Yayasan Hasanah Grants


Community Development


Arts, Heritage and Culture


Public Spaces

We support programmes that are clearly aligned with our mandate, and which support any of the Focus Areas we invest in – Education; Community Development; Environment; Arts, Heritage & Culture; Knowledge; and Public Spaces.



Your organisation is eligible for our grant if you:

-Are registered with either the Registrar of Society (ROS) or Registrar of Companies (ROC) for at least 2 years; and
– Have audited financial accounts for the past 2 years.


What we look for

We seek out projects which not only fit into our five focus areas, but also demonstrate the following:

– Sustainability

– Positive change in the community or beneficiaries

– Replicable, or scalable

– Shows long-term thinking

– Results – measurable outputs, outcomes and social impact


We don’t support

– Direct donations or grants to individuals

– Projects concerned with individual sponsorships for participation in workshops, seminars, conferences or congresses; or for studies and training courses

– Projects which are not within our five focus areas

– Projects which support political campaigns

– Projects focused on construction activities, purchase of equipment, purchase and/or renovation of buildings or offices for commercial purposes

– Projects aimed predominantly at charitable donations and profit making activities

– Projects which are already funded by another Hasanah grant and still on-going at the time of application of a new grant

– Faith-based projects and activities

Our funding for Education goes towards supporting transformation in public schools, so that every child has access to quality education with an emphasis on holistic student outcomes (academic and non-academic), to ensure Malaysia’s next generation of graduates are able to meet the workplace demands of a competitive globalised economy.

Hasanah awards grants twice a year:

  • Grant Cycle 1 is awarded in March.This cycle focuses on funding for programmes (i) that address a critical national agenda and targets long-term high-impact scale across the country, or (ii) programmes which provide our partner organisations the potential to become a voice in policy-making and replicating scalable models across the nation.

    The funding amount for Grant Cycle 1 starts from RM250,000 over one year and up to a maximum of RM2,000,000 over a period of three (3) years.

  • Grant Cycle 2 is awarded in September the same year.

    Cycle 2 focuses on programmes that provide small scale funding to promote growth and positive change within Hasanah’s Focus Areas. This Grant Cycle supports funding for programmes up to a maximum of RM250,000 over a period of one year.

For each Grant Cycle, we provide for two types of funding support – Organisational Development Funding (ODF), and Programme Management Funding (PMF). Very often, civil society organisations (CSOs) receive funding for their programmes, but lack the means to support or scale-up their operational needs. As an Impact-driven foundation, we recognise the importance for the sustainability of both the beneficiary-programmes, as well as the sustainability of the CSOs’ operations. This approach will strengthen the organisational capacity and lead to the achievement of long-term impact.


Support that goes beyond funding

Our approach goes beyond ‘dollars and cents.’ Beyond funding, we seek to build the capacity within the civil society sector. CSOs that become Hasanah Partners also receive Hasanah’s support through strategic and business advice, training organisations and workshops, best practice sharing, networking opportunities and knowledge sharing across our network.

At Hasanah, it’s a partnership. Our Partners are our local champions and our beacon of change. We value them and are proud to support and empower them to deliver value to vulnerable communities every day.


If your organisation serves a cause and has a project that is aligned with Hasanah’s mandate across our Focus Areas, and would like to apply for grant with us, have a read of the Hasanah Grant Application Guidelines (Cycle 1 and Cycle 2) for further information. You can also get in touch with us at grant.application@hasanah.org.my

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When are the Grant Cycles?

We have two Grant Cycles each year. Grant Cycle 1 is awarded in March. It focuses on funding for projects which has the potential to become a voice in policy making and replicating scalable social delivery models across the nation. Grant Cycle 2 is awarded in September, and focuses on providing small scale funding to promote growth and positive change in Hasanah’s Focus Areas.

Is there a funding limitation for these Cycles?

There is – Grant Cycle 1 supports projects from a minimum of RM 250,000 over one year and up to a maximum of RM2,000,000 over a period of three years. Grant Cycle 2 supports projects up to a maximum of RM 250,000 over a period of one year.

Can I submit more than one Concept Note application?

Yes, you can, as long as your project fulfils the criteria stated in the Hasanah Grant Application Guidelines.

Can I apply for both Cycle 1 and Cycle 2 Grants in the same year?

No, you cannot apply for a Cycle 2 grant in the same year if your organisation was awarded a grant for a project under Cycle 1.

Am I still eligible for Sponsorship if I apply for a Grant?

Yes, if the project for the Sponsorship and Grant differs.

What is a Concept Note?

A Concept Note is a preliminary proposal that outlines your organisation and the project for which you are seeking funding. Concept Note applications will be shortlisted to proceed to the next stage of submitting a Full Grant Application.

What is a Full Grant Application?

A Full Grant Application is the final submission in this process. Only successful Concept Notes will move to this stage. You will be required to provide further details on your project, together with an Implementation Plan and a detailed breakdown of funding requested. Shortlisted Full Grant Applications will thereafter move on to the Due Diligence stage, before recommendations are made to the Hasanah Board of Trustees.