International Learning & Development


This program has permanently closed. See our announcement here.

Round Information

Not Currently Open for Applications

Excerpt from Him Borrowdale's report


The Ian Potter Foundation International Learning & Development program area offers senior staff of not-for-profit organisations the opportunity to spend a period of time overseas visiting like-minded organisations to learn international’s best practices in their relevant areas of operations and, once back, disseminate their learnings throughout their sectors.

Senior staff of organisations can apply for funding to cover the costs of travel and accommodation up to $20,000.

Funding Objectives

To improve the knowledge of the NFP sector in Australia by sharing international best practices learnt while visiting exemplary organisations overseas.

We will prioritise organisations and projects that express strong intention, and have capacity, to disseminate the learnings from overseas throughout their sectors.


Applicants must be senior representatives of not-for-profit organisations in the IPF-comparable Community Wellbeing, Arts, Education, Environment & Conservation, Health & Disability areas of funding.

Please note representatives from Universities and/or Medical Research Institutes will not be considered.

  • Applicants must visit at least two (2) overseas organisations that are similar and/or complementary in nature/scope and from which they can learn international best practices.
  • A period of at least three (3) weeks must be spent overseas visiting organisations
  • Letters of support from host organisations must be attached to application
  • No matching funds are required from Applicant organisation, however current salary of traveling staff must be provided as in-kind contribution.

The Ian Potter Foundation can only make grants to organisations with BOTH Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Item 1 and Tax Concession Charity (TCC) status. It is important that you check the Eligibility section to ensure your organisation meets these Australian Tax Office requirements.

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 (section below) for the program area before you apply for a grant.


  • Requests to cover the costs of attending conferences will not be considered, unless the conference is part of the study tour.
  • Medical Research Institutes and Universities’ staff will not be considered for funding. 
  • Retrospective grants for travel already undertaken in part or in whole.

Outcomes & metrics

Grantees must present learnings of study tour to their relevant sectors.

Applicants must provide final report to the Foundation and proof of dissemination of findings to their relevant sectors.

Application Process

An online application can only be started while the funding round is open.

Step 1: Check organisation eligibility.

Step 2: Check the travel fits with program area objectives, meets specific eligibility and exclusions criteria.

Step 3: Select Apply for a grant.

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 Application form.

After you save and close you can re-access your Application via the My Account Icon minilink using your username and password. 

Step 5: Complete your online application form. 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 5pm EST deadline on the closing date. Applications postmarked with the closing date will not be accepted. Note that applications may be sent by courier or hand-delivered.

What happens next?

Step 6: All grant applications are considered at the Foundation’s board meetings, which are held three times a year.

Step 7: Once reviewed, the Program Manager will advise you if your grant has been successful.

Please click Apply for a Grant below to begin the online application process.


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