Major Grants

Objectives

  • Major Grants are by invitation only. 
  • Invited applicants will be requested to submit their application which will be considered by the Board of Governors.

Round Information

By Invitation only

Shalom Christian College, First People's Health Program Students supported by the Seed Foundation.

In 2015-16 the Foundation's Board of Governors decided to separate Major Grants within its grantmaking program. Through the Major Grants stream, the Foundation will continue to recognise and consider iconic or significant projects, most of which will not fit within defined program area funding guidelines.

Projects are proactively sought out by the Foundation from which select applications are then considered once a year by the Foundation’s Board of Governors.

The establishment of the Major Grants stream aims to protect funding allocations for the Foundation’s core program areas. This ensures the Foundation's tradition of large and catalytic grants can continue to assist the delivery of significant projects in the community.

In December 2020, the Board of The Ian Potter Foundation undertook a comprehensive review of the focus areas for Major Grants considered by the Board between 2017 and 2020.  As a result of that review: 

  • The Board agreed to amend the focus areas for Community Wellbeing and Environment Major Grants going forward. The new focus areas will be announced in May 2021 and will operate for the years 2021 to 2025.
  • The Board agreed to retain the focus areas for Indigenous Projects and Public Health programs.  These are detailed below and continue to be effective until 2025.

Major Grant Focus Areas (2021–2025)

Indigenous Projects 
Public Health Projects
  • The prevention and treatment of mental health conditions
  • Identifying policy and/or project opportunities addressing improved health services delivery.

Coming in May 2021: new Major Grant focus areas for Environment and Community Wellbeing Major Grants.

Recent Major Grants

December 2020

National Gallery of Victoria - NGV Contemporary ($20m)

April 2020

Monash University: Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences - Living Evidence Phase Two ($2.5m) 

Learn more about the above grant.

December 2019
  • Launch Housing Limited ($2.5m)
  • Murdoch Children's Research Institute ($500k)

 Learn more about the above grants.

September 2019

Australian Academy of Science ($5m) - Establishment of a national water policy centre

December 2018
  • Karrkad Kanjdji Trust ($1.77m)
  • Wintringham Housing Ltd ($2.5m)
  • World Vision Australia ($2.24m)

 Learn more about the above grants.

December 2017
  • Clontarf Foundation ($2.5m)
  • HammondCare ($2.5m)
  • Homes for Homes ($1.25m)
  • Hope Street Youth & Family Service Inc ($1.8m)
  • Seed Foundation ($1.75m)

 Learn more about the above grants.

December 2016 
  • Guide Dogs Victoria ($2.5m)
  • Orygen, National Centre for Excellence in Youth Health ($3m)
  • Taronga Institute of Science and Learning ($1.5m)
  • The Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery (ACMD) ($2.5m)

Learn more about the above grants.

Before December 2016, the following grants were made and are now categorised as major grants.

 

Major Grants are by invitation only. Invited applicants will be requested to submit their application, which will be considered by the Board of Governors.

This stream will be reviewed annually to ensure it continues to meet the funding principles of the Foundation.

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