raiSE hopes to seed and nurture the larger community of social enterprises and aspiring social entrepreneurs through our various initiatives to help build a strong and vibrant social enterprise sector.
What is the VentureForGood Grant?
The VentureForGood (VFG) grant is a funding scheme under raiSE to support social enterprises in various stages of their business. New and existing social enterprises who are starting up or expanding their operations can apply for up to $300,000 in grants.
Who can apply for the VentureForGood Grant?
The raiSE Grant is open to all new and existing locally based social enterprises that are registered/ intend to register under the Companies Act or Co-operative Societies Act. For applicants who have not incorporated their business at the point of application and are in the process of prototyping, a partnership with a relevant Social Service Organization (SSO) and/or validations with intended beneficiary groups should be illustrated.
The company should be incorporated and be registered as a raiSE member at the point of grant disbursement.
The social enterprise should also be addressing a social gap/need through one or more of the following outcome areas for beneficiary groups to be eligible:
- Provision of employment opportunities
- Provision of education
- Provision of skill development
- Provision of basic human needs
- Provision of economic tools and services
- Provision of health care/social care products and services
- Provision of products and services to improve the mental health & well-being
- Capacity building for organisations in the social sector
Who do we consider as beneficiaries?
We consider people or communities who are facing problems, or susceptible and at risk of facing problems that will affect their social and economic well-being as ‘beneficiaries’. Generally, this occurs when there is deprivation in at least one of the following areas:
Some examples of groups that have relatively higher percentage of people who are in need or at risk of being in need includes:
- People/Families with low income
- People with health conditions
- People with disabilities*
- People with mental health needs
- Disadvantaged youths
- Disadvantaged elderly
*Note: People with special needs will come under people with disabilities.
What do we look for in applications?
Applications must show that the social enterprise has:
A Compelling Social Objective
- Clear engagement model to sustain social objectives that addresses a gap/need in Singapore.
- Prior engagements with validation from SSOs (Social Service Organizations), sector experts and intended beneficiary groups are encouraged. For seed and growth grants, proposed interventions or social objectives should preferably be validated with a pilot/proof of concept.
A Viable Business Proposition
- Strong business model and feasible operations plan. Proposal should include information such as potential size, market survey, product differentiation, product pricing, potential competitors and strategies to sustain the business.
- Reasonable organisational capabilities and capacity to carry out its plans to achieve sustainability and growth.
A Committed Team
- Management and implementation team should demonstrate commitment and ability to execute proposal.
- Members of the team should possess relevant experience and expertise in the market/ industry that the social enterprise operates in. The team should also preferably possess some experience in working on the social need.
- Management and implementation team possesses a mind-set geared towards results, accountability, sound business principles and a clear understanding of the social need.
The raiSE ‘VentureForGood’ Grant is supported by Ministry of Social and Family Development.