Ian Potter Foundation

Ian Potter Foundation

Status Open

The Ian Potter Foundation makes grants nationally to support charitable organisations working to benefit the community across a wide range of sectors and endeavours. In 2019, the Foundation’s Board approved the establishment of four key funding pillars:

  • Vibrant: Arts and Culture
  • Healthy: Medical Research equipment and Public Health Research Projects
  • Fair: Early Childhood Development and Community Wellbeing
  • Sustainable: Environment

Through its grants, the Foundation seeks to encourage excellence and support Australia’s talent: the visionaries, social entrepreneurs, scientists, academics and researchers, artists and teachers, and those who dedicate themselves to bettering our communities for the benefit of all.

Funding Principles

Grant making across all program areas is underpinned by the following funding principles:

  • A commitment to excellence
    IPF support organisations, programs and individuals who are outstanding in their field.
  • A focus on prevention
    To maximise the value of their grants, IPF try to identify and support projects that address the causes of any problems rather than treat the symptoms. Supporting research is fundamental to this approach.
  • Encourage innovation
    IPF seek to fund programs and projects that take a new approach to solving problems, especially those that can be evaluated and have potential for expansion and further development.
  • Potential for leverage
    IPF grants have greater impact when combined with support from other sources. These might include other trusts and foundations, government, business or volunteers. IPF are happy to be one of a number of supporters of a program.
  • Long-term thinking
    IPF try to fund projects that will continue to have an impact well beyond the period of our grant. The long-term sustainability of the project is an important consideration.
  • Partnerships
    IPF encourage collaborations and partnerships that facilitate combining knowledge and resources to achieve a shared goal.
Funding Rounds

Since 1964, The Ian Potter Foundation has contributed over $200 million to thousands of projects, both large and small.

From Round 1 2020 (opening in November 2019) grants will be made based on funding guidelines which align with each of the funding pillars and via the major grants stream.

Not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants that meet funding guidelines of the following funding areas:

  • Vibrant: Arts and Culture
  • Healthy: Medical Research equipment and Public Health Research Projects
  • Fair: Early Childhood Development and Community Wellbeing
  • Sustainable: Environment

Currently, the Ian Potter Foundation no longer supports Conference and Travel grants.

Apart from the funder’s general eligibility requirements, your application must:

  • Request over $100,000 per year from the Ian Potter Foundation
  • Collaborate with other partners
  • Have secured at least 50% of the total project cost in matched cash funding (from Macquarie, partners or other funding applications).

Please see each individual funding area for further eligibility criteria.

The Ian Potter Foundation rarely awards the full amount for any project.

Faculty Processes

As a key strategic relationship for Macquarie University, we have to be tactical in what we apply for and how we approach the Ian Potter Foundation. This relationship is managed by the Advancement Office (advancement.grants@mq.edu.au). It is a requirement of the funder that applicants first discuss their project with an Ian Potter Foundation Program Manager. This must happen with approval of the Advancement Office and your Faculty Research Office.

Although the Foundation does not impose an institutional limit on application submitted, not all EOIs and applications will be approved by the University for submission, dependent on their suitability.

All EOIs and Applications to the Ian Potter Foundation must be completed with the input and approval (ideally as early as possible) of your Faculty Research Office and Advancement Office, to ensure alignment to the funder’s funding priorities.
All contact with the Foundation should happen through the Advancement Office who will contact them if you require any clarification etc.

Please ensure that you contact your Faculty and the Advancement Office, as early as possible, for information on process and deadlines.

Faculty contacts:

Faculty of Arts
Ph 9850 4496 (x4496), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Jan Zwar

Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences
Ph 9850 2788 (x2788), Faculty Research Manager, Dr Kyle Ratinac

Faculty of Science and Engineering
Ph 9850 8912 (x8912), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Irina Zakoshanski

Macquarie Business School
Ph 9850 8485 (x8485), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Agnieszka Baginska

Key Dates

Round 2, 2020

Expression of Interest


  • Fair: Community Wellbeing
  • Fair: Early Childhood Development

Open: Monday 30 March 2020
Close: Friday 17 April 2020


Open: Monday 30 March 2020
Close: Friday 5 June 2020 5pm AEST
Grants announced: mid-September 2020

Round 1, 2021

Expression of Interest


  • Vibrant: Arts
  • Healthy: Public Health Research Projects

Open: Monday 19 October 2020
Close: Friday 6 November 2020



  • Healthy: Medical Research
  • Vibrant: Arts
  • Healthy: Public Health Research Projects

Open: Monday 19 October 2020
Close: Friday 22 January 2021 5pm AEST
Grants announced: late April 2021


IPF Successful Grants Library: we encourage our researchers to look at the types and levels of funding that the Ian Potter Foundation have provided by program area


Strategic Advice & Eligibility
Alistair Brooks / Caitlin Crockford
Development Manager - Trusts and Foundations
Advancement  Office
Ph: +61 2 9850 1397 / +61 2 9850 1332

Research Proposals Team
Research Services
Ph: +61 2 9850 4193

Content owner: Research Pre-award Last updated: 27 Feb 2020 12:24pm

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