Financial Assistance and Social Partnerships

As a core program for grants, monetary assistance is extended to like-minded organizations whose advocacies strike the primary thrusts of the Foundation on education, health and visual arts.  

Recently, the grant-giving program added to its focus the support of social initiatives that help contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). In 2011, the Foundation co-partnered with development organizations that implement projects that aim to address MDGs 1, 2, 4 and 5, namely, the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, achievement of universal primary education, reduction of child mortality and improvement of maternal health.

The Grants Program of MBFI identifies some criteria in assessing proposals which are aligned with the mentioned thrusts and advocacies. Some of which are as follows:

  1. Projects that are sustainable and with high impact
  2. Involvement of other key stakeholders of the society
  3. Projects with clear targets that may be monitored
  4. Target beneficiaries belong to the underprivileged and vulnerable sectors

The Metrobank Foundation also seeks out partnership and supports social development projects in disaster management, financial literacy, environment and the like. Out of almost a hundred grantees each year, select organizations are invited to receive their grants during the Grants Turnover Ceremony held in the occasion of Metrobank’s anniversary. This is a formal event wherein we honor our grantees whom we synergized with to enable us to realize our desire to serve the communities that needed most help. In a nutshell, giving grants is our initiative to empower the organizations and the communities through partnerships that affirms the Foundation as developmental and beyond philanthropic.

In-kind Donations

Other than financial grants, in-kind donations are also implemented i.e. computer, tarpaulin and office furniture donations through coordination with other subsidiaries and affiliates of the Metrobank Group of Companies.

Calamity Assistance

The Grants Unit through the initiative of the Group Chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty also voluntarily extends assistance to the victims of natural calamities through the local government units and government agencies concerned.

Art Grants

The Metrobank Art and Design Excellence or MADE is an annual competition which awards painters, sculptors, interior designers and architects. This project is in recognition of the need to harness the creative energies of the youth within the discipline of the arts. One of the objectives of the MADE competition is to help launch budding artists into the national art scene. Based on the Foundation’s consultations with different art groups (National Center for Culture and the Arts and Cultural Center of the Philippines to name a few), the holding of exhibits, whether solo or in groups is the only venue for an artist to establish himself/herself in the community. By supporting the first solo-exhibits of the past winners, the Foundation provides a venue for the winners to be known in society, thus paving the way for the artist to establish his/her career. The Foundation extends its support through the Art Grants Program. This undertaking has generated goodwill for the Foundation among the artists and the art institutions, being the only corporate foundation that supports its past winners. Past winners of MADE include the three honorable mentions and the finalists of the competition.

Other Partnerships


Group Chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty expressed his full support to the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) by providing assistance to its programs, Operation: Barrio Schools and Special Assistance Fund for Education (SAFE) program.

The Operation: Barrio School Project aims to construct 2-classroom buildings in schools in different barangays nationwide. The Special Assistance Fund for Education program aims to provide educational access to a greater number of students as this will extend financial assistance of PhP 10,000.00 to 850 indigent Filipino-Chinese students enrolled in Chinese schools in the Philippines.