Yayasan Hasanah Grants


Community Development


Arts, Heritage and Culture


Public Spaces

Yayasan Hasanah’s (Hasanah) grants go towards Partner Organisations whose programmes 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.

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 that address a critical national agenda and targets long-term high-impact scale across the country, or programmes which provide our Civil Society Partner Organisations (CSPOs) 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 a minimum of 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-based Foundation, we recognise the importance for the sustainability of both the beneficiary-programmes, as well as the sustainability of the CSOs’ operations and strengthening of their organisational capacity, to deliver long-term solutions.


Hasanah’s grant process is a series of stages, each with built-in rigour and due diligence.
To start, read through the Hasanah Grant Application Guidelines (Cycle 1 and Cycle 2), before you embark on the process. Please note that if you are applying for Cycle 1, to refer to the ‘Hasanah Grant Application Guidelines (Cycle 1)’; and to ‘Hasanah Grant Application Guidelines (Cycle 2)’ if you are intending to apply for a grant under Cycle 2.


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 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?

If you have been awarded with a Cycle 1 Grant, then all your future potential projects should be submitted under Cycle 1 Grants. If your submission for Grant Cycle 1 was unsuccessful, you may try again under Grant Cycle 2, provided that your application meets the necessary guidelines. We encourage you to speak with our Programme Team or the relevant Focus Area Team for guidance on how to improve your application.

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.