The David and Elaine Potter Foundation.


At the root of a strong society is an educated populace with access to good quality information. Without education, people struggle to participate in decision-making and change: therefore, we support projects which promote education for all people.

We are interested in funding projects that work on improving policy, improved practices and techniques and sustainability. We favour grants directed at education in support of economic and social well-being in the UK and South Africa only.

Due to our limited resources we are unable to fund grants in other countries.

In the UK we are primarily looking to fund work focused on the preparedness of young people with regard to life skills, employability and the development of young leaders.

In South Africa we are looking at Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), the development of young leaders (including mentoring and postgraduate scholarships), teacher training and literacy.

We are interested in pilot projects or those that provide a proof of concept, projects that influence policy and those that explore the role(s) of new technology in education.

We do not provide funds for building or rebuilding schools, individual schools or school projects, school equipment, scaling up projects, bursaries for individual school children / undergraduate education, or civic education / citizenship education programmes.

Examples of awards in this category:

  • Accountability Now
  • AIMS Project
  • Association of Commonwealth Universities
  • Association of Foot Solidaire
  • Atlantic College
  • Ben Gurion University
  • Business Bridge
  • CAMFED International
  • The Canon Collins Educational & Legal Assistance Trust
  • Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring, University
    of Durham
  • Centre for Investigative Journalism
  • China Dialogue
  • CHIVA Africa
  • CIDA Foundation UK
  • Computer Aid International
  • Dikakapa
  • Donald Woods Foundation
  • Elizabeth Finn Trust
  • Equal Education
  • Fort Hare Foundation
  • FunDza Literacy Trust
  • Global Investigative Journalism Conference
  • Global Teachers Institute
  • Hargreave Hale (Nordoff Robbins)
  • Hertford College, Oxford University
  • Gordon Road Girls’ School
  • Hope and Homes for Children
  • Humboldt State University
  • Ikamva Labantu
  • IkamvaYouth
  • Institute of Physics
  • intoUniversity
  • KIDS
  • Kylemore Secondary School
  • Lasallion Development Project
  • LIFEbeat
  • Lorraine Fynn
  • MaAfrika Tikkun UK
  • Magdalen College Library, Oxford University
  • Masibambane College
  • MyBnk
  • Nadya James
  • Natal Schools Project
  • Nuffield College
  • Numeric
  • Open Channels
  • Open Trust (openDemocracy)
  • Open Trust (ourKingdom)
  • The Open University
  • Paul Mervis Educational Trust
  • Phumelela Community Training Programme
  • Potter Fellowships Alumni Committee
  • Promoting Equality in African Schools (PEAS)
  • Room to Read
  • Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Royal Institution
  • Samuh Janoy Project
  • Sense about Science
  • St. George’s Catholic School
  • St. Paul’s Girls’ School
  • Tape Aids International
  • Training for Life
  • Ubuntu Pathways
  • UCL Lecture Fund
  • Ukwanda Projects
  • University of Cape Town
  • University of Pretoria
  • University of Westminster
  • VSO
  • Waterford Kamhlaba
  • Western Cape Primary Science Programme
  • Westminster School
  • Wiener Library Conference
  • Wordworks
  • WWF
  • Yala Fund