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Tote Board

Grant Management Framework Review (FY2020 – FY2024)

Tote Board has concluded the review of our Grant Management Framework (GMF) which entailed a relook at:

  1. who we are (our role and value proposition in line with the Transformation Vision for FY2020 – FY2024);
  2. where and why we give (supportable areas and review of Strategic Outcomes); and
  3. how we give (guiding principles underpinning end-to-end grant management activities).

Overall, the revised GMF will be used to guide the assessment and approval of cases for the next five years from FY2020 to FY2024.

Strategic Grant Outlook Review (FY2020 – FY2022)

Tote Board has reviewed the relevance and criticality of our Grant Management Strategic Focus Areas and will continue to drive the following Strategic Initiatives (SIs) for FY2020 – FY2022:

  1. Tote Board Enabling Lives Initiative (TBELI) to focus on improving the lives of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs)
  2. Tote Board Mental Health Initiative (TBMHI) to focus on supporting mental wellness and creating opportunities for Persons with Mental Health Conditions to lead dignified lives
  1. Capability and Capacity Building to improve sustainability in non-profit organisations (NPOs) and strengthen the non-profit ecosystem
  2. Vulnerable Children and Youth to focus on developing the potential of the next generation

Review of Tote Board Enabling Lives Initiative (TBELI)

Tote Board reviewed the strategy and funding focus for the disability sector as part of our Strategic Initiatives to focus on Persons with Disabilities (PWDs). With the success of TBELI 1 in catalysing progress for the disability sector, we will continue to support this space through TBELI 2, from FY2020 to FY2023. Extending our collaboration with SG Enable and NCSS, the four focus areas identified for TBELI 2 are:

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This is in line with our strategic priority of creating equitable opportunities for vulnerable groups, through improving the lives of PWDs.

Digitalisation and Automation of Fund-Raising (FR) Process

“With the implementation of cost-efficient methods to improve and digitise the FR process, we have saved 42 man-days a year and achieved greater grantee satisfaction.”

The automation of GM’s Fund-Raising (FR) process has resulted in a seamless grants application process for grantees and an improvement in operational efficiency of GM FR officers. With the implementation of cost-efficient methods to improve and digitise the FR process, we have saved 42 man-days a year and achieved greater grantee satisfaction. At the same time, we are committed to self-improvement and continue to gather feedback from the ground, further refining our processes and transforming Tote Board into a Digital to the Core organisation.

Digitalisation and Automation of Fund-Raising (FR) Process

Community Capability Trust (CCT)

Announced during the Budget 2020 Speech, the CCT serves as a longer-term source of funding to social service agencies (SSAs) for Capability and Capacity Building. Alongside the government, Tote Board committed funding of up to $100 million to CCT to build capabilities of SSAs over the next decade, comprising an initial injection of $50 million in FY2020, and matching up to $50 million worth of community donations to Community Chest from FY2021 – FY2025. In partnership with MSF and NCSS, CCT provides a pool of capability funds for SSAs to strengthen their organisational capabilities, improve their productivity and processes, as well as enhance their infrastructure. “Tote Board committed funding of up to $100 million to CCT to build capabilities of SSAs over the next decade,...”

OnBoarding OurSG Grants Portal

As part of our effort to review and redevelop our case management system, Tote Board is working closely with the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) and other Government grantmaking partners/agencies, to develop the new OurSG Grants (OSG) Portal. OSG is a one-stop Whole-of-Government community grants portal that is aimed at providing grantees with a seamless grant experience. Besides being a case management system, OSG will allows grant applicants to easily submit applications, and track their application outcomes. OSG will also allow successful applicants to submit claims, access key documents and receive notifications/reminders conveniently. The development of the Minimum Viable Product (MVP): Fund-Raising Programme, commenced in February 2020 using the agile methodology and expected to be delivered by Q3 2020.

Masterplanning of The Singapore Racecourse

The Board desires to transform the approximately 133 hectares of land at the Singapore Racecourse into an inspiring, delightful and integrated leisure destination. Our preliminary concept is encapsulated by: "An extraordinary and inclusive leisure destination with a unique identity that celebrates its equestrian heritage and wonderful green spaces." In alignment with this concept, the Racecourse will establish a new and endearing identity attractive to wide profile of visitors, including families, through the introduction of wholesome new attractions, programmes, amenities and activities. To enhance visitor experience, land assets, facilities, infrastructure and operations will be re-imagined and highly differentiated. Horse racing operations will continue. We have received positive and overwhelming response on the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Project on Masterplanning of the Racecourse. At the close of the Stage 1 RFP on 21 February 2020, a total of 29 submissions were received. The Stage 2 RFP has made good progress.

Review of Tote Board Community Healthcare Fund (TBCHF)

Tote Board reviewed the strategy and funding focus for the community care and preventive health sectors. The Board approved Management’s recommendation to 1) evolve the TBCHF into the Tote Board Community Health Fund (TBCHF) and Tote Board Preventive Health Fund (TBPHF), and 2) support TBCHF with a total grant of $63 million from FY2020 to FY2024, with the allocation as follows:

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Arts Review

In consultation with MCCY, Tote Board initiated a review of the arts and heritage sector to better understand our overall contribution. The review aligned the Board’s strategic outcomes with MCCY’s core outcomes of building a Caring people, Cohesive society and Confident nation, enabled by active citizenry and a vibrant landscape for arts and heritage, sports, community and youth. This set the basis for our support of future arts projects, which will be aligned under streamlined KPIs. Tote Board is committed to continue the grantmaking initiatives in the Arts Sector, to build up the capabilities and to promote greater access for Singaporeans. “Tote Board is committed to continue the grantmaking initiatives in the Arts Sector, to build up the capabilities and to promote greater access for Singaporeans.”

Group Internal Audit (Group IA) Digitalisation Initiative

Group IA has continued its digitalisation journey, focusing on developing data analytics and visualisation systems that increase audit effectiveness and efficiency. This financial year, Group IA enhanced the risk-based data visualisation tool used for the selection of Singapore Pools’ branches for audits, and developed systems for traditional audit cycles such as procurement and payroll. Using data analytics and visualisation, auditors can analyse patterns using vast amounts of data, present these patterns imgally, and highlight areas for further testing. It is more effective than relying on traditional sampling approaches since coverage is wider, and is more efficient as it eliminates the need for manual recomputation. “Group IA has continued its digitalisation journey, focusing on developing data analytics and visualisation systems that increase audit effectiveness and efficiency.”

Enhanced Fund-Raising Programme (EFR)

To support non-profit organisations (NPOs) adversely impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, Tote Board launched the EFR in April 2020.

It entails 1) allowing NPOs to raise funds on digital fund-raising platforms, in addition to physical ones and 2) the doubling of Tote Board’s contribution from 20% to 40% of funds raised, capped at $100,000 per fund-raising project. This will help provide the financial resources to NPOs so they can continue serving vulnerable groups in our community. Tote Board has set aside $70 million for the EFR, which will support projects implemented from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.

Singapore Pools

AVPN Conference 2019

Singapore Pools supported the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN) by organising their Members’ Day Dinner at 1-Altitude on 25 June 2019. The event brought together about 450 like-minded social investors. Singapore Pools’ CEO, Mr Lam Chee Weng, was one of the panellists during the session.

“The event brought together about 450 like-minded social investors.”

JAMFest — Jurong Arts and Music Festival

Singapore Pools partnered with Jurong GRC Grassroots Organisations to organise the second Jurong Arts and Music Festival, or JAMFest, on 23 November 2019 at Jurong Lake Gardens. Graced by Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for Social Policies, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, and then Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for National Development, Mr Desmond Lee, the rock and pop music concert featured local artistes and differently-abled performers, attracting 8,000 participants.

JAMFest – Jurong Arts and Music Festival
JAMFest – Jurong Arts and Music Festival

Istana 150 Roving Exhibition

In celebration of the Istana’s 150th Anniversary, President Halimah Yacob launched the "Our Istana: A Living Museum" roving exhibition at Tampines Regional Library on 1 June 2019. Made possible through a sponsorship by Singapore Pools, the exhibition was held at six public libraries across Singapore from June to December 2019.

Istana 150 Roving Exhibition

Doing Our Part to Support the Community in the Fight Against COVID-19

Singapore Pools collaborated with community partners to support frontline workers, vulnerable communities, and social service agencies (SSAs) impacted by the COVID-19 situation. It contributed to The Courage Fund and Sayang Fund, and supported the Agency for Integrated Care’s customised educational TV programme, 乐学每疫刻, to educate seniors on how to keep themselves safe and healthy during COVID-19, in view of the closure of centre-based services. Singapore Pools also extended help to various SSAs like Metta Welfare Association, Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped, and Campus Impact, supporting their operations and beneficiaries, as well as the procurement of supplies and services for COVID-19.

Singapore Turf Club

Shilin Singapore 2019

Singapore Turf Club, in partnership with INVADE, brought the first ever Taiwanese night market to local shores. Held at The Grounds@Kranji from 19 to 21 April and 26 to 28 April, Shilin Singapore 2019 attracted 500,000 people from all walks of life and served up a feast of Taiwanese street delicacies, entertainment and games.

Artbox Singapore 2019

The third and largest iteration of Artbox Singapore showcased an exciting blend of over 300 regional and local entertainment acts, retailers and artworks by visual and expressive artists. Jointly organised by Singapore Turf Club and INVADE, this creative retail experience drew more than 450,000 visitors.

“Jointly organised by Singapore Turf Club and INVADE, this creative retail experience drew more than 450,000 visitors.”

YYD Education Centre Bursary Award 2019

The YYD Education Centre Bursary Award ceremony was held to recognise some 1,000 primary school children from lower income families, rewarding them for tremendous improvements in their academic performance. The ceremony was graced by Guest of Honour Mr Ng Chee Meng, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office.

In addition to the awards ceremony, students had the opportunity to participate in activities such as horse petting, arts and crafts, and more. This was the second year that Singapore Turf Club supported the event as a venue sponsor.

“The YYD Education Centre Bursary Award ceremony was held to recognise some 1,000 primary school children from lower income families, rewarding them for tremendous improvements in their academic performance.”

Annual Racing Appreciation Awards 2019

With much anticipation, the Singapore horse racing fraternity gathered for Singapore Turf Club’s Annual Racing Appreciation Awards on the night of 6 February 2020. Held in appreciation of the racing fraternity’s contributions and achievements, the Club awarded 14 winners, including Champion Jockey Vlad Duric, Champion Trainer Mark Walker, Horse of the Year I’m Incredible, and many others.