Leap For Good


Inspiring innovation through

Social entrepreneurship



Most of us would have seen something we believe must change for the better. Many walk on by and let the thought slowly pass. But some pause for a moment to look deeper, think further, and take the first step towards change.

LeapForGood (LFG) is a signature programme initiated and organised by the Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise (raiSE) to inspire innovation in addressing emerging social needs through social entrepreneurship. A human-centred design approach and community partnerships feature strongly in the programme.

LFG creates a convening platform and opportunities for Singapore’s passionate change-makers to transform thoughtful and innovative ideas into real solutions and sustainable social enterprise ventures.

The programme aims to inspire and support aspiring social entrepreneurs, existing social enterprises and organisations with a keen interest to set up social enterprises in addressing emerging social needs identified in the programme. Join the movement to ignite real social change through entrepreneurial ingenuity and determination!

Why should you participate?



Social needs


The LeapForGood programme aims to raise awareness of under-met or emerging social needs in Singapore and inspire social entrepreneurship in addressing these needs. The social needs themes for LeapForGood 2016 will be Eldercare and Mental Health. Our challenge themes will be based on the needs of these target communites.
Mental Care

1. Annuals Academy of Medicine. (2012). A Population-based Survey of Mental Disorders in Singapore. Singapore.
2, 3. Harvard School of Public Health. (2011). The Global Economic Burden of Non-communicable Diseases. USA.
4. Institute of Mental Health. (2011). Latest study sheds light on the state of mental health in Singapore. Singapore.
5. Anunals Academy of Medicine. (2012). A Population-based Survey of Mental Disorders in Singapore. Singapore.
6. Institute of Mental Health. (2011). Latest study sheds light on the state of mental health in Singapore. Singapore.

7. Annals Academy of Medicine. (2012). Where do People with Mental Disorders in Singapore go to for Help? Singapore.
8. Annals Academy of Medicine. (2012). A Population-based Survey of Mental Disorders in Singapore.
9. Siow Ann Chong. (2013). Bridging the Gap for People with Mental Illness. Singapore.
10. The Straits Times. (2015). Mental illnesses 'not all in the mind'. Singapore.
11. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. (2012). Mental disorders: employment and work productivity in Singapore. Singapore.

Elder Care

1. Ministry of Finance, Government of Singapore. (2016). Budget 2016 Partnering for the Future. Singapore.
2. National Population and Talent Division. (2013). A Sustainable Population for a Dynamic Singapore. Singapore.
3. Singapore Department of Statistics. (2016). M870261- Hospital Admission Rate By Sex And Age, Annual. Singapore.
4. Ng, T. P. (2009). Chronic disease, functional status and quality of life among the elderly in Singapore. Singapore.
5. The Straits Times. (2015). One in 10 people over 60 have dementia, new Singapore study claims. Singapore.
6. The Hongkong and Shanghai Bank, Singapore. (2013). Retirees in Singapore face 8 years of hardship after savings run out. Singapore.

7. The Straits Times. (2015). More Elderly Suffer from Malnutrition. Singapore.
8, 9. Ministry of Manpower, Government of Singapore. (2015). Labour Force in Singapore 2015. Singapore.
10. Singapore Department of Statistics. (2014). Household Living Arrangement in Singapore, 1990 - 2010. Singapore
11. International Longevity Centre. (2011). A Profile of Older Men and Older Women in Singapore. Singapore.



Insights Brief

20 Selected Teams

Design Challenges

Programme timeline


How do
you get

Sign up for upcoming workshops

Workshop 1: Social Needs Insights

Workshop 2: Developing Ideas for Solutions

Workshop 3: Social Enterprise Planning

Register your interest to download the Application Form!


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The Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise (raiSE) was set up to raise awareness on social entrepreneurship and raise support for social enterprises in Singapore. raiSE hopes to strengthen the social enterprise sector in Singapore and encourage the growth of social enterprises as a sustainable way to address social needs.

raiSE provides a range of support to help social enterprises from start to mature stages, such as funding, advisory services, training, relevant updates and networks. raiSE also looks to encourage collaboration and sharing of information between social enterprises and voluntary welfare organisations. raiSE welcomes the support of corporations and individuals who would like to contribute or play a role in the social enterprise sector.

Our Partners

LeapForGood is organised by raiSE, together with the support of our partners below

Organising partner

Capacity & Capability
Building Partner

Community partners

Bethesda Filos Lion befrienders O'Joy SACS Silver ribbon We care

Knowledge partners


Incubation partner


Network partners


Outreach partners

Ace DataKind ImpactHub Lien Centre Participate in design Startup Grind Tedx Tie Singapore

Implementation partners

Orcadesign Overspective Eden Padang Scape


What is different about LeapForGood?
  1. The Approach: LFG takes a human-centred design approach, which puts an emphasis on building a deep empathy with the people you are designing for, and creating innovative new solutions tailor made to solve people’s actual needs. To do this, we work closely with community stakeholders (VWOs and industry experts) throughout the programme.
  2. The programme: LFG is a holistic end-to-end year-long programme that is most suitable for those who would like to receive training, mentorship, skills and knowledge to develop their early stage ideas, prototype and validate them and prepare them for implementation.
Why take the human-centred design approach? How does the process help transform insights into sustainable solutions?

Human-centred design is a creative approach to problem solving, a process that starts with the people you are designing for and ends with new solutions that are tailor made to suit their needs. Through ethnographic research in the target communities and interviews with industry experts, we aim to truly understand the diverse problems faced by the elderly with support needs and persons with mental health issues. These insights and trends are synthesised and presented as personas and design challenges to facilitate our participants in addressing targeted problem areas. Through workshops and consultation sessions, participants will also learn how to translate research insights into innovative solutions, using design principles and personas as guiding tools.

What are the eldercare and mental health issues that participants can address through the LeapForGood programme?

You can refer to the Design Challenges and Appendix 1 in our LeapForGood Insights Brief (download here) for more details on the elderly groups and mental health issues that the current run of the programme focuses on. These aim to provide useful thought starters for focal areas that the new social ventures can address for impact and relevance.

Do I have to submit my application as an individual or part of a team?

You may submit your application as an individual, or as part of an existing legal entity. Individual participants entering as a group may submit one application by identifying an individual as the team leader and listing the rest of the team members in the application.

Is there a minimum or maximum number of people required to form a team?

The maximum number of members per team is 4. There is no minimum number of people required to form a team. Nonetheless, at the final stage of evaluation prior to the pilot phase, having a committed team with relevant capabilities will be taken into consideration as part of the judging criteria. You may submit your application as an individual and choose to form a team after the first round of shortlisting in August.

Are there any grant criteria?

If you are shortlisted to receive funding at the end of the prototype phase, all participants are required to incorporate their business at the point of signing the funding agreement. At least 1 co-founder should be a Singapore Resident or Permanent Resident, and at least 1 full-time co-founder is preferred.

What is LeapForGood’s grant quantum?

At the end of the prototype phase, raiSE intends to award up to 5 social enterprise ventures with up to S$100,000 each. The LFG grant is targeted at new or existing social enterprises addressing social outcome areas in the eldercare or mental health communities.

How are the winners decided?

Participants will go through two rounds of judging. In the first round, participants will submit an application form detailing the concept of their proposed social enterprises to be in the running to receive support and funds to make them a reality. Up to 20 applications will enter the prototyping phase with an “Idea Fund” of S$1,000 each to test and validate their concepts. These will culminate to a Demo Day, where they will make their pitches to secure funding for their social enterprises. Up to 5 social enterprises will emerge from the process and will each receive an LFG grant of up to S$100,000.

Applications will be judged based on how well your proposed social enterprise venture can address the identified needs and the viability of your social business proposition. At the final stage of evaluation prior to the pilot phase, having a committed team with relevant capabilities will also form part of the judging criteria.

How will I know if my application has been received?

You will receive a confirmation email within 3 working days. Shortlisted applicants will be notified by 20th August.

How is the funding quantum decided?

The funding quantum is decided based on the proposal and funding needs of the business. LeapForGood is a competitive programme and all applications are assessed on their merit and adherence to the eligibility criteria and not on a first-come-first-served basis.

How are grants disbursed?

We practise milestone-based disbursement, with funds disbursed in tranches upon meeting mutually agreed milestones.

Is there restriction on the use of grants?

Funds can be used to fund 80% of the total project cost (capital expenditure and up to first two years’ operating costs).

What is the duration of the grant agreement?

Depending on the funding quantum and agreed milestones, the contractual period can range from 1 to 3 years.

If my social enterprise holds a grant from another organisation, can I still participate?

Yes, you may apply for raiSE’s LeapForGood. However, you are required to disclose the necessary information of the grant in your application. The funds should not be used for the same purposes.

Can I apply for LeapForGood if I am a past raiSE grantee?

LeapForGood is open to past raiSE grantees whose funding agreement has lapsed and there are no outstanding matters.

Can I apply for LeapForGood if I am an existing raiSE grantee?

LeapForGood is not open to existing raiSE grantees.

When can I submit my LeapForGood application?

Application opens on 8th June 2016 and the application form will be made available on the website. You may submit your complete application to leapforgood@raise.sg from 8th June 2016 till the submission deadline on 17th July 2016.

Can I submit my LeapForGood application without attending any workshops/consultation clinics in Phase 1?

Yes, you may. Nonetheless, it is recommended that you attend the three workshops and consultation clinic in phase 1 of the programme before submitting your application. These workshops and clinic will help you as you prepare your application form and supporting documents.

After reading through the FAQs, I still need further clarifications. What should I do?

Contact us at leapforgood@raise.sg if you have additional questions.


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