Read more about the grant programme in Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese.

Social enterprises must

  • Innovative social enterprises that have a proven business model and track record in sales and profitability.
  • Demonstrate track record in environment &/ or social impact
  • Demonstrate opportunities for growth and potential to scale-up

Grants between SGD 50,000 and SGD 250,000 to support social enterprises

Registered or operating in Singapore, China, India, Indonesia, Hong Kong and/or Taiwan.

Special grant category for ‘Zero Food Waste’

Businesses working towards Zero Food Waste, such as reducing food loss along the supply chain, managing food surplus or upcycling food waste.

We welcome applications from social enterprises looking to scale up their business and social and/or environment impact in Asia.

  • For-profit registered business entity with a presence in Singapore, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia and Taiwan
  • Have a proven business model, a good market track record, and clear scale-up plans for the business
  • Have a committed social and/or environment mission and impact measurement framework

How to Apply

Application to the 2021 DBS Foundation Social Enterprise Grant Programme is now closed. We would like to thank all applicants for your overwhelming response.

The next Evaluation Period for the DBS Foundation Social Enterprise Grant Programme will commence in 2022.

*Exact dates will be communicated in due course.

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Frequently Asked Questions

*Examples, but not exhaustive

  • Expand to new markets
  • Increase social impact and enhance impact measurement framework
  • Deepen innovation, technology and platform capabilities
  • Protect intellectual assets
  • Grow a core team
  • Improve operational efficiencies / production capacities
  • Expand brand and marketing capabilities

  • Not-for-profit organisations
  • Individuals applying for fellowships and stipends
  • Religious organisations for religious purposes, election campaigns, general fund-raising drives or event sponsorships

  1. Proven track record
    • Proven business model with sustainable year-on-year growth
    • Strong traction in sales and market demand
    • Strong track record in financials and metrics
  1. Demonstration of environment &/or social impact
    • Follows impact measurement frameworks to measure outcomes
    • Track record in impact towards defined stakeholders and beneficiary groups
  1. Potential to scale-up
    • Leverage technology and platforms to scale-up
    • Innovative with differentiated product, offering and business model
    • Strong pipeline of opportunities for growth
  1. Strong leadership & team
    • Leadership is visionary and capable of leading the company to scale-up
    • Team has relevant experience and skills to execute on expansion plans

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