The Hantomeli Foundation is an Australian based, family-run foundation seeking to empower the marginalised and disadvantaged via engagement in entrepreneurial and innovative solutions resulting in sustainable, positive change for all Australians.

The Hantomeli Foundation logo adopts the stylised symbol of bamboo to represent the growth of new ideas and projects. Bamboo is often used as a scaffold, conveying strength and support as well as flexibility. 


Established in 2007, the Hantomeli Foundation is a Private Ancillary Fund limited to making distributions to Deductible Gift Recipients (DGRs). We invest and partner with organisations that demonstrate innovative, evidence-based solutions to challenging social issues. We look to form multi-year partnerships with organisations to help them achieve long-term positive outcomes.

The Hantomeli Foundation currently supports organisations in the following areas.


In addition, we invest and partner with organisations that foster collaboration in the philanthropic sector and help to raise awareness of social issues across the broader community.

Currently the Hantomeli Foundation is not accepting unsolicited grant applications and proposals are considered on an invitation-only basis.

Organisations we have supported
The Top Blokes Foundation fosters young men’s social inclusion, emotional and social resilience and improves their mental health and wellbeing. Top Blokes programs constitute an affirmative platform for young males to employ positive decision making skills, become positive role models to their peers and adopt healthier lifestyle choices while developing personal qualities of integrity, character and respect for others.
Documentary Australia Foundation (DAF) is Australia's only independent, non-profit initiative bringing philanthropists and filmmakers together to create social change. Storytelling has an undeniable power to engage empathy, raise awareness, and inspire action in social change initiatives. By forging new pathways to audiences through collaborations with the social sector, DAF amplifies the profile and impact of community-focused issues through documentary.

The Hantomeli Foundation has invested in the following films produced by DAF:

1. Ka-Ching! Pokie Nation (2015) – Gambling Reform, Social Welfare
2. Call Me Dad (2015) – Youth and Education, Social Welfare
3. Happy Sad Man (2016) – Mental Health, Social Welfare
Fighting Chance exists to enrich the lives of young adults with disability in Australia. Through the creation of innovative training programs and social businesses, Fighting Chance provides opportunities for meaningful social participation, employment, work experience and skill development to young people with the most significant disabilities in our community.
The Funding Network (TFN) hosts live collective-giving events where individuals, foundations and corporations come together to create social change. At each event, four social entrepreneurs running grassroots non-profit organisations pitch for funding and in kind support. Guests have the opportunity to ask questions and pledge support, with the collective goal to raise at least $10,000 for each organisation. Donors can also choose to give more than funding by providing mentoring or in-kind support.

 The Hantomeli Foundation is a founding partner of TFN. In addition to directly funding TFN, we have supported the following organisations via TFN events:

1.  Batyr
2.  Manjeri School Project
3.  Raise Foundation
4.  Top Blokes Foundation
5.  Tribal Warrior
6. Literacy For Life
    7. Bus Stop Films
    8. Grameen Australia
Play for Life is founded on the critical role of lifelong play and belief that all Australian children have the right to a rich and healthy play experience at school that enhances their educational outcomes and prepares them for life. Play For Life’s work is early intervention, which assists in increasing the child’s attachment to school and engagement with learning, and aims to achieve improved education and health outcomes in their lives and the lives of their families.
SVA works to improve the lives of people in Australia in need, prioritising their work in education, employment, housing, and with First Australians. SVA focuses on understanding the structural causes behind persistent disadvantage, then finding and supporting the innovative approaches that can create systemic change.
Jesuit Refugee Service is an international Catholic organisation with a mission to accompany, serve and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. JRS works chiefly in the fields of education, emergency assistance, healthcare, livelihood activities and social services. 



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