The DBS Foundation Social Enterprise Grant Programme provides financial grants to accelerate the business growth and social impact of social enterprises. We encourage social enterprises to think out-of-the-box when they meet complex social needs, such as access to health and health education, employment generation for marginalised, environment protection and waste management solutions, responsible education and literacy, creating rural livelihoods, innovative technologies for social impact and much more.
The Grant Programme enables social enterprises improve existing processes or add critical capabilities to achieve sustainability, or scale up their existing business that leads to greater social impact. Grant awardees join an esteemed community of social enterprises whom DBS Foundation supports to ignite possibilities for a truly inclusive Asia.
We congratulate the Awardees of DBS Foundation Social Enterprise Grant Programme 2019! Learn more about them below:
Grant Awardees 2019
Agape Connecting People
Boaz International Education Institute
Cha Tzu Tang
Agape Connecting People
Rebuilding Lives and Reconciling Families
Agape Connecting People (Agape) is a venture-backed Contact Centre providing sustainable empowerment to the disadvantaged through employment. Staff at Agape include inmates serving time in prison, physically challenged persons, single mothers and ex-offenders. Agape offers a suite of services such as inbound and outbound telemarketing, live and FB chat, email management and leads generation, database maintenance etc supporting clients to enhance their customer experience. By leveraging technology, this social enterprise aims to impact single mothers and the visually impaired via homebased assignments.
The DBS Foundation grant will help Agape establish a training facility and develop WSQ-certified the curriculum as well as subsidise course fees for marginalised groups.
Boaz International Education Institute
For Children with SEN to Learn Better
"If children do not learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn."
Boaz International Education Institute was established with this principle by their founder who overcame her learning difficulty of Dyslexia. The social enterprise aims to provide support for children with special education needs (SEN) to help themselves.
The curriculum developed explores the inherent potential of every child, identifies his/her strengths to become independent learners and assimilate into the society.
The DBS Foundation grant will support the international accreditation of their trainer programme thereby encouraging more passionate educators in this field and supporting students from marginalised groups.
Cha Tzu Tang
Belief. Art. Land. Tradition. People
With declining markets, emergence of chemical products, and loss of heritage in camellia cultural assets, many old farmers and scattered camellia farms in Taiwan face survival challenges. Cha Tzu Tang is a social enterprise that produces body care products and edible oil from camellia trees and is dedicated to rediscovery of camellia oil in Taiwan.
Cha Tzu Tang manages local camellia farms through contract farming and planned planting of camellia trees in rural areas. The social enterprise believes that through the integration of nature, human values and art from Taiwan, they can further re-establish a new identity for camellia oil to stand on the world stage.
The DBS Foundation grant will be used to support the branding and marketing efforts of Cha Tzu Tang’s international expansion as well as enhancing their operational efficiency and product development.
Sustainable Fuel from Waste
MotionECO works with food catering companies to reduce restaurant food wastage at the source and ensure oil waste is collected legally and effectively to upcycle into environmentally friendly biofuels.
The social enterprise’s solution can trace the collection and transformation of the recycled cooking oil into green fuel through the entire process, thereby reducing traffic emissions, increasing food safety and improving the environment resulting in a win-win situation for all.
The DBS Foundation grant will support MotionECO’s expansion to scale up waste oil collection across cities in China and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Redesigning Comfort Food
NamZ has created a high-protein, lower-fat noodle product by incorporating underutilised, climate-resilient crops, and utilising a patent-pending technology which does not involve deep-frying. NamZ’s proprietary manufacturing process ensures that the product retains taste and stays affordable compared to other instant noodle brands.
By reducing fat content by 300% relative to existing instant noodle products and replacing this with nutrient-rich Future Fit Crops, this food science company supports small holder farmers through cultivation on degraded land and reducing the over-reliance on commodity crops such as palm plantations in South East Asia.
The DBS Foundation grant will be used to upgrade and scale up production capacity of the noodle pilot line making the healthier product accessible to a larger population.
Delivering Healthcare, Everywhere
reach52 (previously Allied World Healthcare) uses offline-first Android apps to connect underserved, rural communities to essential healthcare.
The social enterprise trains women become Access Managers who help collect data to understand health needs of communities. Armed with this information, reach52 runs events and outreach programs and extends primary care to disconnected communities. They fill the gaps with partner organisation’s services and enabling access to products and services creating an affordable marketplace of private sector medicines and financial services products. Their public-private-patient partnership model helps address critical gaps in public sector health delivery where traditional facilities cannot reach.
The DBS Foundation grant will help build reach52’s partner management team and scale up social impact in one new market in Asia.
Tech that Reduces Food Waste and Empowers Farmers
S4S Technologies is the food tech company serving the global dehydrated food market with its patented UN award winning solar dehydration technology.
The social enterprise works with women farmers turning them into entrepreneurs enabling them with the technology to produce dehydrated vegetables at the farm gate. S4S aggregates these farm produces, performs necessary quality checks, undertakes secondary processing at its ISO grade factory making the products available to a wide range of B2B and B2C consumers. S4S farmers earn enhanced incomes by reducing farm level losses and creating value added products that are both unique and nutritive.
The DBS Foundation grant will be used to conduct a self-financing pilot with a farmer group in a new geography of India which can be later replicated several times, scaling up impact.
Happiness through Agriculture
Tanijoy aims to build a better agriculture ecosystem by empowering local smallholder farmers through end-to-end agriculture solutions.
The social enterprise understands that smallholder farmers need an integrated ecosystem. Hence Tanijoy integrates relevant stakeholders to create a farmer friendly platform for receiving loans through peer-to-peer lending. The social enterprise also helps farmers in recording financial and agricultural data through their field support managers and platforms.
The DBS Foundation grant will help Tanijoy develop a digital ecosystem that will enhance capacity and traceability of farming and transaction activities. The data collected will help smallholder farmers with actionable insights.
Green Chemistry for Waste Reduction
UWin Nanotech focuses on green chemistry and has developed an environment friendly precious metal hydrometallurgy process. This technology is cyanide-free, can dissolve precious metals with ease and has wide ranging applications in mining, semiconductors, printed circuit boards and connectors and management of e-waste. This non-toxic process helps in reducing wastewater, eliminating potential health hazards and impacting environment positively.
The DBS Foundation grant will support scaling up UWin’s technology implementation in the e-waste business segment.
Our Grant Awardees over the years
In Education, Health, Environment, Inclusion and more, our grant awardees find innovation and sustainable solutions for a better world.