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Since 2012, DBS supported over 100 social enterprises in Asia with grant funding. Including the non-financial resources and business procurement opportunities that DBS provides, we have worked with over 200 social enterprises.

DBS Foundation actively supports social enterprises with its annually administered Social Enterprise Grant Programme. This grant programme enables social enterprises to develop a prototype of their idea, improve existing processes or add critical capabilities to achieve sustainability, or scale up their existing business that leads to greater social impact. Find out more about our Grant Awardees that received the DBS Foundation Social Enterprise Grant.

The Foundation also partners social enterprise developers to facilitate knowledge sharing and build the capacity of early stage social enterprises to achieve social and commercial viability. These partners provide incubation, bootcamps, workshops and some financial support to social enterprises. Some of our grant partners include NUS Enterprise, Village Capital and Tata Institute of Social Sciences in India, SE Insights in Taiwan, YouChange Foundation in China, the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS), and more. Get to know the social enterprises we have nurtured or have funded through our partners over the years.

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All grants will be offered in SGD.

Prototype grants of up to SGD 50,000

For newly registered social enterprises with innovative and scalable ideas that address relevant social problems. Entities should be registered for less than 2 years as of 1st Jan 2018. The idea is ready to be developed into a working prototype. This grant is expected to help the social enterprises get to market.

Organisational grants of up to SGD 250,000

Targeted at revenue generating social enterprises that have been registered and in operations for between 2 to 4 years as of 1st Jan 2018. This grant is aimed to support these more established social enterprises scale up business capacity, innovation capabilities, extend geographical reach and/or expand social impact.

We fund social enterprises registered and operating in:

Prototype grant
Organisational grant
Quantum
  • Up to SGD50,000
  • Up to SGD250,000
Grant duration
  • Up to 24 months
Items not covered
  • General business overheads
  • Founders’ salaries
  • General business overheads
  • Ongoing liquidity needs
  • Guarantor function unless as part of DBSF financing construct
  • Founders’ salaries
General eligibility criteria
  • Registered business entity at the country of operations;
  • Have neither religious nor political agenda/affiliations
  • India only: obtained Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) or in process of obtaining FCRA approval. Those which have no intention to obtain FCRA approval must provide evidence that they do not require FCRA.
Prototype grant
  • Registered business entity at the country of operations;
  • Have neither religious nor political agenda/affiliations
Organisational grant
Additional criteria
  • Business entity has been registered and in operations for less than 2 years as of 1st Jan 2018
  • Business entity has been registered and in operations between 2 to 4 years (as of 1st Jan 2018);
  • Revenue generating for at least past 6 months (as of 1st Mar 2018); and there is at least one full time founder who is
    • not gainfully employed and/or involved in any other entities,
    • the main key decision maker, and
    • running the daily operations of the entity applying for the grant
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

Applications Open

1 March 2018

Evaluation & Discussions with shortlisted applicants

Local evaluation: June 2018*

Regional evaluation: July 2018*

Applications Close (2359hrs Singapore time)

31 March 2018

In order to be fair to all applicants, we will adhere strictly to this timeline and entries received after the dateline will not be considered.

Announcement of Grant Awardees

August 2018*

*Actual dates will be communicated later.

Applications Open

1 March 2018

Evaluation & Discussions with shortlisted applicants

Local evaluation: June 2018*

Regional evaluation: July 2018*

Applications Close (2359hrs Singapore time)

31 March 2018

In order to be fair to all applicants, we will adhere strictly to this timeline and entries received after the dateline will not be considered.

Announcement of Grant Awardees

August 2018*

*Actual dates will be communicated later.

We evaluate grant applications on the following criteria:

Innovation

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

Social Enterprise Model

  • Robustness of social enterprise model and theory of change
  • Strength of business model and plans for sustainability
  • Clear awareness and understanding of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats

Social Impact

  • Clear understanding and articulation of intended beneficiaries, desired outcomes and/or impact, available evidence.
  • Ability to align social impact and business impact
  • Ability to show how social impact can be increased in the future

Geography

  • Operating or impacting social issues in one or more of the following countries:
    Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan
  • Relevance and commitment to the community
  • Potential for geographic expansion

Team Strength

  • Team members' ability and credibility to achieve the social enterprise's objectives and growth targets.

Operation Plan

  • Clear presentation and projection of resource use, key targets, timelines, milestones and success indicators.

Financial Plan

  • Clear presentation and projection of financial indicators like profit/loss, cash flows, and how funds obtained will be used.
  • Commitment to achieving financial sustainability

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Submissions should be made in English, Chinese and 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.

Fill up the application form and email it to dbsfoundation(@)dbs.com before 31st March 2018, 2359hrs (Singapore time) Applications must only be filed in .doc or .pdf and total email file size should be less than 3MB. Each entity may only submit one entry for either grant type.

Entities or individuals with multiple entries will be disqualified.

How 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, right click on the red button, select “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”, save the form on your desktop, locate and open the file using Microsoft Office 2010, 2013 or 2016.

請確保您已閱讀本獎助金計畫的條款與條件,本計畫僅接受符合標準者參加。

所有必填詳細資訊填寫完畢,並附上附件後(檔案總大小不超過 3MB),請在 2018年 3月 31日 23:59(新加坡時間)之前將本申請書傳送至 dbsfoundation(@)dbs.com。 申請書必須僅以.doc和/或.pdf提交。

對於各個獎助金類型,每個實體只能提出一項申請。提出多項申請的實體或個人將喪失計畫資格。

如何下載提案表格:請使用電腦或筆記本電腦(而非手機或平板電腦)下載表格。如果點擊紅色按鈕時表格沒有自動下載,將滑鼠移至紅色按鈕上按滑鼠右鍵,選擇“另存目標”或“將目標另存為”,將表格文件儲存至桌面或電腦中,並使用Microsoft Office 2010,2013或2016打開該文件。

Have a question? Download the latest FAQs here.

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