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Enhanced Fund-Raising Programme

Support of dollar-for-dollar matching up to $250,000 per charity for grounds-up initiatives that raise funds to help the underserved in our community. Charities that have fully utilised their $250,000 dollar-for-dollar matching cap may still be able to continue to qualify for Tote Board's 40% matching, capped at $100,000 per project, for eligible fund-raising projects during the qualifying period. From FY21 onwards, there will be an annual cap of five applications per charity. 
  • Funding Cap :

    up to $250,000 per applicant

  • Applicable to :

    Non-profit organisation

  • Application Deadline :

    At least 30 days before the actual event date of your fund-raising project [note: Applications for the Enhanced Fund-Raising Programme on the OSG Portal are temporarily closed and will be re-opened as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.]

About Enhanced Fund-Raising

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 inception of the Fund-Raising Programme, Tote Board has supported thousands of fund-raising projects to benefit the charity sector.

Tote Board and the Government to provide enhanced support for charities' fund-raising efforts in FY20

In FY20, to help the charities during the difficult COVID-19 period, Tote Board and the Government provided joint support through the Enhanced Fund-Raising (EFR) Programme at a dollar-for-dollar matching: Tote Board doubled our matching contributions from 20% to 40% of funds raised, capped at $100,000 per project, and the government topped up EFR to provide additional matching contribution of 60% of funds raised, capped at $150,000 per applicant for projects with start or end dates that fall within FY20 (1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021). This applies to funds raised on physical platforms and/or on approved digital fund-raising platforms. 

 

Tote Board and Government to provide one-year extension of EFR for FY21

To continue support for the charity sector during these uncertain economic times, Tote Board will extend our contribution for the EFR programme for an additional year for FY21. On 16 February 2021, Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies and Minister for Finance Mr Heng Swee Keat announced in his Budget Speech that the Government will also extend its support for charities through the EFR for an additional year. 

In FY21, Tote Board and the Government will be extending our joint support for successful EFR applicants with effectively a dollar-for-dollar matching, for an additional year.

In summary, the Funding Formula for eligible applications* is as follows:

Tote Board’s contribution =

40% x Amount of Funds raised (excluding Tote Board’s and Government’s contributions), capped at $100,000 per eligible application, capped at a maximum of up to five applications per applicant for FY21

Government’s contribution** =

60% x Amount of Funds raised (excluding Tote Board’s and Government’s contributions), capped at $150,000 per eligible applicant

* Applicable to eligible fund-raising projects with start dates that fall within FY21 (1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022) and on the condition the project meets Expenditure/Income (E/I) ratio of not more than 35%. As with in FY20, this applies to funds raised on physical platforms and/or on approved digital fund-raising platforms. 

**[For Government's matching only] The cap of $150,000 per applicant for Government's matching will be reset in FY21.

 

Enhanced Fund-Raising Programme for FY20 and FY21

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Key Notes for EFR in FY20:

  1. For fund-raising projects with start or end dates that fall within FY20 (1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021).
  2. 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.
  3. Applications must be received by Tote Board at least 30 days before the actual event date of your fund-raising project.

Key Notes for EFR in FY21:

  1. For fund-raising projects with start or end dates that fall within FY21 (1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022).
  2. The per applicant cap of 60% government matching will be refreshed for applications with start dates that fall within 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022. Please note that projects that start in FY20 and end in FY21 will be regarded as an FY20 project.
  3. 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. There is a cap of 5 project applications per applicant for Tote Board's matching for EFR during the qualifying period of FY21.
  4. From 1 November 2021, applications must be made by the charity (not the 3rd party fundraiser) and received by Tote Board at least 30 days before the actual event date of your fund-raising project.

 

Worked examples on Tote Board and the Government's joint matching:

(Please see FAQs for more worked examples)

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Worked examples for FY-allocation for Government matching:

(Please see FAQs for more worked examples)

 

With the extension of Government matching to FY21, Government matching will be capped at $150,000 for each of the financial years FY20 and FY21 respectively:

  1. An applicant with an approved EFR project starting in FY21 will be eligible for Government matching capped at $150,000 for FY21, regardless of the utilisation of their FY20 Government matching cap (if eligible).
  2. The matching cap is FY-specific and non-transferrable. Any unutilised cap for FY20 may not be carried forward to FY21; any unutilised cap for FY21 may not be carried back to FY20.

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Check Your Eligibility

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Cap of five (5) EFR applications per charity

With effect from 1 Nov 2021, Tote Board requires that EFR applications be submitted by charities instead of 3rd party fundraisers. Charites should work with their 3rd party fundraisers and apply for EFR matching of funds raised.

Please note the following:

[For applications submitted on or after 1 Nov 2021]

Charites should work with their 3rd party fundraisers and apply for EFR matching of funds raised.

Each charity can choose to apply for EFR matching for any permutation of charity self-fundraisers and/or 3rd party fundraisers, up to a total cap of five applications per charity.

[For existing applications from 3rd party fundraisers that are pending Tote Board’s processing and not yet approved]

All EFR applications from 3rd party fundraisers that have not been approved as at 1 Nov 2021 will be returned to the applicants with a declined status. Please work with your intended beneficiary charities for them to submit the applications directly.

[For applications approved before 1 Nov 2021]

All FY21 3rd party EFR applications approved before 1 Nov 2021:
  1. If the fund-raising project is for a sole charity, it will count towards the charity’s annual cap of five EFR applications; and
  2. If the fund-raising project was for multiple charities, it will not count towards the charity’s annual cap of five EFR applications.

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Fundraising projects should be for local charitable causes, and they 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:

✘ Project(s) that benefit only an individual;
✘ Religious activities for the promotion of religion;
✘ Political activities for the promotion of political ideology or party;
✘ Commercial project(s) for the sole purpose of profit making; and
✘ Debt / loan repayments

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EFR supports the fundraising efforts for the following charitable causes:

✔ Arts and Culture
✔ Community Development
✔ Community Health
✔ Education
✔ Social Service
✔ Sports
✔ Others

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Project must satisfy the Expenditure/Income (E/I) ratio of 35% or less.

To qualify for funding, the total expenditure for your project should be no more than 35%* of the total funds raised, excluding Tote Board’s contributions and Government’s additional EFR matching**.

Description Example 1
Expenditure/Income Ratio =<35%
Example 2
Expenditure/Income Ratio >35%
Project Expenditure (A): $40,000 $90,000
Income from funds raised (B): $150,000 $150,000
E/I Ratio (A/B): $40,000/ $150,000 = 26.67% $90,000/ $150,000 = 60%
Status Project is eligible for Tote Board’s contributions and Government’s additional EFR matching Project is not eligible for Tote Board’s contributions nor Government’s additional EFR matching

* Please note that calculations of the E/I ratio will be rounded up.
** All income and expenditure (excluding in-kind items/contributions) are to be reported on a gross basis (i.e. no netting-off of items).

Tote Board’s matching share in EFR will be available for a maximum of up to 5 applications per applicant in FY21.

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The Fund-raising project should not have benefited from other government matching grants.

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.

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In light of safe-distancing measures, other than physical fundraising platforms, you may wish to consider using one of the approved digital crowdfunding platforms for your digital fundraising 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 Fundraising. 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 fundraising platform.

*Do note that funds raised on non-approved digital platforms will not be eligible for Tote Board’s funding.

**Please note that if you are applying for Tote Board’s matching for donations fundraised digitally on the charities’ corporate website, you would need to adhere to the following:

  1. The charity corporate website should not lead to any other crowdfunding platforms other than the four approved ones as stated above; or
  2. The charity corporate website should provide clear and direct access to the payment gateway which the donors can make donations to the charities directly; and
  3. Funds raised on all unapproved platforms are to be strictly excluded from claims submitted to Tote Board.

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.

Important notes:

Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications early.

Applications must be received by Tote Board at least 30 days before the actual date of your fund-raising project.

All income and expenditure declared in the Application Form must be specific to the particular fund-raising project submitted and should be reported on a gross basis.

For applications submitted from August 2021, you are required to submit the following as supporting documentation during Claims Submission:

  • Physical fund-raising projects (e.g. charity golf tournaments, gala dinners, carnivals etc.): photographs of the physical fund-raising event
  • Digital fund-raising projects (e.g. campaigns on approved digital platforms, online concerts, e-walkathons and other virtual events etc.): screenshots which include the URLs/campaign IDs of the relevant campaign pages/virtual events 

See Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for further information.

1. APPLICATION ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

You will receive a system generated reply once the application has been successfully submitted.

2. APPLICATION ASSESSMENT

Please allow processing time of up to 45 working days as we receive a high volume of applications.

3. APPLICATION OUTCOME

An email notification will be sent out to inform the applicant on the outcome of your application.

Claims Submission

1. When do I submit a claim? 

Claims for all approved projects have to be submitted within nine months of the “project end date” 

If your claims are not submitted on time, or if they are incomplete, we reserve the right to withdraw our support for your project and to reject late claim submissions, amendments, and appeals.   

You can submit your claims ahead of the 9-month deadline, but it should not be submitted any earlier than the “project end date”. The project end date is the date on which your Organisation ceases raising funds/receiving donations and incurring expenses for the fund-raising project.

Please submit your claim only after the project has been completed and after all relevant transactions and documentation to support the claim have been finalised (for example, after all donations cheques have been encashed, and all pledges have been received). 

2. How do I file a claim and what do I have to submit?

a. The Statement of Accounts for all income and expenditure of the event/project certified true and correct by the Highest Authority or equivalent, or by the Authorised Representative, on Annex B page (PDF) of the claim form attached in the Approval Letter

b. The electronic claim form (in Microsoft Excel file format)

c. Audited Statement of Accounts (optional and if available)

d.Direct Credit Authorisation Form (for first-time claimants).

Please refer to our Approval Letter and Paragraph 5 of Tote Board's EFR Terms and Conditions for more details of each of the documents to be submitted.

All submissions must be made from a recognised email address of the organisation and sent to grants@toteboard.gov.sg. For documents (a) and (d), the HA or his/her equivalent, or his/her AR, is required to certify the hardcopy documents using wet-ink signature along with the organisation stamp before scanning and emailing them to Tote Board (the person who had certified/signed the documents must be copied in the submission email).

With effect from 31 August 2020, Tote Board will be accepting all new Enhanced Fund-Raising (EFR) Programme applications and its related claims submission on the  OurSG Grants (OSG) portal. CorpPass login will be required for all grant applications. However, please note that all existing applications (and its related claims submissions) submitted via Form.SG before 31 August 2020 will not be processed on OSG Portal.  Please use the Excel Claim Form (see point b) to submit claims for applications submitted before 31 August 2020.

From 1 July 2021all approved claims submitted via OSG Portal for the EFR Programme would be paid via PayNow Corporate.

 

[NEW] For applications submitted from August 2021, you are required to submit the following as supporting documentation during Claims Submission:

 

  • Physical fund-raising projects: photographs of the physical fund-raising event
  • Digital fund-raising projects: screenshots which include the URLs/campaign IDs of the relevant campaign pages/virtual events

 

What do you need to do to seamlessly receive matching grant payments via OSG from Tote Board?

 

  • Check and ensure that you and/or the charity you are raising funds for, have an existing bank account with one of the nine PayNow participating banks in Singapore – Bank of China, Citibank Singapore Limited, DBS Bank/POSB, HSBC, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited, Maybank, OCBC Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, and UOB.

 

  • If you and/or the charity you are raising funds for, are not registered for the PayNow Corporate service, kindly register for the service at your bank’s online banking platform and link your Unique Entity Number (UEN) to your corporate bank account.

 

  • Ensure the UEN of the beneficiaries provided on OSG Portal is accurate, and the PayNow Corporate service has been set up.

 

  • PayNow Corporate is not required if:
    • you are only submitting a claim for an application that was submitted before 31 August 2020; or
    • you are only submitting a claim for an application that was submitted after 31 August 2020 and your claim is submitted before 25 June 2021.

 

We would still require you to attach the Direct Credit Authorisation form in your OSG claims submission for our processing of the 60% Government matching (if eligible).


3. How do I complete the Statement of Accounts template?

The items of income and expenditure declared in the Statement of Accounts should be specific to the approved event/project only. These items should fall within the approved project period. The approved project period is the period during which your Organisation will be raising funds/receiving donations and incurring expenses for the approved project.

All items of income and expenditure should be reported on a gross basis (i.e. no netting-off of items).

You are responsible for ensuring that the information disclosed in your submission is accurate, timely, complete and has been prepared in compliance with all applicable laws.

You may wish to refer to the websites of the respective competent authorities for more information (e.g. to the write-ups and guides on the Charity Portal and on the Inland Revenue Authority's website, to the relevant statutes, etc.). If in doubt, please consult your professional accounting, tax, legal or other competent advisors.

4. What are the documents and records that I should keep?

 

Proper accounting records should be maintained, and made available to Tote Board upon request, to support the claims submitted.

[NEW] For applications submitted from August 2021, you are required to submit the following as supporting documentation during Claims Submission:

  • Physical fund-raising projects: photographs of the physical fund-raising event
  • Digital fund-raising projects: screenshots which include the URLs/campaign IDs of the relevant campaign pages/virtual events

You are encouraged to use the sample template (Breakdown of Income and Expenditure Details) to track and keep a timely record of items of income and expenditure relating to the project, and to consider submitting it to us when filing your claim.

Do note that you may be selected for an audit by Tote Board to validate your compliance with the terms and conditions of our Approval Letter and/or to inspect your accounts and all documents necessary for us to assess the accuracy and completeness of your claims.

For matters relating to Fund-raising Programmes, please email the Grant Management Division at grants@toteboard.gov.sg

 

 

Our Fund-Raising Contribution

In FY2013, Tote Board increased the funding cap from $20,000 to $50,000 for each fund-raising event. This increased contribution motivated organisations to raise more funds and in turn, better meet the needs of the community.

On Tote Board’s 30th Anniversary, we curated a special, one-off Commemorative Fund-Raising Initiative, doubling Tote Board’s contribution up to a cap of $100,000 per application.

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Fund-Raising Events

Here are some of the recent fund-raising projects we've supported.
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Blossom Home Refresh

"Blossom World Society (BWS) is very grateful for Tote Board's generous support via Enhanced Fund-Raising, especially in the current COVID-19 pandemic. With Tote Board's support, BWS is able to develop youth equipped with gratitude and kindness through character building programmes, and empower youth to take care of the elderly and vulnerable in our community in projects, for example Blossom Home Refresh.” 
Yen Sheng Xiang, General Manager, Blossom World Society

Climb for Mental Wellness (C4MW)

“During a global pandemic like COVID-19, such a programme from Tote Board is definitely sending the right signal to the social service agencies that they are not forgotten, and that even when the competition for funds has heated up, innovative and hardworking agencies will receive additional support from Tote Board to continue delivering its programmes and services.” 
Tim Lee, Executive Director, Caregivers Alliance Limited
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Submit Your Application

Applications must be received by Tote Board at least 30 days before the actual event date of our fund-raising project.

Kindly see the attached Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for further information.

Please ensure that you have read, understood and are prepared to accept Tote Board's EFR Terms and Conditions before applying.  

 

With effect from 31 August 2020, Tote Board will be accepting all new Enhanced Fund-Raising Programme applications and its related claims submission on the OurSG Grants (OSG) portal. CorpPass login will be required for all grant applications. However, please note that all existing applications (and its related claims submissions) submitted via Form.SG before 31 August 2020 will not be processed on OSG Portal.  Please use the Excel Claim Form to submit claims for applications submitted before 31 August 2020.

Please note that each project application is subject to Tote Board's approval and we reserve the right to reject any application in our sole discretion without providing any reasons.

Tote Board takes a serious view of, and will take enforcement action against, any abuses of its EFR Programme.

[Note: Applications for the EFR Programme on the OSG Portal are temporarily closed and will be re-opened as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.]

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