Eldercare and mental health issues to be targeted though social enterprises

A Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise initiative "LeapForGood" is calling for proposals to deal with eldercare and mental health issues.
A Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise initiative "LeapForGood" is calling for proposals to deal with eldercare and mental health issues.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise (raiSE) initiative "LeapForGood" is calling for proposals to deal with eldercare and mental health issues.

Launched at a media session and panel discussion on Friday (May 13) in partnership with the National Council for Social Services (NCSS) and DesignSingapore Council, the initiative aims to provide development opportunities and funding for social enterprise ideas though a year-long programme.

Proposals may receive up to $100,000 in grants and there is no limit to the number of grants that can be awarded. Through social entrepreneurship, LeapForGood hopes that it can address emerging social needs.

Panel member Dr Chey Chor Khoon, Executive Director of Lion Befrienders Service Association (Singapore), hopes that social enterprises can provide solutions to better assess how impactful their services are and help them to retain volunteers.

Proposals will be judged on how well they have targeted the needs of focus groups, viability of business propositions, commitment of founders and the extent to which solutions have been validated on the ground.

Interested participants can attend a series of workshops starting on June 11 and submit their applications by July 17. More information on the programme is available on leapforgood.com