The Potter Foundation Grants to International Organisations

The David and Elaine Potter Foundation is one of the distinguished charitable family foundation incorporated in the year 1999 to encourage a stronger as well as fairer civil society. It has granted nearly £12 million to authorized charities in the UK and abroad. Approximately 80-90% of annual funding is granted to core priorities of Education, Civil Society and Research. The remaining 10-20% of our grants will be awarded to the Arts and smaller projects which still support foundation’s key values.

The Foundation provide multi-year grants up to a maximum of five years where the needs of the programme require it. Co-funding partnerships with other grant making organizations are encouraged for partnership.

Focus Areas

  1. Civil Society
  2. Human Rights
  3. Education
  4. Research
  5. Arts

Geographical focus

The foundation fund organisations in the UK and elsewhere, but the main focus of their education grants will be for projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. The foundation supports UK charities who work with local NGOs in the country in which the programme is based.

Past Grantees

  • Institute of Physics- 10,000 for Education in South Africa
  • Open Trust (openDemocracy) 25,000 for Education in UK
  • University of Cape Town Trust- 25,000 for Education South Africa
  • Yala Fund of 3,500 to Sri Lanka in Education
  • Global Witness- 50,000 to International Governance
  • Human Rights Watch- 50,000 for Human Rights Internationally
  • Justice Project Pakistan 30,000 for Human Rights in Pakistan

Eligibility Criteria

  • The foundation only funds registered charities and educational institutions across mentioned countries.
  • Exclusions
    • 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

Application Process

The foundation does not accept or consider uninvited or unsolicited applications. Applicants can make an inquiry regarding applications.

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  1. Dear Sir/Madam,
    I am writing to you with regards to this funding opportunity ‘The Potter Foundation Grants to International Organisations’.
    We are a UK-based registered charity with global operation in more than 30 countries (including in Mali, Malawi, Niger, Sudan and Chad).
    We have interest in applying for this fund to focus on strengthening the CSOs in any of the above-mentioned countries through developing their capacity in conducting applied research (to help generating the right knowledge and hence making informed choices) as well as training them on multiple operational aspects such as management, proposal / report writing, presentation skills, humanitarian values and standards, etc.

    We would like to learn more about the application for this fund.

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  2. James Muhwezi says:

    Thank you so much Potter’s Foundation for the profound contribution to the education of children and youth in Sub-Saharan Africa.
    I am a senior lecturer at National Teachers’ College, Kaliro; in Eastern Uganda. I am also paraplegic from a spine injury.
    The institution is located in a rural setting with a community that hardly provides their families’ basic needs and I am concerned with the low level of education handed to the children. I am particularly irked by the high rate of school dropout and especially the rate of child pregnancies.
    I would like to help these children (especially girls) to access good schools where they can get decent education and stay in school (because the main reason for dropout is lack of school fees and other school requirements). But the problem is, I do not know whom to contact for funds to help these rural children.
    I’ve started an organization to help vulnerable children especially the disabled and girl children. But I have not yet registered it as an NGO. Please, advise me.
    Thank you once again!

  3. Pastor Samuel says:

    Dear Sir/ Madam,
    Greetings to you all !
    I am Pastor Samuel running orphanage in Kathmandu registered from Nepal government. Because of recently deadly earthquake in Nepal lots of children lost their parent.
    Now they have no place where they have to go and who take care of them. We are very worried about their future and their education. In this time children are in a very big trouble.
    Children need all of your love and help at this moment. These children are waiting for all of your help. We need immediately financial help, medical, food and shelter.
    We have 15 earthquake victim children in our orphanage now from different places of Nepal. We are also planning to add more. We have 10 girls children and 5 boys children age between 5 to 11 years old.
    Our financial condition is not good even not able to feed them regularly. It is because we are searching the donor. Please continue pray for them so that they should get donor who help them regularly.
    May god bless you all as you do his work.
    In Children’s Love,
    Pastor Samuel