The organisation applying to the Foundation must be the organisation that will run the project or program for which a grant is being sought.
** Geographical constraints on grants
The Foundation is limited to providing money, property or benefits for public charitable purposes in the Commonwealth of Australia. However, the Foundation is able to provide a grant for activities outside the Commonwealth if the grant is made for a public charitable purpose in the Commonwealth. For example, a grant might be made to an Australian university to enable it to fund an overseas study tour by an Australian researcher engaged by the university.
Two-stage applications process
Grant requests for Arts are considered via a two-stage process. The first stage is an Expression of Interest (EOI). All EOIs are reviewed and selected applicants are then invited to proceed to the second stage and submit a full application.
The online application system can only be accessed from this page when a funding round is open for this funding area.
Step 1: Read ALL the information on this program area page to ensure you meet the eligibility criteria and program area objectives before you begin.
Step 2: Speak with the relevant Program Manager before preparing an Expression of Interest (EOI).
Step 3: Select 'Apply for a Grant' tab below. This tab will only appear when applications are open.
Step 4: You will then need to login by entering your username and password or create an account by clicking New Applicant?
Step 5: Complete the Eligibility Quiz. If you meet eligibility requirements, you will proceed to the Expression of Interest online form. After you save and close you can re-access your Expression of Interest via the My Account link using your username and password.
Step 6: If your Expression of Interest is approved, you will be invited to submit a full application.
Step 7: Complete your full application (Stage 2) online. We require all supporting documents to be submitted as part of the online application by 5:00 pm AEST deadline on the closing date.
What happens next?
All grant applications are considered by the Board of Governors at the Foundation’s board meetings, which are held three times a year in April, September & December.
You will be advised of the outcome of your application by phone or email.