The Community Wellbeing program area seeks to identify and support those organisations which have well thought out projects that seek to help vulnerable members of the community to overcome the challenging circumstances in which they find themselves.
The Foundation’s support extends both to organisations that have demonstrated success and to those seeking to make well-considered innovations. The Foundation favours programs that are preventative in nature and seek to address the root causes of disadvantage.
To improve circumstances for vulnerable members of the community, this program area supports organisations that seek to establish pathways for vulnerable individuals such as:
- 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.
Organisations of any size are encouraged to apply but the Foundation only considers grant applications in excess of $100,000. Where appropriate such grants may be distributed over several years to total at least $100,000, e.g. $35,000 a year for three years. Smaller grants may also be considered.
Important to know
- Applicants MUST speak with the relevant Program Manager before submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) to be eligible to apply.
- The Foundation only considers grant applications in excess of $100,000 in this program area.
- Collaborative, multi-year initiatives 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. We are unlikely to fund 100% of a project cost.
- Please also refer to the Foundation’s Funding Principles section for further guidance.
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 guidelines and specific exclusions for this funding area before applying.
The Community Wellbeing program area does not support:
• Core business
• Ongoing or recurrent programs
• Production of DVDs or promotional material
• The purchase and maintenance of vehicles
• Capital grants for the construction or refurbishment of buildings
• Academic research projects not linked to service delivery programs
Projects that fall into any of the following categories will not be considered for funding:
• 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.
• We do not directly support schools.
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.
Ready to begin?
Grant requests for Community Wellbeing are considered via a two-stage Expression of Interest process. You can preview the EOI information you will be required to submit.
The online application can only be accessed when a funding round is open.
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). Ensure your application is submitted by 5:00 pm AEST on the closing date.
We require a hard copy including all supporting documents as well as the online application. Both must be received by the 5:00 pm AEST deadline on the closing date. Applications may be sent by courier or hand-delivered. Applications postmarked with the closing date will not be accepted.
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.