Tote Board's fund-raising programme was conceived in 2006 to serve as a catalyst to encourage the community to better meet the needs of the underserved in our community. Since the start of the programme, Tote Board has supported thousands of fund-raising projects to benefit the arts, community development, education, health, social service and sports sectors.
On 17 Apr 2020, Tote Board launched the Enhanced Fund-Raising (EFR) Programme which increased its support for charities, and for corporations/community organisations fund-raising for charities, by:
- Matching funds raised on approved digital fund-raising platforms (in addition to continuing to match funds raised on physical platforms); and
- Doubling Tote Board’s matching contribution from 20% to 40% of the funds raised, capped at $100,000, for each eligible fund-raising project.
Tote Board’s contribution =
40% x Amount of Funds raised (excluding Tote Board’s contribution)
*Capped at $100,000 per project, on the condition it fulfills Expenditure/Income (E/I) ratio of not more than 35%.
On 26 May 2020, the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Heng Swee Keat, announced that the Government will increase the matching amount , to provide successful EFR applicants with a dollar-for-dollar matching, capped at $250,000 per applicant, as illustrated below:
EFR applicants that have fully utilised their $250,000 dollar-for-dollar matching cap can continue to qualify for Tote Board’s 40% matching, capped at $100,000 per project, for eligible fund-raising projects during the qualifying period.
Tote Board’s EFR programme, and the additional Government matching, are applicable for fund-raising projects conducted between 1 April 2020 and 31 Mar 2021 (both dates inclusive).
1. Fund-raising projects for local charitable causes should have well-defined outcomes that support Tote Board’s strategic outcomes, namely:
- Equitable Opportunities for Vulnerable Groups
- Cohesive and Caring Community
- Vibrant and Liveable Home
The following will not be eligible:
- Debt/loan repayments;
- Religious, political, and/or ideological activities;
- Commercial projects for the sole purpose of profit-making; and
- Project(s) that benefit only an individual
2. EFR supports the fund-raising efforts for the following charitable causes:
- Arts and Culture
- Community Development
- Community Health
- Social Service
3. To qualify for Tote Board's funding, the total expenditure for your project should be no more that 35% of the total funds raised, excluding Tote Board’s contributions.
FR Case with Expenditure/Income Ratio of =<35%
FR Case with Expenditure/Income Ratio of >35%
Income from funds raised (B):
$40,000/ $150,000 = 26.67%
Project is eligible for Tote Board’s contributions and Government’s additional EFR matching1
Project is not eligible for Tote Board’s contributions nor Government’s additional EFR matching
1 assuming the applicant has not fully utilised its $250,000 dollar-for-dollar matching cap
4. Only fund-raising projects that have not applied for and benefited from other Government matching grants (e.g. Bicentennial Community Fund, Community Silver Trust, Community Capability Trust, Cultural Matching Fund, One Team Singapore Fund) will be considered for EFR matching. For further clarification, please refer to the FAQs.
5. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may wish to consider using one of the approved digital crowdfunding platforms for your digital fund-raising projects, namely:
- Crowdfunding platforms which have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Commissioner of Charities to comply with the Code of Practice for Charitable Online Fund-raising. Currently, there are four platforms, namely: giving.sg, rayofhope.sg, give.asia. and simply.giving.com. Please note that each of the platforms have differentiated charges.
- Charity’s corporate website with a digital fund-raising platform.
Kindly note that each project application will be subject to Tote Board’s approval. Tote Board retains the right to reject any application if it does not meet our funding criteria or supportable causes.
Kindly see the attached Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs for further information.
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For matters relating to Fund-Raising Programmes, please email the Grant Management Division at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that each project application is subject to Tote Board’s approval and we reserve the right to reject any application at our sole discretion. To allow more charities to benefit from the EFR Programme, we may withhold approvals for multiple applications that we deem to be fund-raising solely for the same charity.
Tote Board takes a serious view of, and will take enforcement action against, any abuses of its EFR Programme.
What to expect after application submission
Please allow processing time of up to 45 working days as we receive a high volume of applications. You will receive:
- Acknowledgement of your application within five working days; and
- Email notification informing you the outcome of your application.
All supported projects are to submit their claims within 9 months of the project end date to Tote Board for processing. Cases shall be rescinded after 12 months from the final project end date, should there be no or incomplete claims. Claim submission details are enclosed in our claim form and our notification letter.
Supported projects are encouraged to use the sample template (available here) to track and keep a timely record of income and expenditure relating to the project, and to consider furnishing it along with the documents stipulated in our approval letter when submitting their claims.
Proper accounting records should be maintained, and made available to Tote Board upon request, to support the claims submitted.