Henkell Family Fund

About Us

The Henkell Family Fund was set up in 2006 as a sub-fund of the Australian Community Foundation.

It commemorates the work of the Henkell family. The Henkell Family has always donated generously within the community and the HENKELL FAMILY FUND (HFF) was formed to receive assistance with the administration of grant distributions. The HFF has generally been established to support the German-Australian community in Melbourne in particular institutions with charitable and community-based purposes as well as purposes with a focus on the operatic and Lied art. Our fund has also given hardship relief.

We have been supportive of artistic organisations and groups in particular in the area of vocal art. Hans Henkell, a German born business man and philanthropist, grew up under an extended cultural and operatic influence. His father was always a role model for him in regards of community support whilst his mother was the role model in performing and associating with artists and to make in fact music. Hans likes to support the opera in particular, to ensure the survival and flourishing of this art form in Australia. The Henkell Family Fund distributed grants to stimulate and support operatic activity in Melbourne, whereby organisations and groups producing actual entertainment accessible to the public are supported in a more substantial way.

We are still building up the corpus of the sub-fund, but have made grants to a number of causes already. We appreciate the cooperation with Australian Community Foundation.

Cultural Support

Abbotsford Convent
Australian Bach Society
Australian International Opera Awards
Australian National Academy Of Music
Australian Youth Orchestra
Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust
Lieder Society of Victoria
Lyric Opera
Melbourne Bach Choir
Melbourne Opera Company
Melbourne Recital Centre
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Mietta Song Award
More Than Opera Ltd.
MTO German-Australian Opera Grant
Opera Australia
Opera Foundation Australia
Opera Scholars Australia
Opera Studio Melbourne
Opera Society
Orchestra Victoria
Royal Melbourne Philharmonic
The Arts Centre
The Wagner Society
Victorian Opera
3MBS (Classic Radio)

German Australian Community Support

Deutsche Schule Melbourne
German-Australian Welfare Society
German Lutheran Trinity Church

Hardship Relief

CanTeen (Supporting Young People Living with Cancer)
Martin Luther Homes (Aged Care)
Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne
Tabulam & Templer Homes (Aged Care)
The Lost Dogs' Home
Very Special Kids