Community Wellbeing


To alleviate need, our Community Wellbeing program supports organisations delivering early intervention programs in the community such as:

  • transitioning from detention under the justice system;
  • reducing long-term unemployment with a focus on youth; and
  • assisting families at risk of, or experiencing, family violence to improve financial skills and maintain suitable, safe accommodation.

Round Information

Not Currently Open for Applications

Aaron and Pnina, two graduates of the STREAT youth program


Community Wellbeing is the Foundation’s busiest program area which seeks to identify those projects that are likely to have the greatest impact on some of society’s most complex issues.

The Foundation supports worthwhile projects for the alleviation of need in the community as indicated by conditions such as homelessness. Our support extends both to organisations that have demonstrated success and to those seeking to make well-considered innovations. 

This program area also makes grants on behalf of The Alec Prentice Sewell Gift, a bequest that was made to the Foundation in 2003.

Important to know

  • Speak to the Program Manager before preparing an Expression of Interest (EOI). We strongly recommend you discuss your project with the Program Manager before you start your application.
  • Proposals for collaborative, multi-year projects are encouraged, as well as those that share knowledge gained with the broader sector. In general, the recommended minimum grant amount is $100,000.
  • We encourage all organisations to apply regardless of their size; in the case of small projects, the award can be of small amounts over multiple years, i.e., $35,000 a year for three years.
  • 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-sector of the community. 
  • Please ensure that you have other sources of funding as the Foundation might not be able to fund 100% of project costs. Please also refer to the Funding Principles section for further guidance.


Funding Objectives

We support successful organisations with proven track records, and blend this with investments in well-considered innovations and ideas, such as social enterprises, that provide new and sustainable ways of tackling entrenched problems. 

To alleviate need, our Community Wellbeing program supports organisations delivering early intervention programs in the community such as:

  • transitioning from detention under the justice system
  • reducing long-term unemployment with a focus on youth, and
  • assisting families at risk of, or experiencing, family violence to improve financial skills and maintain suitable, safe accommodation. 


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 Community Wellbeing program area (below) before applying.


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 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.

Outcomes & Metrics

It is the aim of the Foundation that the projects that it funds will have impact beyond immediate key performance indicators and outputs. In your Community Wellbeing application, you will be asked to select up to three long-term outcomes. 

The Ian Potter Foundation also recognises that we all can play a small part in broader global movements and adopts a collaborative approach, both in our grant-making and our outcomes measurement. As such, we are beginning to offer relevant indicators from the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as options for outcomes measurement. 

Technical long-term outcomes might be:

  • Improve financial skills (focus: domestic violence)
  • Reducing long-term unemployment with a focus on youth
  • Transitioning from detention under the justice system
  • Maintain suitable, safe accommodation

Strategic long-term outcomes include:

  • Improved quality of policy dialogue and development
  • Promotion/dissemination of best practice/new knowledge
  • Improved service delivery/quality
  • Improved service system/sector collaboration
  • Improved housing stock availability/affordability

In your final report, you will be asked how you progressed on your long-term outcomes. It’s helpful to select your metrics early on, so you can begin to collect information about your success as soon as your project begins. Some suggested metrics can be found in our Community Wellbeing Outcomes and Metrics guide.

Application Process

Ready to begin?

Grant requests for Community Wellbeing are considered via a two-step 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

All applicants are required to speak with a Program Manager before preparing an Expression of Interest (EOI).

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: Select 'Apply for a Grant' tab below. This tab will only appear when applications are open.

Step 3: You will then need to login by entering your username and password or create an account by clicking New Applicant?.

Step 4: 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 5: If your Expression of Interest is approved by the Program Manager, you will be invited to submit a full application.

Step 6: Complete your application (Stage 2). Ensure your application is submitted by 5 pm EST 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 EST 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, August & December.

You will be advised of the outcome of your application by phone or email.

Not Currently Open for Applications

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