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)
- Large scale projects designed to benefit Indigenous Australians, that are consistent with the Foundation’s funding guidelines for 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
- Launch Housing Limited ($2.5m)
- Murdoch Children's Research Institute ($500k)
Australian Academy of Science ($5m) - Establishment of a national water policy centre
- Karrkad Kanjdji Trust ($1.77m)
- Wintringham Housing Ltd ($2.5m)
- World Vision Australia ($2.24m)
- Clontarf Foundation ($2.5m)
- HammondCare ($2.5m)
- Homes for Homes ($1.25m)
- Hope Street Youth & Family Service Inc ($1.8m)
- Seed Foundation ($1.75m)
- 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)
Before December 2016, the following grants were made and are now categorised as major grants.
- The Australian Ballet, “Raise the Roof” Redeveloping the Primrose Potter Australian Ballet Centre ($1.5m)
- Sydney University, Chau Chak Wing Museum ($5m)
- University of Tasmania, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Centre for Tasmania ($5m)
- The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at Southbank ($9m)
- Queensland Ballet, Thomas Dixon Centre ($5m)
- The Ian Potter Queen's Hall, State Library of Victoria ($10m)
- VU Polytechnic Sunshine Skills Hub ($5m)
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.