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#OCBCCares Environment Fund

We provide financial support for green initiatives that enhance Singapore's sustainability landscape.


An aquaponics project to enhance food sustainability

We funded Dr Lim Jia Yang to set up an aquaponics system for growing vegetables that does not require chemicals or pesticides. The funding also covered the development of a training kit model that will help others in setting up their own systems for the same purpose.

Binning plastic bottles and fruit peels responsibly

We funded the group, Green Nudge, whose mission is to encourage people at sporting events to bin plastic bottles and fruit peels for recycling and composting.

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Project Type

100% implementable with potential for further scalability

Have visible and achievable outcomes with a sustainable impact on Singapore's environment

Solves Singapore's climate action issues

Benefits a wide segment of the community


Singaporeans and Permanent Residents. Non-residents may apply as a group with at least two Singaporeans/Permanent Residents.

The Green Pitch

We organised The Green Pitch in 2019 to invite like-minded individuals to come together to pitch their climate action solutions. Their mission: to get funding that enables them to put ideas into action.

A total of 62 individuals attended Round 1 of The Green Pitch on 16 October 2019 to workshop their ideas and to better understand problem statements. At the close of day, we received 35 applications to participate in the Pitch. Twelve candidates were then selected to make pitches at a closed-door event on Nov 2, 2019.

The #OCBCCares Environment Fund has chosen to support:

  • Afoodable and Foodiv - The two entities will join forces to work on a location-based app connecting food retailers and consumers to minimise food wastage.
  • Project Black Gold - A group that will support residents across communities in practising food composting. The compost will be distributed and used in community gardens.
  • The Clothes Library - A subscription-based clothes swapping service for women from the low-income community.
  • The Wishy Washy - A group of primary school students which will construct equipment that uses rain water to wash plastic bottles and metal cans before recycling.

A big 'Thank You' to all participants of our inaugural Green Pitch.

Written Application

There's still time to apply for funding

If you have a solution for reducing CO2 emissions, we will fund you. Submit a written application by 31 December 2019. Successful applicants will be notified by end February 2020. Download application form.

Independent evaluation committee


Mr N Sivasothi

Senior Lecturer,

Department of Biological Sciences

Director of Studies, Ridge View Residential College

National University of Singapore

Vice Chairman

Ms Koh Ching Ching

Head, Group Brand and Communications


Ms Sueanne Mocktar

Director, 3P Network Division

National Environment Agency

Dr Lena Chan

Group Director, National Biodiversity Centre

National Parks Board

Ms Serena Seah

Sr Principal Engineer, Water Demand Management & Inspectorate PUB

Singapore's National Water Agency


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