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, improving practices and pedagogy and testing new techniques and / or interventions. We favour grants directed at education in support of economic and social well-being, primarily in the UK and historically in South Africa.

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

In the UK we are primarily looking to fund work focused on technical / vocational education, out of school / after school mentoring, the preparedness of young people with regard to life skills and employability, and the development of young leaders.

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:

  • Access Project, The
  • Accountability Now
  • AIMS Project
  • Association of Commonwealth Universities
  • Association of Foot Solidaire
  • Atlantic College
  • Ben Gurion University
  • Brilliant Club, The
  • Business Bridge
  • CAMFED International
  • The Canon Collins Educational & Legal Assistance Trust
  • Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring, University
    of Durham
  • Centre for Investigative Journalism
  • Challenge Partners
  • China Dialogue
  • CHIVA Africa
  • CIDA Foundation UK
  • Computer Aid International
  • Dikakapa
  • Donald Woods Foundation
  • Elizabeth Finn Trust
  • Engineering Development Trust
  • Equal Education
  • Fort Hare Foundation
  • FunDza Literacy Trust
  • Future Frontiers
  • 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
  • Lumiere Creche & Day Care Centre
  • MaAfrika Tikkun UK
  • Magdalen College Library, Oxford University
  • Masibambane College
  • MyBigCareer
  • MyBnk
  • Nadya James
  • Natal Schools Project
  • Nuffield College
  • Numeric
  • Open Channels
  • 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