Are you passionate about creating impactful, innovative and sustainable solutions to better the lives of persons with disabilities? If yes, then apply for the Enabling Lives Initiative (ELI) Grant.
The Grant is funded by Tote Board and administered by SG Enable. The renewed tranche (2020 – 2024) remains relevant in spurring innovation to meet the needs of persons with disabilities, bringing together the community to improve the Quality of Life of persons with disabilities. The funding seeks to support the initial resource-intensive phase of embarking on projects and programmes.
The Enabling Lives Initiative (ELI) Grant aims to achieve the following objectives for each grant call:
- Collective Impact at Grant Call Level
- Working towards a common picture of success for each grant call.
- Developing sustainable solutions to address identified sector gaps and issues.
- Co-Creator Collaborations
- Facilitating the collaboration of like-minded social innovators, end-users and sector/industry leaders.
- Uncovering insights and synergies for more meaningful collaborations.
- Strong and Holistic Proposals to ELI Grant
- Innovative and holistic solutions translated to proposals.
- All projects/programmes should be of a minimum value of $80,000.
The ELI Grant will focus on the following key areas:
- Living Independently: Empower persons with disabilities to better manage life transitions and encourage greater levels of independence and self-sufficiency.
- Realising Potentials: Enable persons with disabilities to thrive and have opportunities for meaningful employment and experiences by developing their skills and knowledge.
- Connecting Communities: Engage the community to increase the accessibility of services, facilities and opportunities to create a more inclusive society.
Building on the momentum from Grant Call 3, we aim to continue to address the following Problem Statement in Grant Call 4 (GC 4):
“As persons with disabilities and their caregivers age, their natural support structures will change with time. In light of this and the new norms brought about by COVID-19 and the digital economy, how do we equip, support, and prepare persons with disabilities to exercise greater independence at home and in the community, as well as to participate actively in engaging and productive activities?”
The identified issues are as follows:
- Interventions for Children with Disabilities
- Lack of timely intervention to develop independent living skill sets.
- Lack of reinforced learning opportunities within natural environments.
- Key Outcome
- Increased opportunities to practise and develop independent living mindsets and skill sets from young.
- Living and Care Options for Adults with Disabilities
- Lack of capacity at Adult Disability Care services.
- Lack of opportunities for young adults with disabilities to engage in independent learning and productive activities.
- Key Outcome
- More living and care options for adults with disabilities to enable them to carry out daily activities independently and participate in the community when their natural support is no longer around.
Who are the target beneficiaries of projects/programmes supported by this Grant?
The main target beneficiaries of the projects/programmes supported by the Grant are persons with disabilities. The Grant will consider all worthy projects, but priority will be given to projects that answer to the grant call theme.
The Grant funds new innovative ideas and supports scaling up of existing projects and programmes such as development and adaptation of products, prototypes and toolkits, online platforms and applications, and programmes and services. Projects/programmes that are solely research-based will not be supported unless the research serves to support the process required to deliver the final project/programme.
- The Grant is open to all registered Social Service Agencies, Non-Private Hospitals, Social Enterprises (registered under Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise (raiSE)), Institutes of Higher Learning, Research Institutes and Commercial Entities. Commercial entities are to partner with at least one of the other entities to be eligible for the Grant.
- Applicants that seek collaboration and partnership with another organisation will be evaluated more favorably. There is no limit to the number of collaborators or partners in a single application. A single organisation can also be part of more than one application.
- We recognise some projects/programmes may require a longer germination period before they achieve longer-term sustainability. The ELI Grant supports a stepped-down funding of up to 70% co- funding for projects/programmes that have performed well and require a second round of funding.
- The projects/programmes re-applying for funding must be completed by the time the Grant Call closes. Such applications will be evaluated with all other applications as part of the ongoing Grant Call. Only one repeat application is allowed per project/programme.
- You can submit an application for a new project/programme even if you are already an existing grantee at the point of application. All good ideas are welcomed!
In addition to ensuring that your proposal meets the sector and grant needs, you may also want to pay close attention to these four evaluation criteria to develop a winning proposal.
- Proposed solution is new in the disability sector, or it is differentiated from existing solutions in the sector.
- Proposed solution should leverage on the strengths of cross-sector partnerships to achieve a greater collective impact. Applicants are highly encouraged to collaborate with at least one partner for the project/programme.
- Proposed solution should be supported by evidence, scalable and adaptable beyond the pilot phase.
- Proposals need to show that the solution can bring about a long-term positive impact on the lives of persons with disabilities, and can be operational and financially sustainable after funding ceases.
For more information, visit https://www.eli-grant.sg/apply-for-grant