The early years are a critical period for brain development. Learning patterns are established at a young age and many students who start school behind, stay behind. Nearly one quarter (22%) of Australian children are vulnerable on one or more developmental domains when they start school (Mitchell Institute 2014); they are commencing primary school already behind.
If a child does not learn to read by age eight, it is difficult for them to catch up (Pfost et al, 2014). Early interventions are both cost-effective in that they reduce long-term costs to society, have the benefit of early mitigation of problems that can cause significant lifelong anguish and enhance the chances of our young people being good future citizens.
To improve learning and development outcomes for children this stream supports:
- innovative programs and sector initiatives in early childhood (0–8 years old) including, in particular, programs that recognise and foster parental engagement in their children’s learning and development.
Applications targeting children who are highly vulnerable will be prioritised, as will projects that identify or support the development of evidence and shared measurement tools.
Important to know
For the remainder of 2020
- Currently, the Foundation is considering grants by invitation only.
- The usual EOI process has been suspended. Please do not call.
- See the latest update on funding rounds.
At all times
- In general, the recommended minimum grant amount for institutions and organisations is $100,000 and these are usually considered as multi-year grants.
- 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.
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 you apply.
The Foundation is not able to directly fund schools or early childhood service providers.
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
• 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.
The usual EOI process has been suspended.
Please see the latest update on funding rounds.