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$100,000 Award to Improve Lives of Persons with Disablities Singapore

#1 User is offline   hukildaspida 

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 11:34 AM

We would like to share this with our other readers as it may be of interest to some, maybe even to that of ACC and WINZ‎ people who read this forum.

Perhaps they could do something similar in New Zealand & involve those whom receive assistance from either of these departments.

Mar 17, 2014
$100,000 Award to Improve Lives of Persons with Disablities

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disabilities/special needs

The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) and SG Enable will be offering $100,000 to five teams as jumpstart awards for new ideas to improve the lives of persons with disabilities. This Award is part of the inaugural “Enabling Community coLAB”, to be launched by MSF and SG Enable on 5 April 2014.

The Enabling Community coLAB (Annex A) invites the community to learn, connect and come up with innovative solutions to some of the everyday challenges faced by persons living with disabilities. Through coLAB, participants will understand the challenges that persons with disabilities face in their daily lives. Through the ideas generated from the coLAB, the hope is to improve the lives of persons with disabilities and foster greater inclusion of them in society.

The event, to be held at *SCAPE from 5-6 April 2014, is a two-day workshop for participants to develop their ideas with the help of facilitators and like-minded peers. At the finals in May 2014, up to five selected teams will be awarded up to $20,000 each to turn their ideas into reality with the help of mentors and community partners (Annex B). DBS is the main corporate partner for the event.

Proposals that could eventually become social enterprises may be considered for funding under MSF’s ComCare Enterprise Fund and Youth Social Entrepreneurship Programme for Start-ups (Annex C).

MSF and SG Enable would like to invite all interested parties to be a part of the Enabling Community coLAB and work towards the creation of impactful ideas to benefit the lives of persons with disabilities. Prior to the main workshop, participants will get to learn from relevant experts in the disability sector as well as hear first-hand the aspirations and challenges of inspiring individuals living with disabilities. Registration is now open at

For more information please refer to the following Annexes:

Annex A: Enabling Community coLAB: Objectives, process and event details, website link for more information

Annex B: Enabling Community coLAB community partners

Annex C: Funding options for viable business models: ComCare Enterprise Fund and YSEP for Start-Ups,

SG Enable

SG Enable is an agency dedicated to enabling persons with disabilities. The agency seeks to empower persons with disabilities and their caregivers by providing easy access to information and referral services, enhancing employability and employment options for persons with disabilities, and engaging the larger community in enabling them to live in a more inclusive society. For more information, visit

Annex A

Enabling Community coLAB

A pilot project by MSF and SG Enable

What is a “coLAB”?

"co" stands for co-create, co-design and co-develop, while LAB represents the "laboratory" for ideas. When put together the "coLAB" is essentially a collaboration between interested parties, coming together to develop ideas to solve a problem. Open to all – from social entrepreneurs, developers, designers, industry experts, researchers to students – you are invited to learn, play, collaborate and network, be empowered and empower others through your energy and ideas!


The workshops, featuring industry and technology experts, will provide a backdrop to the coLAB. It will dive into the challenges facing people with disabilities, the technologies and solutions currently available to them as well as first-hand experiences from people living with disabilities.


Meet passionate people working in the disability sector. Also connect with technology gurus and expert developers. Share your expertise with the less experienced. Form new connections with like-minded innovators.


Find partners, swap ideas, and discover opportunities. You may just end up starting your own social enterprise after this coLAB! You could be selected to receive support and funding to take your idea further and become a reality.

Get rewarded

Up to ten teams will be given a “spur award” (a total of $15,000 to be won) at the end of the two-day workshop weekend. These teams will qualify for free workshops and services to help them refine their solutions to compete in the finals in May. Up to five “jumpstart awards” (a total of $100,000 to be won) will be awarded. Winning teams will be further incubated by the coLAB’s partners.

Visit our website ( ) to find our more!

Annex B

Community Partners



SG Enable

Main corporate sponsor


Programme partner


Social Innovation partner

UP Singapore

Community partners

Autism Resource Centre


Movement for the Intellectually Disabled Singapore (MINDS)

NUS Entrepreneurship Centre

Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Republic Polytechnic

SMU Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship (IIE)


Social Enterprise Association

Society for the Physically Disabled

START Centre

SUTD Opportunity Lab

Temasek Polytechnic


Annex C

Available Funding Options

MSF’s ComCare Enterprise Fund (CEF)

CEF aims to provide seed funding for sustainable new and existing social enterprises that train and employ the needy disadvantaged in Singapore to help them become self-reliant. CEF is open to all new and existing social enterprises within the social service sector. It does not fund social enterprises with objectives that fall in the arts, cultural, health or environmental sectors.

Approved social enterprises can get up to 80% of the total project cost (start-up and operating costs for up to two years), subject to a maximum of S$300,000.

Eligibility for CEF

To be considered for CEF funding, the proposal must address 3 key areas:

1) A Compelling Social Objective(s)

2) A Viable Business Proposition

3) A Committed Team

Youth Social Entrepreneurship Programme (YSEP) for Start Ups

YSEP for Start Ups provides funding support to youths aged between 17 – 35 years in developing and implementing their social enterprise start-ups within the local social services sector. It does not fund applications within the arts, health or environment sectors. Start-ups can get up to 80% of the total projected capital expenditure and first year operating expenditure, capped at $50,000.

Interested youths may apply to MSF through any of our administrating institutions of higher learning.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be evaluated in the following key areas:

1) Compelling social objective

2) Feasibility and sustainability

3) Quality of management team

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 01:01 PM

Hi there Hu!

There are a couple of things that are similar (though not as good IMHO). I saw one through ODI which invited organisations to apply. This lead to things such as the IHC receiving funds to help their clients start their own business. There is another MSD one that occurs once each year and allows applicants to apply for funding to develop a project to help communities learn about disability or help with access to supports/ relief of discrimination against people with disabilities.

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 02:09 PM

I find this all very cyclic. Sorry ....

We know stress is a killer and is responsible for a lot of the frustrations and 'blocks' for any person/s.

If we give people of all walks of disability the same equal chances and recognition by ways of.... financial leverage to assist for costs of craft, travel independence, social attendances etc, community assistance, We'd be along way down the road of assisting and relieving issues. BUT NO it doesn't happen because we have to many corporate institutions dictating.

There was for example a 'Donated Property' to the disable community from a Masonic Lodge group years ago operating. This was handed over by the IHC to Property Managers. This property was then without proper consult to the community, SOLD. The Disabled community are now left with NO WHERE to go for their Art & Crafts, Social entertainment etc. This property was frequented by other disabled communities to. Now they are ALL feeling lost.

Why the closure? The Property Managers said 'it wasn't making money. It was not the intention of the donated property to make money. Smell a rat..... yeah that WHOLE community does. Not even a Community signed Petition meant anything to those Money venturers..

So where does it all start and end...... 'no where really'... Only thing that happens is a group will get $100,000 to leisure time with and lip service to a few ideas will fade out. NOTHING will ever get done. The IHC will tell you that the 'Community will provide for the needs of the Disabled'..... Pray tell me how, when the IHC only want to make money out of the good nature of folk donating properties to 'the disabled Community'.

Oh and I forgot to say... All the IHC funding and charitable trusts monies.... hmmm yeah right... A lot of hefty $$$ salaries get paid to quite a number of folk firstly over years, and just what have they done to actually achieve such improvements to the disabled. I agree they have followed through with a lot of things BUT the proof is in the pudding...

We all know the restrictions of Mental and Physical, the truth is, 'the Government doesn't want to use tax payers funds to advance or fund long term anything.

IHC selling off donated property to 'the disabled of the community', is a blantantly wrong move. IHC have just proven that they have bad financial management. To rip off the Community, of it's most treasured resource for the disabled and the community who share in their lives is 'wrong on all counts'.

IHC have charity drives to fund raise, and very well they do to. The IHC should have approached the Community to ask for suggestions as to ideas of increased and or better use the large modern property, whereby they could have raised a little more funds maybe to cover any maintanence and rates costs. Did IHC do this...NO. There would have been ample opportunity to allow individual artists, etc to hire rooms, even individual office space for anyone needing it. They could of had a good Gallery etc... Many options would have come forward, it the Community were given a choice. The Trustees of the building only look after certain aspects of the property, it's the Disabled Community that have the right of say over the use etc of the building/even if they had advocates speak for them. These people are now so disadvantaged it's a disgrace. They are so very sad and at a huge loss with no-where to go. That property was theirs and they new it. It was their focal point in their lives. It was snatched from under them by 'money hungry' business dealings.

This has been in the local news I don't know about other media.


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Posted 03 April 2014 - 04:26 PM

As a many reports of whom controls the monies , nothing has changed , good to see the posting is still keeping us up to date.

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