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

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, 2018

Expression of Interest

Programs include:

  • Arts

Open: Monday 6 November 2017
Close: Friday 8 December 2017

Applications

Programs included:

  • Conference 
  • International Learning & Development
  • Travel

Open: Monday 6 November 2017
Close: Tuesday 30 January 2018
Grants announced: Late April 2018

Round 2, 2018

Expression of Interest

Programs include:

  • Community Wellbeing
  • Education
  • Environment & Conservation
  • Science

Open: Monday 26 March 2018
Close: Friday 20 April 2018

Applications

Programs include:

  • Conference
  • International Learning & Development
  • Medical Research
  • Travel

Open: Monday 26 March 2018
Close: Tuesday 5 June 2018
Grants Announced: Late September 2018

Resources
Contacts

Strategic Advice & Eligibility
Caitlin Crockford
Trusts & Foundations Specialist
Office of Advancement
caitlin.crockford@mq.edu.au
Ph: +61 2 9850 1332 / 0438 582 892 

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

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