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Over the years, DBS supported more than 100 social enterprises in Asia with grant funding. Including the non-financial support and business procurement opportunities that DBS provides, we have worked with over 200 social enterprises.

DBS Foundation actively supports social enterprises with its Social Enterprise Grant Programme. This grant programme enables social enterprises to add critical capabilities to achieve sustainability and scale up their existing business that leads to greater social impact. Find out more about our Grant Awardees who received the DBS Foundation Social Enterprise Grant.

The Foundation also partners social enterprise developers to facilitate knowledge sharing and build the capacity of social enterprises to achieve social and commercial viability. These partners provide incubation, bootcamps, workshops and some financial support to social enterprises. Get to know the social enterprises we have nurtured or have funded through our partners over the years.

Our Leadership

We offer grants between SGD 50,000 and SGD 250,000 to social enterprises who have a product market fit, demonstrated traction in sales and revenue, clear social impact and are ready to scale up.

We fund social enterprises registered and operating in:

What are we looking for?

We want to support social enterprises in scaling their businesses through improving operational capacity, innovation capabilities, extending geographical reach, and thereby increasing their social impact.

The social enterprise seeking the grant must:
  • Have a business product/solution that has been validated in the market, as evidenced by revenue generation and/or traction in client acquisition, with clear plans to scale up business; and
  • Be committed to a social mission and have a clear roadmap towards scaling social impact.

Some examples of how a DBS Foundation Social Enterprise Grant may be used:

  • Expand to new regions/markets
  • Increase production capacity
  • Establish / strengthen a brand
  • Improve operational efficiency
  • Build or structure a team
  • Enhance social impact measurement / management
  • Protect intellectual property
We do not fund:
  • Specific individual fellowships/stipends and personal expenses, charities or NGOs primarily dependent on donations
  • Religious organisations for religious purposes, election campaigns, general fund-raising drives or event sponsorships

Submission & Evaluation of Applications

Application forms received before 31 July 2019, 2359hrs (Singapore time, GMT+8) will be evaluated from August to September 2019*.

Application forms received on 1 August 2019 and thereafter will be evaluated in the next evaluation cycle in 2020.

Awarding of Grants

October/November 2019*.

*Exact dates will be communicated later.

Submission & Evaluation of Applications

Application forms received before 31 July 2019, 2359hrs (Singapore time, GMT+8) will be evaluated from August to September 2019*.

Application forms received on 1 August 2019 and thereafter will be evaluated in the next evaluation cycle in 2020.

Awarding of Grants

October/November 2019*.

*Exact dates will be communicated later.

We evaluate grant applications on the following criteria:

Innovation

  • Extent to which the solution is different from the status quo
  • Extent to which social enterprise maintains innovation and continuous improvement

Social Impact

  • Clarity of social problem, stakeholders/beneficiaries, evidence-based impact metrics
  • Robustness of theory of change supported by social enterprise model

Business viability

  • Established market demand for the social enterprise’s product service offering
  • Strength of customer acquisition strategy and revenue model
  • Clear financial track record and realistic projections

Scalability of business and social impact

  • Feasibility of scale-up plans based on identified key growth drivers and milestones
  • Operational ability to implement scale-up plans over the next 24 months

Team Strength

  • Founder’s vision and commitment to achieving scale in profits and social impact
  • Management team’s experience and ability to achieve the growth targets

Submissions should be made in English, Chinese or Bahasa Indonesia only. Please ensure that you have read the terms and conditions of the grant and only proceed with the application if you have met the eligibility criteria.

After completing the application form, save it in .docx format only and email the form to dbsfoundation@dbs.com; ensure that the total file size does not exceed 3MB.

Each entity may only submit one application. Entities with multiple applications in a single evaluation period will be disqualified.

To download the form, please use a computer or laptop (NOT a mobile phone or tablet) to download the application form. If the form does not download automatically when you click on the red button below, right click on the red button, select “Save Target As” or “Save Link As” to save the form on your computer. Locate and open the file using Microsoft Office 2010, 2013 or 2016.

Grant Application Form

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申请办法

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每个实体只能提交一份申请以供评估。在同一个评估期内提交多份申请的实体将被取消资格。

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申请表

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請確保您已閱讀此贈款計劃的條款和條件,並且該計劃僅接受符合標準的人員。

申請書必須僅以.docx 格式提交。請將申請書和任何補充文件一併電郵至dbsfoundation@dbs.com,幷確保總文件大小不超過3MB

每家社會企業只能提交一份申請。同一評選周期內提交多份申請的社會企業將被取消資格。

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申請表

Please click here for the terms & conditions governing the DBS Foundation Social Enterprise Grant.