The enormous need and scope for innovation in health service delivery and preventative health and medicine program underlies our Health & Disability funding. Our grants target programs that help improve quality of life for those in our community living with disability or illness and support programs that focus on the prevention of diseases.
The sheer number and diversity of organisations working in this sector reflects that demand for specialised solutions to the complex, multi-faceted challenges faced by people living with chronic illness and disability. We see an important opportunity for new technology and shared learning to deliver new opportunities for organisations working in this sector and better outcomes for patients.
The main priorities of the program are to promote good health for all Australians and improve outcomes for people living with disability. Research and development in public health and preventative medicine initiatives are an important part of this program.
Important to know
- Speak with a Program Manager before preparing an Expression of Interest (EOI).
- Applications for this program area are considered once a year by the Board of Governors.
- The Foundation only considers grant applications in excess of $100,000 in this program area.
- The Ian Potter Foundation prioritises applications with evidence of collaboration. Prior to applying, please ensure that you have additional proposed 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.
- The Foundation will support capacity-building related expenses when related to the main goal of the project (i.e. volunteer coordinator salary for employment project that involves volunteer mentors).
- Applications must be accompanied by a letter from the requesting organisation's Chief Executive Officer or equivalent person (e.g. Director of Institute, University Vice-Chancellor or Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research) attesting to the value of the application to the organisation. In the case of multiple applications in one or more categories, advice must also be provided as to the priority ranking of all such applications.
This program area is currently under review. Revised funding objectives will be published September 2019.
In the past the Foundation has prioritised funding for innovative programs that improve health outcomes for the Australian community through large-scale public health initiatives and/or enhance employment opportunities for people with a disability.
Large-scale multi-year projects are encouraged.
Most recently, the Foundation has supported projects that seek to:
- Improve health outcomes for the Australian community through public health initiatives with a particular emphasis on mental health, Indigenous heath and health in rural and remote areas.
- Encourage innovative approaches to increasing employment opportunities for individuals with disability.
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 Health & Disability program area before you apply.
The Foundation will not normally support requests for funds for:
• Salaries of health personnel, research assistants, small items of equipment or programs which are usually substantially funded by government or major public health organisations
• Equipment and services which should properly be provided for in the usual operation of the hospital or health facility.
Please note: within our grant making to Indigenous projects the Foundation is concentrating on major programs with the potential to make a significant difference. Small, one-off projects are not within the Foundation's current ambit.
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.
Outcomes & Metrics
It is the aim of the Foundation that the projects that it funds will have long-term impact beyond immediate key performance indicators and outputs. In your Health and Disability 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 are:
- Increased financial security/economic participation
- Improved health and wellbeing
Strategic long-term outcomes are:
- Promotion/dissemination of best practice/new knowledge
- Improved operational capacity/capability (e.g. geographic coverage)
- Increased skill base
- Improved quality of policy dialogue and development
- Improved service delivery/quality
- Improved service system/sector collaboration
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 Health and Disability Outcomes & Metrics guide.
Ready to begin?
Grant requests in Health & Disability are considered via a two-step 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.
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 link 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 5pm 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 5.00pm 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.