The David and Elaine Potter Foundation.

Apply for funding

Please note that applications are strictly by our invitation only. We do not accept or consider uninvited or unsolicited applications. If you think your work may fit our remit you should email us to discuss your potential eligibility and whether it is something that we may fund.

Please do not send written correspondence.

Our funding ethos

We are secular and non-political.
The majority of our grants will be used to support projects in Education and Civil Society.
We recognise the benefits of unrestricted funding and we will consider providing grants which are not restricted to the direct costs of a particular project or programme and which can be used for general core costs. We are willing to provide multi-year grants up to a maximum of three years where the needs of the programme or organisation require it. We are willing to enter into co-funding partnerships with other grant making organisations.

Geographical focus

We fund organisations in the UK and elsewhere. The main focus of our education grants will be for projects in Southern Africa (specifically South Africa, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Namibia or Mozambique), but we may also fund some UK based education interventions. We will support UK charities who work with local NGOs in the country in which the programme is based.

Eligibility

We do fund:

  • registered charities and educational institutions

We do not fund:

  • individuals
  • Community Interest Companies
  • retrospective costs
  • Full Economic Costs for universities
  • political organisations
  • clinical trials
  • religious organisations that work only for the benefit of members of their own religion

People who wish to apply for scholarships or fellowships funded by us should apply directly to those universities where we have awarded a grant for that purpose and not to the Foundation.

Organisations that are not based in the UK must provide contact details for a named person at a UK registered entity who can provide a reference as part of their application.

Contact us

If you wish to make an enquiry about your eligibility please send an email to: info@potterfoundation.com.

Grant reports

We require grant recipients to provide regular reports depending on the size and duration of the grant. Normally we require a report one year after the grant was awarded and/or upon its completion. For multi-year grants, we expect annual reports. Some terms and conditions relating to an award might specify additional reporting requirements. We expect to be asked about any proposed changes in the use of a grant before they take place to ensure that they are in line with our charitable objects.

Grant reports

We require grant recipients to provide regular reports depending on the size and duration of the grant. Normally we require a report one year after the grant was awarded and/or upon its completion. For multi-year grants, we expect annual reports. Some terms and conditions relating to an award might specify additional reporting requirements. We expect to be asked about any proposed changes in the use of a grant before they take place to ensure that they are in line with our charitable objects.