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Level 3, 111 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
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The Ian Potter Foundation 
Based in Melbourne, the Foundation makes grants nationally to support charitable organizations in Australia working to benefit the community across a wide range of sectors and endeavors .The Foundation was established in 1964 by Australian financier, businessman and philanthropist, Sir Ian Potter. Dedicated to Sir Potter’s vision of “A vibrant, healthy and fair Australia,” the foundation’s grant programs focus on the areas of the arts, community wellbeing, education, environment and conservation, health and disability, knowledge and learning, medical research, science, and major grants. Projects that are either invited to apply by the Foundation or applications for grants received by open call are then carefully judged and chosen, and as of 2017, The Ian Potter Foundation has contributed some $256 million to thousands of projects, both large and small. The Foundation has a strong record of funding projects that respond decisively to key issues in Australian society and develop creativity and capacity as a nation, and to achieve long-term results a committee of specialists is established for each grant program area to make grant selections and assemble cooperative facilitators. Also, given the special needs of Australia’s Indigenous people, The Ian Potter Foundation has developed specific funding guidelines for all Indigenous projects we consider.
For The Ian Potter Foundation, supporting a vibrant and thriving Arts sector is a key focus, and since establishment, the Foundation has made over 700 Arts grants and contributed over $58 million to Australia’s outstanding arts organizations and groups. The Foundation’s largest grants include $8 million to The Australian Ballet in 2010 and $15 million in 2000 towards the establishment of the National Gallery of Victoria’s Gallery of Australian Art. The Foundation does not support Arts events such as festivals or fairs, performances or exhibitions. Instead, its aim is to support the development of artistic expression, networking and fostering artists in high-caliber professional development and/or leadership opportunities and first-rate artistic institutions and organizations regardless of size that contribute to artistic achievement, imagination and innovation in fostering development across a sector or art form. In general, the recommended minimum grant amount for institutions and organizations is $100,000.
Organizations that received grants in 2017 included Critical Stages, Melbourne Theatre Company, International Specialized Skills Institute, Information & Cultural Exchange Inc., Snuff Puppets Inc., TheatreiNQ and the Australian Jazz Museum.
The Foundation’s commitment to the arts is also expressed through The Ian Potter Cultural Trust, a separate legal entity established in 1993, which makes grants to exceptionally talented early-career Australian artists. The Cultural Trust provides support to individual artists to help them to undertake professional development opportunities. And, it also commissions works in the genres of sculpture, music (composing) and video/film.