Honouring Strength in Adversity: Yayasan Hasanah distributed more than RM550 million in social assistance in 2021

A total of 1.48 million people reached across Malaysia through 169 grant partners and 222 initiatives in five Hasanah Impact Areas

KUALA LUMPUR, 30 May 2022 – Yayasan Hasanah (“Hasanah”) , a foundation of Khazanah Nasional Bhd (“Khazanah”), announced having distributed RM554 million through interventions which reached 1.48 million people in Malaysia last year.

According to The Hasanah Report 2021 launched today, this reach was through 222 projects involving collaboration with 169 grant partners made up of civil society organisations, government agencies, social enterprises and corporate Malaysia.

These efforts span five impact areas which are: education, community development, environment, arts and public spaces, and knowledge.

Dato’ Shahira Ahmed Bazari, Yayasan Hasanah Trustee and Managing Director said, ”We are honoured to be able to play our part during the challenging periods of 2021, by assisting through scholarships, humanitarian relief efforts, livelihood programmes, food distribution, access to education, amongst others, by impacting various individuals in need, across all layers of society. This achievement is the result of strategic collaborations between civil society organisations, Malaysian corporates, government agencies as well as the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Education.”

Among the partnerships highlighted were the Economic and Malaysian People Protection Package (PERMAI), which was established by the government to combat the COVID-19 outbreak, safeguard the welfare of the people and support business continuity. This included RM25 million allocated by the government towards the Government-Linked Companies (GLC) and Government-Linked Investment Companies (GLIC) Disaster Response Network (GRDN). Through this network, Yayasan Hasanah has disbursed RM16.5 million through 32 GLCs and corporate organisations under a matching grant, which reached 200,000

The foundation also highlighted its role in the CERDIK initiative to address the digital learning gap for 150,000 students in primary and secondary schools in Malaysia, and to pilot the future adoption of digital learning models.

Under the PRIHATIN initiative by the Ministry of Finance, Yayasan Hasanah, through the Hasanah Special Grant 2021 distributed more than RM20 million through 40 projects benefiting 37,600 individuals from all layers of vulnerable communities including the B40 income communities, the Orang Asal, the elderly, the homeless, stateless and undocumented migrants, at-risk children, women, youth and persons with special needs.

Yayasan Hasanah also disbursed RM44 million to address basic food needs by distributing cashless food aid through the Ministry of Finance’s PEMERKASA programme, benefiting 137,273 recipients nationwide to ensure basic food provisions were met for a period of three months.

“While assistance reached all states in the country, the states that saw the most initiatives were Sabah (32), Selangor (21), and Perak (18) respectively, while 82 other initiatives covered multiple states,” Shahira said.

In partnership with the Ministry of Finance, the foundation is currently seeking applicants for its Hasanah Special Grant 2022 Programme, and now accepting submissions for its RM100 million worth of grants to be disbursed in this year. Those interested in applying can do so at https://yayasanhasanah.org/hasanah-special-grant-2022/.

Other grants available are ArtFAS (Arts for All Seasons) for the arts, heritage and culture community, which will open for application from 1 June till 17 July 2022, as well as the Social Enterprise Seed & Growth Fund Grant 2022 which will open from 15 till 30 July, 2022.

Full details of The Hasanah Report are now available online at the interactive website