Fair - Community Wellbeing

Objectives

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.

Round Information

Expression of Interest

Open:
Monday 30 March 2020
Close:
Friday 17 April 2020

Grants Announced

mid September 2020

Ebony and Jimmy on set at Youthworx. Courtesy of Youthworx Media 2019.

Funding Guidelines

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.

The Foundation particularly encourages applications in high-need areas that have a strong volunteer component and/or a volunteer Board that is a representative cross-section of the community. 

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.

Eligibility

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.

Exclusions

The Community Wellbeing program area does not support:
• Core business
• Ongoing or recurrent programs
• Production of DVDs or promotional material
• Camps
• The purchase and maintenance of vehicles
• Capital grants for the construction or refurbishment of buildings
• Academic research projects not linked to service delivery programs

General Exclusions

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
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.

Application Process

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.

To improve your chance of success, check out: Tips & Hints, FAQs, Grants Database.

The online application can only be accessed when a funding round is open.

Application Process

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 Icon minilink 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.

Not Currently Open for Applications

Feature Case Studies

  • The Industry Employment Initiative

    The Industry Employment Initiative was established to demonstrate, test and scale a new approach to support young people around Australia who are long-term unemployed, or at risk of long-term unemployment, into sustainable work.

    Organisation: 
    Social Ventures
    Project: 
    Industry Employment Initiative (IEI)
    Dates: 
    January 2014 - December 2015
    Grant: 
    $100,000
    www.socialventures.com.au/work/iei/

    Read more

    ‘The IEI helped our organisation to fulfil its community objectives and also address a recruitment need; finding skilled and able employees looking to build a career working across the hospitality sector.’

    Marriott Melbourne, 2016

  • CENTsable

    CENTSable is a financial e-learning tool providing practical information and resources to support workers in the community sector to have informed financial conversations with women on low incomes.

    Organisation: 
    Women's Health Goulburn North East
    Project: 
    Centsable
    Dates: 
    September 2014 - March 2016
    Grant: 
    $150,000
    www.centsable.org.au

    Read more

    ‘It has everything available in the one place and they don't have to go to a lot of different websites to find what they need.’

    Regional Saver Plus coordinator

  • Preventing homelessness for Victorian prisoners

    Due to the links between homelessness and incarceration, Homeless Law decided to provide legal help to Victorian prisoners through the Debt and Tenancy Legal Help for Prisoners Project.

    Organisation: 
    Justice Connect
    Project: 
    Prisoners' Legal Services Clinic
    Dates: 
    March 2014 - March 2015
    Grant: 
    $100,000

    Read more

    ‘Without the assistance of Homeless Law, 43 prisoners would have exited prison into homelessness. Keeping prisoners housed saves money and reduces the likelihood of reoffending. These interventions aimed at avoiding prisoners cycling between prison and the homeless services system are vital.’

    Lucy Adams
    Manager Homeless Law.

  • Maximising secure stable accommodation for at-risk youth

    By building relocatable studios and complementing them with scholarships for homeless and at-risk young people, Kids Under Cover aims to keep families together and young people engaged in education. 

    Organisation: 
    Kids Under Cover
    Project: 
    Kids Under Cover Studio Care
    Dates: 
    July 2015 - June 2016
    Grant: 
    $75,000

    Read more

    ‘Our Volunteer Studio Maintenance pilot provided insights into the condition of our studios and our connection with young people, but its inability to scale also became clear. The IPF grant enabled us to develop a more robust and formal monitoring program which will ultimately help us support more young people at risk.’

    Martin Murley
    Philanthropic Partnerships, Kids Under Cover

  • Voices VIC

    Voices Vic was established to improve the recovery and social outcomes for people who 'hear voices' or, in psychiatric terms, who experience auditory hallucinations as part of a psychotic disorder/mental illness.  This grant helped Voices Vic to consolidate the current support groups and establish new hearing voices peer support groups.

    Organisation: 
    Prahran Mission
    Project: 
    Voices VIC (previously Hearing Voices Network Victoria)
    Dates: 
    January -December 2011
    Grant: 
    $45,000

    Read more

    ‘'This was not simply just a successful program, but a starting point for a model of service delivery that is proving to be an effective mental health service, that can be replicated throughout Victoria and throughout Australia.'’

    Dr Alberto Furlan
    Program Manager

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