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Forging Forward Together

Key Initiatives

 
 
 

Reaching new heights in football

Unleash the Roar!, a national project for football will be launched to grow football excellence, create more opportunities for youths to develop their talents, and bring Singaporeans together to cheer on the Lions.

The project will focus on eight pillars, including nurturing interest among youths, raising capabilities, adopting technology and enhancing infrastructure.

 
 
 

Partnering the community to care for one another

As part of the SG Cares movement, two Singapore Together Alliances for Action have been set up: Emerging Needs and Volunteerism, and Corporate Purpose.

These alliances will forge partnerships among members of the public, private and public sectors so that collective action can be taken to strengthen Singapore’s culture of care and meet the emerging needs of the population.

Our Initiatives

 
 
Resilience and Engagement

Forging partnerships among people, private and public sectors to grow a culture of care

The Singapore Together Alliance for Action (AfA) on Emerging Needs and Volunteerism has been set up, and will focus on increasing support for mental wellness in the community, provide space and opportunities for seniors to learn innovatively, and facilitate the matching of donations-in-kind.

Image credit: Loving Heart Multi-Service Centre, a key partner of the mental wellness track under this AfA

 
Resilience and Engagement

Enabling businesses to contribute with purpose

Under the Singapore Together Alliance for Action on Corporate Purpose, the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre is inviting businesses to co-design and co-develop a national framework and blueprint for corporate purpose – an approach that places purpose (e.g. social, environmental) as the driving force of a firm besides profit-maximisation.

Resilience and Engagement

Coordinating volunteers and resources to meet community needs

There will be SG Cares Volunteer Centres (VC) in all 24 towns by March 2022 to enhance town-based volunteerism. The VCs will coordinate volunteers and resources to meet community needs, forge partnerships with local stakeholders, and strengthen their capabilities and processes for better volunteer management.

Resilience and Engagement

Partnering businesses to foster a more caring society

The Business and IPC Partnership Scheme will be extended by two years from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2023. It will provide support to Institutions of a Public Character (IPC) by encouraging corporate volunteerism and promoting closer partnerships between IPCs and businesses.

Youth

Supporting youth to step forward and contribute to society

More volunteering opportunities will be provided through Youth Corps Singapore (YCS) and SG Cares initiatives.

In 2021, the Youth Corps Leaders Programme and Programme X target to offer 1,400 opportunities. In addition, YCS will offer about 4,000 online and physical opportunities.

Charities

Supporting the digitalisation of our non-profit organisations

MCCY is working together with the Tote Board and the National Council of Social Service to develop the first-ever technology hub for non-profit organisations to accelerate their digital transformation. This technology hub will serve as a one-stop portal for key Info-Communication Technology services.

Arts & Heritage

Encouraging collaborations among arts and culture freelancers

A new Self-Employed Person (SEP) Grant with a grant quantum of up to $50,000 per project will be introduced to support arts and culture freelancers who wish to collaborate on projects with one another, or with other organisations.

Image credit: Joseph Nair

Arts & Heritage

Supporting business transformation efforts

A new Business Transformation Fund will be introduced to help arts and culture organisations become more efficient and sustainable.

It comprises a new Business Transformation Grant (up to $30,000 for a company-specific project and up to $200,000 for a multi-organisational project), as well as commissions and partnerships to pilot solutions.

Arts & Heritage

Defraying operating costs for key arts and culture organisations

A second tranche of the ACRP Operating Grant will be introduced to help key arts and culture organisations defray their operating costs. Qualifying organisations will receive $35,000 each, in July 2021 (tentative).

Arts & Heritage

Extending venue hire subsidies

The venue hire subsidy of 80% will be extended for another 3 months from April 2021 to June 2021. MCCY will also expand the list of eligible venues.

Image credit: The Arts House

Arts & Heritage

Encouraging giving to arts and culture sector

MCCY will be conducting a review of the Cultural Matching Fund (CMF) with the Ministry of Finance towards an additional top-up of the fund in 2022. The review will build on the fund’s past successes in uplifting the arts and culture sector and encouraging philanthropy, and improve its efficacy by ensuring that it is implemented in tandem with other funding and support measures.

 
Sports

Encouraging collaborations in the sports sector

A new Self-Employed Person (SEP) Project Grant will provide additional support to sport and fitness SEPs, to support collaborations among SEPs and/or with businesses to develop projects that enhance the health and wellness of Singaporeans. The grant is capped at $25,000 per application.

 
Sports

Spurring innovation in the sports sector

For businesses, the $3 million Enterprise Innovation and Capability Development Grant will be topped up by another $22.5 million, and extended over five years (FY2021-2025). Grant application details will be available on SportSG’s website in April 2021.

 
Sports

Supporting sports businesses and coaches

MCCY will extend the Operating Grant at a quantum of up to 15% of total operating expenses, capped at $10,000 per month, from April 2021 to December 2021 to continue to provide short-term financial support to critical sport businesses.

MCCY will also extend the Training Allowance Grant and the Structured Mentorship Programme by another year to March 2022.

Sports

Building a corporate culture that supports health and well-being

This year, SportSG will launch the Active Health Corporate Playbook, which will include a Health Coach Management Framework, to help organisations embrace sport and leverage health and wellness as their competitive advantage. SportSG will also collaborate with organisations to help them become "Well-Workplaces".

Sports

More opportunities for children and youth to play sports

As part of the Nurture Kids Programme, all pre-schools in Singapore will have access to the Nurture Kids Train-the-Trainer initiative by 2022. In addition, more activities and events for families will be rolled out this year under SportSG’s Active Parents programme.

Arts & Heritage

Ensuring relevance and accessibility of our cultural institutions

The Changi Chapel and Museum, and Reflections at Bukit Chandu will reopen in mid-2021 and the second half of 2021 respectively.

The Malay Heritage Centre will be closed for redevelopment in early 2022.

The Singapore Philatelic Museum will reopen as Singapore’s first dedicated children’s museum in 2022.

Peranakan Museum will reopen in Q1 2023 with refreshed offerings.

Community

Strengthening resilience and fostering cohesion

The Inter-Racial and Religious Confidence Circles (IRCC) supported vulnerable groups that were affected by COVID-19. The IRCC also disseminated advisory guidelines to religious organisations.

The Mission:Unite Hackathon in November 2020 gathered over 200 participants to pitch innovative ideas on cohesion.

The Harmony Fund supported 13 community-led dialogues and other initiatives that promote racial and religious harmony.

Arts & Heritage

Priming our arts and culture organisations for the future

MCCY, the National Arts Council and the National Heritage Board will develop an Arts and Culture Digital Roadmap in consultation with stakeholders. This roadmap will provide a framework for the adoption of digital solutions to improve operational productivity, and enhancing the experiences of audiences and museum visitors to leave a deeper impact on them.

Arts & Heritage

Celebrating our cultural icons

A new dedicated Cultural Medallion (CM) Gallery will be launching in Q4 2021 at The Arts House. The Gallery will showcase the artistic practices and works of our CM recipients.

A national digital repository of the CM recipients’ works will also be made available to the public.

Arts & Heritage

Engaging Singaporeans to protect intangible cultural heritage for future generations

A series of focus group sessions with stakeholders from diverse backgrounds will be conducted in 2021 to identify potential Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) elements to be nominated for UNESCO’s Representative List of ICH of Humanity.

Singaporeans will be invited to share their feedback on the shortlist. More details on the engagements will be available at a later date.

Arts & Heritage

Celebrating milestones in Singapore’s preservation journey

An exhibition that showcases Singapore’s preservation journey of all 73 National Monuments will run at the National Museum of Singapore from June 2021 to September 2021.

National Monuments, including the former Istana Kampong Gelam, the main building of the Istana, the National Museum of Singapore, and the former Empress Place Building, will be undergoing restoration.

Arts & Heritage

25 years of promoting a museum-going culture among Singaporeans

There will be a year-long celebration of the Museum Roundtable’s 25th anniversary this year, anchored by two key programmes.

A series of museum tours will be conducted during weekends from May 2021 to June 2021 to explore lesser-known museums in Singapore.

A family-friendly travelling exhibition will be held at various Museum Roundtable museums and public spaces in November 2021.

Arts & Heritage

Leaving our mark in Singapore’s history

A public call for artefacts and stories relating to Singapore’s founding values and key milestones in the history of our independence will be put out in Q3 2021. These will be contributed to the galleries and gardens in the Founders’ Memorial.

The National Museum of Singapore will be extending its call for contributions of objects and stories for Collecting Contemporary Singapore until June 2021.

Sports

Rallying the whole of society to grow football excellence and support our Lions

Implementation of the national football project Unleash the Roar! will focus on eight pillars: (i) Let Them Play – increasing interest among our young and rolling out a National Football Curriculum; (ii) Let Them Soar – enhancing coaching support in schools; (iii) Scholarships; (iv) National Service; (v) Enhanced Technical Capacity and Capability; (vi) Science and Technology; (vii) Infrastructure; and (viii) Whole-of-Society Partnership.

Sports

Fostering a safe environment for all to enjoy sports

The Safe Sport Commission has introduced the Safe Sport Programme to address abuse and harassment in sports through three key actions – Prevent, Address and Assure. The programme includes a Unified Code against misconduct in the sporting environment, enhanced case management, and an Accreditation Framework.

Sports

Helping our athletes perform their best amid the pandemic

Computer Vision Systems with improved video technology will be introduced, enhancing the suite of technology tools used by Team Singapore athletes.

In addition to campaign support, MCCY and SportSG will facilitate outbound travel for athletes participating in overseas competitions, and schedule participating athletes, coaches and officials for COVID-19 vaccinations.

Sports

Growing the sports sector in the next five years

SportSG will engage industry stakeholders on the Industry Development Plan (FY21-25) to sharpen its approach in growing a more economically vibrant and sustainable sports sector in Singapore.

Two areas of focus will be the enhancement of digital capabilities and innovation, and the improvement of workforce capabilities.

Youth

Helping youths thrive amid the pandemic, and beyond

As of February 2021, 510 traineeship positions have been provided under the Force For Good Scheme.

As of mid-February 2021, over 400 opportunities have been offered under the YouthTech programme.

The Youth Corps Internship Scheme will offer 400 placements.

The Asia-Ready Exposure Programme aims to reach 10,000 youths per year on a regular basis after 2022.

Youth

Safeguarding mental wellbeing of youths

MCCY and National Youth Council will promote the healthy use of online platforms and safeguard the mental wellbeing of youths through partnerships with stakeholders such as tech companies.

Youths will be able to navigate youth-centric content, resources, and opportunities in areas such as jobs, skills, and mental wellbeing through Youthopia.

Youth

Empowering youths to shape the future of Singapore

375 youths shared their views across 6 sessions of the Emerging Stronger Conversations from July 2020 to September 2020.

Over 440 youths participated in the Youth Action Challenge. Season 3 is scheduled for the second half of 2021.

Over 350 youths voiced their views at the dialogue on criminal justice and sentencing framework, and 3 dialogues on women-related issues.

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