Tote Board Enabling Lives Initiative Grant

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1. Overview of Grant

This grant is part of the overall $30 million Tote Board Enabling Lives Initiative by Tote Board to be delivered over six years, in partnership with SG Enable and National Council of Social Service (NCSS). The initiative aims to improve the well-being of persons with disabilities and their caregivers.

The Tote Board Enabling Lives Initiative seeks to:

  1. Embed an ‘outcomes-based approach’ to help shape desired outcomes within the disability sector;
  2. Proactively build collaborations within the disability sector, including between SSAs, government, academia, corporates;
  3. Support evidence-based programmes, seed innovative ideas, new models and pilots as well as scale up/replicate programmes and services that have been successfully implemented or piloted in Singapore or globally;
  4. Facilitate deeper engagement with the SSAs and projects; and
  5. Share good practices and learning across the disability and wider social sector.

SG Enable will fund projects in the disability space while NCSS will support public education and awareness on disability issues.

SG Enable – Grant Call Process

SG Enable is Tote Board’s grant administration partner and will administer $23 million over six years through grant calls.

The grant will support new, innovative and evidence-based projects in the cross-cutting disability areas of Data and Technology, Caregiver and Natural Support and Transition Management.

There will be a total of ten uniquely themed grant calls from 2015 till 2019. Applicants can look forward to two grant calls each year

As part of this strategic initiative, projects funded under this grant must work towards a set of desired outcomes in the disability sector. By focussing on these outcomes, the grant hopes to bring about greater positive social impact for persons with disabilities and their caregivers.

Players in the social space are also greatly encouraged to collaborate and work together in addressing common problems in the disability sector.

Shared outcomes

Projects funded under the Tote Board Enabling Lives Grant must be designed to meet (at least one of) the following outcomes:

Areas Outcomes

Persons with disabilities:

Persons with disabilities are empowered, recognised and given full opportunity to become integral and contributing members of society.


Caregivers are empowered and supported through a comprehensive range of support mechanisms that address their caregiving, financial, social-emotional and training needs.


Persons with disabilities experience increased psychological and emotional well-being.

Caregivers experience increased psychological and emotional well-being.

Empowerment / Support

Persons with disabilities improve in their life skills (i.e. independent living skills, functional skills, etc.) as much as their potential allows.

Persons with disabilities (or their proxies) are able to make informed decisions and planning via better support and access to information, programmes and product navigation.

Caregivers feel confident of their ability to provide competent care and support to persons with disabilities.#

Caregivers have greater access to support services, networks and structures that sustain caregiving.

Integration with society

Persons with disabilities have more opportunities to participate in social, family, economic and community life.

Caregivers have more opportunities to participate in social, family, economic and community life.

# Includes assistance in activities of daily living and personal development, condition management, identifying and accessing appropriate programmes/products* and medium and long-term care planning

* A product is a good or service. It includes transition services and Assistive Technology devices.

2. Grant Call Themes

As part of Tote Board’s strategic direction, the grant is focused on addressing and supporting projects with a focus on the following cross-cutting issues in the disability sector:


Data and Technology

  • Data and Technology is an enabler for persons with disabilities and their caregivers. As a platform that creates more opportunities, persons with disabilities and their caregivers can benefit largely from the use of data and technology. For example, Assistive Technology can enhance and enable persons with disabilities and caregivers in areas such as information and resources, mobility and navigation, communication, work productivity and daily living etc.


Caregiver and Natural Support

  • Caregivers are people who “provide assistance with daily activities. This often requires attention to the physical, mental, social and psychological needs and well-being of the care recipients”.1 Caregivers are integral members of the disability landscape and their role and well-being cannot be ignored. Caregivers can be empowered and supported through a comprehensive range of support mechanisms that address areas such as caregiving, financial, socio-emotional and training needs.
  • Natural Support refers to resources inherent in the community environment that can be tapped for rehabilitation and support purposes. Natural Support can take the form of personal relationships and associations from the community that can enhance the support network of persons with disabilities and their caregivers. Such support can be present in the workplace, neighbourhood and community, classrooms, clubs, organisations and through other civic activities.


Transition Management

  • In the disability landscape, transitions are defined as “points of change in services, and in the personnel and organisations that coordinate and provide services to children and families”2. Transitions can be in the form of movement from one life phase to another or movements from one service to another. As such, Transition Management refers to a coordinated set of activities that takes into account the client’s needs, preferences and interests and supports them across these transitions points.

1 Ministry of Health Singapore –
2 Ministry of Social and Family Development -,%20Caregiver%20Support%20and%20Transition%20Management.pdf

3. Schedule of Grant Calls 2015-2019


Grant Call Theme

2015 January

Data and Technology: Information and Resources

2015 July

Caregiver Support: Caregiver Psycho-social Support

2016 January

Transition Management: Transition to Post School

2016 July

Data and Technology: (a) Accessibility and Mobility & (b) Transition to Work

2017 January

Data and Technology: Independent Living and Future Care

2017 September 

Data and Technology: Enriching Social Life and Expanding Work Opportunities

2018 March

Caregiver Support: Emergent Daily Needs

2018 September

Work and Community Integration

2019 March

Caregiver Support: (a) Transition & Changing Needs (b) Social Network & Support

2019 September

Data and Technology: Social Innovation & Transformation


* SG Enable reserves the right to change the grant call schedule. Please check this webpage for the latest grant call schedule.

4. Eligibility

The grant is open to:

  • Social Service Agencies
  • Charities
  • Non-Profit Organisations
  • Social Enterprises (recognised by raiSE - Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise)
  • Institutes of Higher Learning
  • Research Institutes
  • Others

  • Organisations are encouraged to partner a Social Service Agency, as appropriate to apply for the grant.


Funding will be extended to:

  • Innovative Ideas
  • Product or Prototype Development
  • New Service Models or Programmes
  • Pilot Programmes
  • Localisation of Overseas Best Practices
  • Ready-to-Scale projects and programmes


Funding will NOT be extended to:

  • Existing mainstream government programmes or services
  • Projects that are already receiving other forms of government funding
  • Projects that are already receiving other funding from Tote Board for the same project
  • Projects that do not directly benefit persons with disabilities and/or their caregivers (e.g. projects that are solely research-based or meant solely for internal organisational capability-building will not be eligible)


The following exclusions will apply to all applications:

  • Benefitting only an individual
  • Political – for the promotion of a certain political ideology or party
  • Religious – for the promotion of religion
  • Commercial – for the purpose of profit making

5. Evaluation

All proposals will be evaluated by an independent Tote Board Enabling Lives Initiative Grant Evaluation Committee. Depending on the funding amount sought, the evaluation and approving authorities are reflected below:

Funding Amount Evaluation and Approving Authority
Up to $1 million Singapore Dollars Evaluation and approval by Grant Evaluation Panel
More than $1 million Singapore Dollars

Advice by Grant Evaluation Panel and

Evaluation and approval by Tote Board’s appropriate Committee/Board

Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria*:

Evaluation Criteria Description
Shared outcomes

As this grant seeks to achieve greater positive social impact for persons with disabilities and their caregivers, proposals will be evaluated on their potential to contribute to the shared outcomes of the Tote Board Enabling Lives Initiative and the impact created.


Proposals will be evaluated on their project value and potential to deliver. Factors such as availability of time and capacity, financial and other resources, market demand, technical aspects. etc., will be considered.


The Tote Board Enabling Lives Grant believes strongly in the value of collaboration among players in the social space in addressing common problems in the disability sector. As such, all things being equal, proposals made by organisations that seek collaboration and partnership will be evaluated more favourably

Innovation / New approach

Projects will be evaluated on their novelty compared to existing solutions.

Scalability / Sustainability

Projects will be evaluated on their potential to be continued, expanded or mainstreamed, in the future.

Evidence-based research

Projects that are supported by evidence-based research, such as model programmes, research-based programmes, overseas examples and trialed-and-tested projects, will be evaluated more favourably.

* The criteria will be applied appropriately depending on the development phase of the grant projects (e.g.: scalability may not be an evaluation criterion for projects that are still at the proof-of-concept stage).

6. Project Guidelines

Project Area Project Criteria
Focus of project

Projects must be targeted at improving the well-being of persons with disabilities and/or their caregivers.

Projects must have well-defined goals and objectives to meet the shared outcomes of the Tote Board Enabling Lives Initiative.

Target beneficiaries

The target beneficiaries of the project or programme must be persons with disabilities and/or their caregivers.

Access to project

The project or programme must be open for all to access (i.e. access to the programme should not be limited to organisation-specific membership only).

If there are any fees to be charged, they should be kept affordable and the revenue from these fees must only go into cost recovery of expenses not covered by the grant.

Intellectual property rights

Grant applicants will own any intellectual property (IP) rights and shall give access to the use of this IP at no cost to the Grant Programme Office bearers (i.e. SG Enable and Tote Board).

For projects that terminate prematurely, the IP rights will reside with the Grant Programme Office for recycling purposes.

Reporting and impact measurement

The applicant must be willing to comply with the monitoring and reporting guidelines of the grant and adhere to the minimum standards of service established for the project.

Shared learning

The applicant must be willing to share the findings and/or recommendations arising from the funded projects for shared learning purposes when necessary.

7. Funding Guidelines

Size of funding

  • Projects seeking funding should take note that the minimum grant size is $50,000 Singapore Dollars.
  • The eventual funding quantum and funding components will be decided by the respective evaluation and approving authorities.


Funding cap

  • The grant will cover between 50% to 90% of the eligible expenses of the project. Grant applicants are expected to co-fund or seek other funding sources to cover the remaining expenses that are not covered by the grant.
  • Eligible expenses for claims include direct costs of the project on manpower, marketing and outreach, equipment, software and consumables, third-party research and consultancy costs as well as third-party evaluation costs and so on.
  • The grant will not cover daily operation costs such as rental of office spaces of the organisation, utilities, etc. as well as manpower costs that are not related to the project.


Funding duration

  • All applicants must commit to a minimum of one year and up to a maximum of two years.

8. How to Apply


Step 1: 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 and prepare your project proposal.


Step 2: Application

  • Read the details of the grant on SG Enable website carefully and ensure that your project fulfils all criteria listed on the website.
  • The completed Application Form and attachements are to be submitted by email to with subject title: TBELI Grant Call [Numer] Application - [Organisation's Name]. 


Step 3: After you apply

  • Upon receipt of your completed application form, the Tote Board Enabling Lives Initiative Grant Programme Office will send you an acknowledgement email.
  • The Tote Board Enabling Lives Initiative 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 with Tote Board Enabling Lives Initiative Grant Programme Officers to further develop and refine your project ideas and proposals.
  • All refined project proposals will be subjected to a review and evaluation by an independent Grant Evaluation Committee.
  • If your application is successful, you will be informed and a letter of offer will be sent to you.
  • All unsuccessful applicants will be informed accordingly.

9. Contact

For any enquiries on the Tote Board Enabling Lives Initiative Grant, please do not hesitate to contact SG Enable at:

Infoline Contact No.: 1800 8585 885
Infoline Operating Hours:

Monday to Friday: 9.00am to 5.30pm

Closed on Weekends and Public Holidays


Tote Board Enabling Lives Initiative Grant Programme Office:


SG Enable

20 Lengkok Bahru, #02-06, Singapore 159053

More Information

To download PowerPoint slides for an overview of the TBELI Grant, click here.

To download the grant application form, click here.

For more information on the Tote Board Enabling Lives Initiative Grant, please click here for the Frequently Asked Questions.

Have additional enquiries? Contact SG Enable.

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