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Grant Call 9 - CLOSED

Caregiver Support

We were heartened to see more than 50 social innovators gathered on 2 May for Grant Call 9 – I Talk. You Talk. We Do! session to understand the scope of this grant call and connect with like-minded individuals and organisations to brainstorm creative solutions to help caregivers of persons with disabilities in their personal lives as well as in their caregiving journey. Click here to read more about this edition’s grant call theme.

Download the latest application form (as of 25 Mar 2019) here .

The Caregiving Journey of Caregivers of Persons with Disabilities

The experience of caregiving evolves over the life course of caregivers and their care recipients. 

The role of a caregiver can be greatly rewarding, yet extremely challenging. Better health and social care have led to increased life expectancy, where there will be more caregivers caring for persons with disabilities well into their twilight years.

As bedrocks for persons with disabilities, a caregiver’s job demands dedication, energy and patience. Yet with increasing challenges brought about by their own ageing as well as the ageing of their disabled care recipients, more needs to be done to help caregivers in their personal lives as well as in their caregiving journey.

In Grant Call 9, we focus on ageing caregivers as a key transition point.

Aging caregivers of persons with disabilities as a key transition point

“But one common denominator remains. For everyone of these parents I know and every parent I meet at many focus group, all of them worry what will happen to themselves and to their adult children when they themselves lose their mental capacity or pass on.” - Speech by Denise Phua in Parliament on 13 Feb 19

Better health and social care have led to increased life expectancy, including persons with disabilities. Together with the increased parental age at birth, there will be more caregivers caring for persons with disabilities well into their senior years. 

Aging related issues can add to the stress and other negative outcomes (eg. social isolation, physical and emotional exhaustion) of providing care for adult offspring whose dependency needs will also increase over time.

In its 9th call, the Tote Board Enabling Lives Initiative (TBELI) Grant seeks projects that centre on these themes:

Transition & Changing Needs Social Network & Support

Solutions that address challenges faced by caregivers as they age along with the persons with disabilities they are caring for. 

Solutions that address possible social isolation experienced by caregivers of persons with disabilities as they become less active socially. 


Over time, caregivers of persons with disabilities face increasing challenges brought upon by their own ageing and that of their care recipients. The social impact of this is compounded by Singapore’s ageing population. 

Challenges facing caregivers in their twilight years include:
1. Managing the transition from being the main caregiver to slowly relinquishing the caregiving role to another person;
2. Managing and coping with the needs of care recipients in the later stages of their lives; and
3. Addressing and curbing impending isolation as caregivers become less active socially.
Other challenges faced by caregivers include:
- Lack of social network and family support
- Financial insecurity
- Deteriorating physical health
- Lack of future care planning

We welcome solutions that address these challenges and/or enhance or complement currently available resources.



  • Byram, Elizabeth. 2018. “Late-Life Challenges in Caregiving for an Adult Child with a Developmental Disability.” Generations 42 (3): 9–14.
  • Yoong, A., and S. Koritsas. 2012. “The Impact of Caring for Adults with Intellectual Disability on the Quality of Life of Parents.” Journal of Intellectual Disability Research 56 (6): 609–19.
  • Dillenburger, Karola, and Lyn1, McKerr. 2011. "'How Long Are We Able to Go on?’ Issues Faced by Older Family Caregivers of Adults with Disabilities.” British Journal of Learning Disabilities 39 (1): 29–38.
  • Piazza, Vivian E., Frank J. Floyd, Marsha R. Mailick, and Jan S. Greenberg. “Coping and Psychological Health of Aging Parents of Adult Children with Developmental Disabilities.” American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 119, no. 2 (March 1, 2014): 186–98.
  • Weeks, Lori E.1,, Thomy1 Nilsson, Olive1 Bryanton, and Albert1 Kozma. 2009. “Current and Future Concerns of Older Parents of Sons and Daughters With Intellectual Disabilities.” Journal of Policy & Practice in Intellectual Disabilities 6 (3): 180–88.
  • Roberto, K. A. (1995). Family caregivers of aging adults with disabilities: A review of the caregiving literature. In K. A. Roberto (Ed.), The elderly caregiver: Caring for adults with developmental disabilities (pp. 3-18).

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How to apply

The following diagram illustrates the application process.

Apply for grant flowchart
  • Step

    Before you apply

    Take note of the theme of the current grant call and its closing date. Attend the briefing session to learn about the grant application process and gather information on the grant call. Take note of the eligibility criteria and the project guidelines.

    Download the Application Form.

  • Step


    Read the details of the grant on SG Enable’s website carefully and ensure that your project fulfills all criteria listed on the website. The completed Application Form and attachments are to be submitted by email to with subject Title: TBELI Grant Call [Number] Application – [Organisation’s Name].

  • Step

    After you apply

    Upon receipt of your completed application form, Tote Board Enabling Lives Initiative Grant Programme Office will send you an acknowledgement email. The Grant Programme Office may get in touch with you to better understand your project idea and your organisation.

    You may be requested to provide more information where necessary.

    If your project is shortlisted, you will be invited to meet up with the Grant Programme Office to further develop and refine your project ideas. All refined project proposals will be subjected to a review and evaluation by an independent Grant Evaluation Committee.

    If the application is successful, you will be informed and a letter of offer will be sent to you. All unsuccessful applicants will be informed accordingly.