Can projects receive other sources of funding in addition to the SG Eco Fund?
Applicants are not allowed to receive funding from more than one government grant scheme for the same project. However, applicants can still seek funding from other non-government sources. Applicants will be required to declare their funding sources in the application form.
How long would it take for the application to be approved?
Evaluation of Main applications could take up to four months, after the closure of the grant call. The actual time taken depends on the nature of the project, the completeness of the information submitted, and the grant quantum.
For Sprout applications, the process could take up to two months, after the closure of the grant call. Actual time may vary depending on the availability and timing of the pitch presentations.
Can applicants submit more than one application for the SG Eco Fund?
An applicant may submit more than one application. Each application should only feature one project. If the applicant is implementing the same programme or curriculum across different communities or locations, then these would be seen as one project.
Applicants submitting multiple applications will have to show that they have enough manpower and resources to manage multiple projects. For applicants submitting to both funding categories (Sprout and Main), project should be distinct from each other.
Can applicants re-submit a project to the SG Eco Fund that has been rejected previously?
Applicants are discouraged from submitting the same project to the SG Eco Fund, unless significant changes have been made to a project proposal to align it better with the funding criteria.
How will the grant be disbursed?
Grants will be given out on a reimbursement basis upon completion of project milestones. The project milestones and deliverables will be set and agreed by both applicant and the Trust before the commencement of the project.
Upon achieving agreed milestones and deliverables, the applicant should submit these documents within one month of the milestone date:
- Project progress/completion report
- For projects with approved funding quantum of $30,000 or below, applicants shall submit original/certified true copies of invoices/payment records.
- For projects with approved funding quantum of more than S$30,000, applicants will have to engage an auditor and submit a report of factual findings.
The claim for the final reimbursement should be submitted within three months of the project completion date.
If the applicant requires some upfront funding after approval of the application, please write in to the Trust and provide reasons for the request.
Can the grant be used to support expenses that were incurred before the award of the grant?
Only expenses incurred after the applicant's acceptance of the Letter of Offer will be eligible for reimbursement.
How should receipts be submitted?
As receipts printed on thermal paper (e.g. supermarket receipt) will fade over time, please make a copy of the receipt for submission. We reserve the right to exclude receipts that are unclear or faded from the total project cost.
Do applicants need to audit their invoices and payment records?
For projects with an approved grant quantum exceeding S$30,000, applicants will have to engage an auditor and submit a report of factual findings for each claim. The cost of engaging the auditor should be included in the project budget during application.
How do applicants amend their application or provide additional information?
Once a grant application is submitted, applicants will no longer be able to make any amendments. For amendment of critical fields such as project dates and budget amount, applicants may contact the Trust via email to put forth the request. It will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Who owns the Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) arising from the project?
The Grant Recipient and the SG Eco Fund Board of Trustees will co-own all IPRs arising from or created in relation to the project. The SG Eco Fund retains the rights to utilise IPRs for charitable purposes.
Can two or more organisations jointly apply for the SG Eco Fund?
Multiple organisations can apply together. However, there should be one organisation as the main applicant to submit the application form. The other organisations can be listed as partners in the form. The main applicant is responsible for liaising with the Trust Secretariat on the project, signing the Letter of Offer, and submitting the claims for reimbursement. In addition, the invoices/payment records for claims should reflect the main applicant’s name.
How does the SG Eco Fund define ‘community involvement/engagement’?
Community involvement/engagement is defined as the project enabling or empowering the community to take action for the environment, or involving the community in the design and implementation. Community can be defined broadly as a group of people based on location, interest or sector, e.g. residents living in a town, or members of an interest group. A company’s employees are not considered as part of the community.
Does a project need to be ‘new’ to be considered for the SG Eco Fund?
A project does not need to be ‘new’ in order to be eligible for the SG Eco Fund. However, the applicant must explain the need for the project, and make a case for how replicating an existing project will provide additional environmental benefit or how the project will be improved as compared to the existing project.
Can an organization generate profit from a project that receives funding from the SG Eco Fund?
The SG Eco Fund recognises the need for financial sustainability of projects. Applicants can generate profit from a project if it supports the continued operation of the project and advances environmental sustainability in Singapore.
If grant recipients do not meet the agreed project targets, can they still receive the reimbursement for their costs?
When setting project targets in the application, applicants should ensure that the targets are achievable, tangible, quantitative and relevant to the project objectives. The grant recipients would need to provide valid reasons should they not meet the targets. If the reasons are not accepted, reimbursement may be withheld or adjusted.
If the SG Eco Fund approves a project for funding, does it mean it will support the full 80% of all cost items in an applicant’s budget?
The SG Eco Fund can support up to 80% of supportable cost items, capped at $1 million. The Trust will determine the reasonableness and need of the cost items when evaluating the project.