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 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 VWOs, social enterprises and other organisations.
In order to support projects that have the potential to make meaningful social impact, the Tote Board-Enabling Lives Initiative (TB-ELI) Grant was conceived to bring together the technical and domain expertise of VWOs, 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?
We support you by walking you through the grant application process and providing resources.
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
We make the process as easy and straightforward as we can, without compromising standards.
How much does the TB-ELI grant fund?
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 TB-ELI
The TB-ELI 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.
The TB-ELI 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 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
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:
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.
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.
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.
Who is eligible to apply?
- Voluntary welfare organisations
- 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 Voluntary Welfare Organisation to apply for the grant.
What we require of you and your projects
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.
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
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
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.
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:
We value novelty of your proposals as compared to existing solutions.
The project’s potential for continuation, expansion, and introduced as a mainstream product.
Organisations that seek collaboration and partnership will be evaluated more favourably.
The TB-ELI grant will issue 8 grant calls over the course of 5 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.
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 VWOs, social enterprises, research institutes, funders and other stakeholders.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Grant Programme Office will work with each grant recipient to identify and measure the social outcome of their funded projects.
The funded project will be deemed successful if all the milestones and deliverables have been met and all reports submitted.