Ian Potter Foundation

Ian Potter Foundation

Status Open
Aim

The Ian Potter Foundation makes grants nationally to support charitable organisations working to benefit the community across a wide range of sectors and endeavours. Grants are made through ten program areas which reflect Sir Ian’s interest in the arts, and his visionary approach to issues including the environment, science, medical research, education and community wellbeing, as well as the importance of investing in Australia’s intellectual capital.

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.

The funding areas include:

  • Arts
  • Community Wellbeing
  • Conference
  • Education
  • Environment & Conservation
  • Health & Disability
  • International Learning & Development
  • Medical Research
  • Science
  • Travel
  • Alec Prentice Sewell Gift (by invitation only)
  • Major Grants (by invitation only)

The funding amount is dependent on the program area you are applying to. Conference grants are up to $20,000, whereas Education and Science program areas require grants seekers to ask for over $100,000. Please see individual program links in the Resources section below.

Please note that the Ian Potter Foundation rarely awards the full amount of any project. Please ensure that you have alternative providers of funding, and that your application clearly indicates your project's additional sources of funding.

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. 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 the Office of Advancement, to ensure alignment to the funder’s funding priorities.

All contact with the Foundation should happen through the Office of Advancement, who will contact them if you require any clarification etc.

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

Faculty contacts:

Faculty of Arts
ArtsRO@mq.edu.au
Ph 9850 4496 (x4496), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Jan Zwar

Faculty of Business and Economics
fberu@mq.edu.au
Ph 9850 8485 (x8485), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Agnieszka Baginska

Faculty of Human Sciences
humansciencesresearch@mq.edu.au
Ph 9850 9607 (x9607), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Jo Tuck

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
fmhs.researchsupport@mq.edu.au
Ph 9850 2788 (x2788), Faculty Research Manager, Dr Kyle Ratinac

Faculty of Science and Engineering
sci.research@mq.edu.au
Ph 9850 8912 (x8912), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Irina Zakoshanski

Key Dates

Round 1, 2019

Expression of Interest

Programs:

  • Arts
  • Health and Disability

Open: Monday 5 November 2018
Close: Friday 7 December 2018

Applications

Programs:

  • Conference
  • Travel

Open: Monday 5 November 2018
Close: Tuesday 29 January 2019

Round 2, 2019

Expression of Interest

Programs:

  • Community Wellbeing
  • Education
  • Environment & Conservation
  • Science

Open: Monday 25 March 2019
Close: Friday 19 April 2019

Applications

Programs:

  • Medical Research
  • Conference
  • Travel

Open: Monday 25 March 2019
Close: Tuesday 4 June 2019

Resources
Contacts

Strategic Advice & Eligibility
Alistair Brooks / Jesse King
Trusts & Foundations Specialists
Office of Advancement
advancement.grants@mq.edu.au
Ph: +61 2 9850 1397 / +61 2 9850 4547

Compliance
Research Proposals Team
Research Services
research.preaward@mq.edu.au
Ph: +61 2 9850 4193

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