Tote Board Social Service Fund (TBSSF)

The Tote Board Social Service Fund provides grants for critical and strategic social service programmes and new programmes for the social service sector.
The Tote Board had appointed NCSS to administer the Tote Board Social Service Fund (TBSSF) since 2006. TBSSF provides grants for critical and strategic social service programmes and new programmes for the social service sector.

 >> Read more on the Fund Allocation Guidelines of Tote Board Social Service Fund.

From FY21-23, the following priority areas will guide NCSS’ fund allocation:

  1. Support for families to break out of cycle of intergenerational social disadvantage
  2. Support for caregivers to manage their caregiving responsibilities and care for themselves as well
  3. Support for persons with mental health conditions to attain empowerment and social inclusion

Agencies are encouraged to submit applications related to these priority areas. Applications that fall outside these priority areas, but respond to emerging or unmet needs, will continue to be considered for funding as well.

Staff (NCSS Member VWO), Staff (MSF funded VWOs)Individuals
Application Criteria & Eligibility
Details on the eligbility criteria is available here.
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Application Procedures

All applications should be submitted through the Funds Administration System (FAS). Please go to e-services using your social service agency ID and password to access FAS.

For applications for funding of social service programmes, applications should be submitted prior to the commencement of the programmes. Funding will not commence until approval of the application has been obtained.

Applications will be tabled for approval on a regular basis. To help us process your application expediently, please ensure that you have provided all necessary supporting documents and that the application form is properly completed by the end of each grant call. The grant call timelines is as shown below. If the first day of the grant call period falls on a weekend, for example 1 August 2021 which falls on a Sunday, applications will be accepted on the Friday prior to the weekend.

For ALL applications for funding of new programmes, renewal of funding for existing programmes and requests for change in funding of existing programmes:

 Grant call period Estimated approval period
1 Feb - 28 Feb 2021   Jul 2021
1 May - 31 May 2021  Oct 2021
1 Aug - 31 Aug 2021   Jan 2022
1 Nov - 30 Nov 2021  Apr 2022

Note: The dates shown above may be subject to changes. This webpage will be updated should there be any changes in the approval and grant call dates.

For new programmes with a funding request of more than $1 million, the approval dates will be extended up to another 2 months with the final approving authority by Tote Board.

For more details on the application procedures, please contact:

Fund Allocation
National Council of Social Service