About Us

The philosophy behind our grant.

About the Initiative

Disability is a complex social issue. Currently, solutions generally fall into two categories: small-scale projects by individual non-profit organisations aimed at localized outcomes; and those centrally driven by the government aimed at aligning the social sector’s resources with social policy.

To address current and complex challenges faced by persons with disabilities and caregivers over the course of their lives, the Tote Board Enabling Lives Initiative Grant was conceived to support projects that have the potential to make meaningful social impact. The grant aims to bring together the technical and domain expertise of SSAs, social enterprises and other organisations.


Overview of the Grant

The grant is part of the overall $30 million Tote Board Enabling Lives Initiative by Tote Board to be delivered over six years, in partnership with SG Enable and National Council of Social Service (NCSS). The initiative aims to improve the well-being of persons with disabilities and their caregivers.

The Tote Board Enabling Lives Initiative seeks to:

1) Embed an ‘outcomes-based approach’ to help shape desired outcomes within the disability sector;

2) Proactively build collaborations within the disability sector, including between SSAs, government, academia, corporates;

3) Support evidence-based programmes, seed innovative ideas, new models and pilots as well as scale up/replicate programmes and services that have been successfully implemented or piloted in Singapore or globally;

4) Facilitate deeper engagement with the SSAs and projects;

5) Share good practices and learning across the disability and wider social sector.

SG Enable will fund projects in the disability space while NCSS will support public education and awareness on disability issues.

SG Enable - Grant Call Process

SG Enable is Tote Board’s grant administration partner and will administer $23 million over six years through 10 grant calls. The grant will support new, innovative and evidence-based projects in the cross-cutting disability areas of Data and Technology, Caregiver and Natural Support and Transition Management.

What’s different?

In order to support projects that have the potential to make meaningful social impact, the Tote Board Enabling Lives Initiative (TBELI) Grant was conceived to bring together the technical and domain expertise of SSAs, social enterprises and other organisations.

The grant was designed using human-centred design principles, backed by in-depth research with existing grant makers, grant applicants and other stakeholders.

What if the grant wasn’t just about the money? How might we create a holistic experience around the grant, that supports and excites an entire sector?

  • Application Assistance

    Application Assistance

    We support you by walking you through the grant application process and providing resources.

  • Access to Industry Contacts

    Access to Industry Contacts

    We provide industry contacts and access to domain knowledge of disability-related projects. We help match you to relevant partners so that your idea will have a greater reach and impact.

  • Simplifying the Process

    Simplifying the Process

    We make the process as easy and straightforward as we can, without compromising standards.

How much does the TBELI grant fund?

Grant Fund piechart

The grant covers between 50% and 90% of the eligible expenses of the project. The minimum grant size is SGD 50,000.

Proposals are evaluated by an independent Tote Board Enabling Lives Initiative Grant Evaluation Committee. The evaluation and approving authorities depends on the funding amount you seek:

Up to $1 million Singapore Dollars
Evaluation and approval: Grant Evaluation Panel
More than $1 million Singapore Dollars
Advice by the Grant Evaluation Panel; Evaluation and approval by an appropriate Committee/Board within the Tote Board

All projects must commit to a minimum of one year.

What happens at TBELI

The TBELI Grant Programme Office will launch two thematic grant calls publicly each year between 2015 and 2020. Applicants attend a briefing session to learn about the grant call and take note of the submission process, deadlines, and evaluation criteria.

After the submission is received, the Grant Programme Office may get in touch with you to better understand your project idea and your organisation. If your project is shortlisted, you will be invited to meet the grant programme team to develop and refine your project ideas. You will be required to present your final project proposal in person to an independent Grant Evaluation Committee.

Schedule of Grant Calls

SG Enable reserves the right to change the grant call schedule. Please check this webpage for the latest grant call schedule


Grant Call


Jan 2015


Data and Tech: Information & Resources

Jul 2015


Caregiver Support: Caregiver Psycho-social Support

Jan 2016


Transition Management: Transition to Post School

Jul 2016


Data & Tech: (a) Accessibility and Mobility & (b) Transition to Work

Jan 2017


Data & Tech: Independent Living and Future Care

Sep 2017


Data & Tech: Enriching Social Life and Expanding Work Opportunities

Mar 2018


Caregiver Support: Emergent Daily Needs

Sep 2018


Work and Community Integration

Mar 2019


Caregiver Support: (a) Transition & Changing Needs (b) Social Network & Support

Sep 2019


Data & Tech: Social Innovation & Transformation

The TBELI grant is funded by Tote Board and managed by SG Enable


The Tote Board

The Tote Board oversees the efficient and effective operations of Singapore Pools and Singapore Turf Club to ensure that horse racing and all forms of betting and gaming operated by the two entities are conducted with honesty and integrity.

Donates funds to the community for activities that will make for a stronger nation and a better people.

SG Enable

SG Enable

SG Enable is an agency dedicated to enabling persons with disabilities. Key functions of SG Enable include:

  • Enhancing information and referral services for child and adult disability schemes
  • Administering grants and support to persons with disabilities and their caregivers
  • Improving transition management across different life stages
  • Enhancing employability and employment options for persons with disabilities
  • Rallying stakeholder support in enabling persons with disabilities

Contact Us

For any enquiries on the Tote Board Enabling Lives Initiative Grant, please do not hesitate to contact SG Enable at:

Infoline Contact No.:

1800 8585 885

Infoline Operating Hours:

Monday to Friday: 9.00am to 5.30pm

Closed on Weekends and Public Holidays


SG Enable

20 Lengkok Bahru, #02-06, Singapore 159053

For more information on the Tote Board Enabling Lives Initiative Grant, please click here for the Frequently Asked Questions.

Have additional enquiries? Contact SG Enable.

Grant Design

About the Grant

What projects are we looking for?

The grant funds new project as well as the scaling up of existing programmes. Specifically, the grant supports:

  • Innovative ideas
  • Product or prototype development
  • New service models or programmes
  • Pilot programmes
  • Localisation of overseas best practices
  • Ready-to-scale projects and programmes

Funding will NOT be extended to:

  • Existing mainstream government programmes or services
  • Projects that already receive other forms of government funding
  • Projects that already receive funding from the Tote Board
  • Projects that do not directly benefit persons with disabilities or caregivers. Examples include projects that are solely research-based, and organisational capability building
  • Commercial projects
  • Any project that:
    • 1. only benefits an individual
    • 2. only benefits a single political ideology or party
    • 3. promotes religion

As part of Tote Board’s strategic direction, the grant supports projects with a focus on the following cross-cutting issues in the disability sector:

Caregiver & Natural Support, Data & Technology, Transition Management
Caregivers are people who provide assistance with daily activities. It often requires attention to the physical, mental, social and psychological needs and wellbeing of the care recipients.

Caregivers are integral members of the disability landscape and their role and wellbeing cannot be ignored. Caregivers can be empowered and supported through a comprehensive range of support mechanisms that addresses areas such as caregiving, financial, socio-emotional and training needs etc.

Natural Support refers to resources inherent in the community environment that can be tapped for rehabilitation and support purposes.

Natural Support can take the form of personal relationships and associations from the community that can enhance the support network of persons with disabilities and their caregivers and can occur in the workplace, neighbourhood and community, classrooms, clubs, organisations, and through other civic activities.

Data and Technology is an enabler for persons with disabilities and their caregivers. As a platform that creates more opportunities, persons with disabilities and their caregivers can benefit largely from the use of data and technology. For example, Assistive Technology can enhance and enable persons with disabilities and caregivers in areas such as information and resources, mobility and navigation, communication, work productivity and daily living etc.

In the disability landscape, transitions are defined as points of change in services, and in the personnel and organisations that coordinate and provide services to children and families. Transitions can be in the form of movement from one life phase to another, or movements from one service to another. As such, Transition Management refers to a coordinated set of activities that takes into account the client’s needs, preferences and interests and supports them across these transitions points.

Shared Outcomes

As part of the grant’s strategic initiative, projects funded under this grant must work towards a set of desired outcomes in the disability sector. By focusing on these outcomes, the grant hopes to bring about greater positive social impact for persons with disabilities and their caregivers. Projects funded under the Tote Board Enabling Lives Grant must be designed to meet (at least one of) the following outcomes:


Persons with Disabilities



Persons with disabilities experience increased psychological and emotional well-being.

Caregivers experience increased psychological and emotional well-being.

Empowerment / Support

Persons with disabilities improve in their life skills (i.e. independent living skills, functional skills etc.) as much as their potential allows.

Caregivers feel confident of their ability to provide competent care and support to persons with disabilities.

Empowerment / Support

Persons with disabilities (or their proxies) are able to make informed decisions and planning via better support and access to information, programme and product navigation.

Caregivers have greater access to support services, network and structure that sustain caregiving.

Integration with Society

Persons with disabilities have more opportunities to participate in social, family, economic and community life.

Caregivers have more opportunities to participate in social, family, economic and community life.

Funding & Eligibility

What can be funded under the grant?

The grant covers between 50% and 90% of eligible expenses of the project. Grant applicants are expected to co-fund, or seek other funding sources to cover the remaining expenses that are not covered by the grant. The minimum grant size is SGD 50,000.

Eligible expenses for claims include direct costs of the project on manpower, marketing and outreach, equipment, software and consumables, third-party research and consultancy costs as well as third-party evaluation costs and so on.

The grant does not cover daily operation costs such as rental of office spaces, utilities, and manpower costs not related to the project. The final funding quantum and funding components are decided by the respective evaluation and approving authorities.

All applicants must commit to a minimum of one year and up to a maximum of three years.

Who is eligible to apply?
  • Social Service Agency
  • Charities
  • Non-profit organisations
  • Research institutes
  • Social enterprises (recognised by raiSE - Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise)
  • Institutes of higher learning


Organisations that fall outside of this list are considered on a case-by-case basis.

You would be required to partner a Social Service Agency to apply for the grant.

What we require of you and your projects

  • Project focus icon

    A project focus

    Projects must aim at improving the wellbeing of persons with disabilities or caregivers. They must have well-defined goals and objectives to meet the shared outcomes of the Tote Board Enabling Lives Initiative.

  • Open access icon

    Open access

    Your project or programme must be open for all to access. It should not be limited to an organisation-specific membership.

    If fees are to be charged, they should be kept affordable. Revenue from these fees must only go into cost recovery of expenses not covered by the grant.

  • Intellectual property rights icon

    Intellectual property rights

    Grant applicants own any intellectual property (IP) rights, but they shall give access to use of this IP at no cost to the Grant Programme Office bearers (i.e. SG Enable and Tote Board).

    For projects that terminate prematurely, IP rights will reside with the Grant Programme Office for recycling purposes.

  • Reporting and impact measurement icon

    Reporting and impact measurement

    You must be willing to comply with the monitoring and reporting guidelines of the grant. You must adhere to the minimum standards of service established for the project.

  • Shared learning icon

    Shared learning

    The applicant must be willing to share the findings and/or recommendations arising from the funded projects for shared learning purposes when necessary.

How are projects evaluated?

Proposals are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Innovation

    We value novelty of your proposals as compared to existing solutions.

  • Scalability/sustainability

    The project’s potential for continuation, expansion, and introduced as a mainstream product.

  • Collaboration

    Organisations that seek collaboration and partnership will be evaluated more favourably.

  • Shared outcomes

    The TBELI grant will issue 10 grant calls over the course of 6 years. Each grant call is based on a theme. This thematic approach ensures that projects sharing a similar goal can be evaluated at the same time, and the grant office can match organisations with complementary capabilities and create stronger proposals.

  • Evidence as a basis

    Projects that are supported by evidence-based research, such as model programmes, research-based programmes, overseas examples, trialed and tested projects, will be evaluated more favourably.

  • Feasibility

    Projects are evaluated based on their potential to deliver outcomes, market demand, availability of time and capacity, financial resources, technological feasibility.

Criteria will be applied appropriately to the development phase of the grant projects. For example, scalability may not be an evaluation criterion for projects still at a proof-of-concept stage.

The Grant Journey

During the course of the project journey, you will get to experience a spectrum of interactions and activities offered by the grant, how different stakeholders would interact with one another, and how the grant might benefit SSAs, social enterprises, research institutes, funders and other stakeholders.

  • Pre-application
  • Application
  • Evaluation
  • Implementation
  • Reporting
  • Impact Measurement
  • Closure

step 1

Grant Call/Pre-Application

A briefing will be hosted to share the larger intent and mission of the grant call.

The meeting facilitates as a platform for ideation for possible solutions to address problem statement with interested parties from the social sector, technologists, researchers and industry experts.

step 2

Application (3 months)

The Grant Programme Office will work with you to identify your funding needs and refine your project idea.

The Grant Proposal Writing Workshop aims to equip participants with the necessary knowledge to articulate their theory of change, develop sustainability plans and refine their projects for presentation and pitching, amongst others.

step 3

Evaluation (3 months)

Applicants will be notified of their application status within a month after the closing date of application.

The Grant Programme Office will work with the shortlisted applicants to prepare for the pitch to the Evaluation Panel for grant approval.

step 4


Successful grant applicants will sign a Funding Agreement with the Grant Programme Office.

All project milestones, deliverables and disbursement amounts would have to be drawn up and agreed upon by all relevant parties before the commencement of the project.

step 5


Grant recipients would have to submit a half-yearly progress and expenditure report to the Grant Programme Office.

In addition, a detailed annual report and audited statements on grant utilisation would be required.

step 6

Impact Measurement

The Grant Programme Office will work with each grant recipient to identify and measure the social outcome of their funded projects.

step 7


The funded project will be deemed successful if all the milestones and deliverables have been met and all reports submitted.