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Key Initiatives

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Enhancing access to sports

To encourage our seniors to be active, Singaporeans aged 65 and above will get free access to ActiveSG gyms and pools from April 2020. The Team Nila Silver Champions scheme will also allow seniors to volunteer at ActiveSG Sport Centres.

Under the Children and Youth Sport Framework, SportSG will continue to partner MOE and schools to provide more opportunities for our children and youth to access sports. More preschoolers will benefit from a programme to develop their fundamental movement skills. Students will have the opportunity to be exposed to different sports, or pursue Athletics and Ethnic Dance even if they are not offered in their schools as CCAs.

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Increasing opportunities for youth

Students in ITEs, polytechnics and universities will have more opportunities to visit ASEAN, China and India under the new Asia-Ready Exposure Programme. NYC will work with schools to co-curate programmes that will best meet their learning objectives. There will be funding for overseas accommodation, meals and airfare.

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Greater access to arts & culture

As part of Museum-Based Learning, all Primary 6 and Secondary 2 students will visit the Asian Civilisations Museum and National Museum of Singapore respectively, to understand our history and heritage better.

The new WeCare Arts Experiences will enable the less privileged to attend quality ticketed arts shows for free.

Our Initiatives

Arts & Heritage

Increasing access to arts and culture

Arts and culture are integral to life. They make our lives vibrant and they should be accessible for all.

The new WeCare Arts Experiences will enable the less privileged to attend ticketed arts presentations for free.

Charities

Helping donors make more informed giving decisions

Come 2021, information about a charity will be better presented on the Charity Portal to assist donors in making informed decisions when giving. This initiative will increase transparency, strengthen public trust in charities, and facilitate safer giving.

Charities

Building charities’ digital capabilities

To help charities be ready for the digital future, the Commissioner of Charities (COC) will publish a Digitalisation Toolkit by the first half of 2020. This will guide charities as they kickstart their digitalisation journey.

COC will also work with its shared service partners to introduce sector-specific solutions for smaller charities by the second half of 2020, to enhance productivity and protection against cyber security threats.

Resilience & Engagement

Serving community needs and building partners’ capabilities

Eight more SG Cares Volunteer Centres (VC) will be appointed by the end of this year. Together with six other VCs that were appointed as of 2019, these VCs will serve the needs of their respective towns.

The VCs will also help to strengthen the SG Cares Community Networks by engaging with key partners and facilitating tighter coordination to address the volunteering needs in each town.

Resilience & Engagement

Growing senior volunteerism in Singapore

RSVP Singapore will support our seniors in giving back to society by matching them to suitable volunteering opportunities. It aims to reach out to 30,000 seniors this year.

MCCY will continue to work with partners such as People’s Association, Agency for Integrated Care and schools, to grow more volunteering opportunities for seniors in their neighbourhoods.

Resilience & Engagement Youth

Empowering our youth to give back

Youth Corps Singapore (YCS) will continue to champion youth volunteerism. Through Programme X, it will equip youth to create impactful community service projects, while Ask YCS will offer advice on ground-up projects.

SG Cares Volunteer Centres (VCs) will also work with YCS to grow youth volunteer networks in neighbourhoods. A pilot will run at SG Cares VC in Woodlands, in partnership with Care Corner Singapore and Republic Polytechnic.

Resilience & Engagement Sports

Increasing opportunities for all to participate in sport

SportCares programmes help vulnerable segments of society have more opportunities and access to sporting programmes.

It will reach out to 4,500 children and youth this year through Communities of Care’s (COC) efforts, where $600,000 in COC grants will be disbursed to 18 projects and 31 SportCares bursary recipients.

Since 2013, SportCares has reached out to more than 36,000 individuals.

Resilience & Engagement

Extending outreach and support to encourage companies to do good

The Business and IPC Partnership Scheme (BIPS) also encourages businesses to use their skills and abilities to meet community needs by partnering with Institutions of a Public Character. It is now easier to apply for BIPS and its run is extended to 31 Dec 2021.

Resilience & Engagement

Sustaining and growing the giving culture

To sustain and grow the giving culture, the Community Foundation of Singapore will introduce a national initiative to encourage legacy giving later this year. Legacy giving refers to a planned, future gift that designates a portion of a person’s assets as a donation to charity. The initiative aims to make planned charitable giving a social norm.

Arts & Heritage

Taking ownership of our shared heritage

The National Heritage Board will partner shop owners in heritage precincts to co-create “mini-museums” that showcase the history of their respective businesses. The initiative will be rolled out in five precincts by 2022, allowing the community to take ownership of their heritage, and develop capabilities in heritage documentation, promotion and conservation.

Arts & Heritage

Safeguarding and promoting intangible cultural heritage

The National Heritage Board will continue to partner Singaporeans to promote and safeguard our intangible cultural heritage through means such as recognition schemes and funding support.

Singaporeans can also look forward to the results of our bid to inscribe Hawker Culture in Singapore on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in December 2020.

Sports

Inspiring active living for our seniors

From April 2020, Singaporeans aged 65 and above will have free access to ActiveSG swimming pools and gyms. This is to encourage our seniors to stay active and engaged through sports.

Sports

Giving back as sports volunteers

From April 2020, the Team Nila Silver Champions scheme will enable seniors aged 60 and above to stay active through sport volunteerism. Volunteers will promote sport and exercises at ActiveSG Sport Centres.

Team Nila Silver Champions and Team Nila Youths will also be trained as Sport Centres’ ambassadors to engage their community and raise awareness of the Centres’ programmes.

Sports

Opening facilities and access to meet needs

The Punggol Regional Sport Centre will hold its groundbreaking in 2020 and be completed by 2023. There will also be new Sport-in-Precinct facilities at Sengkang South and Pasir Ris East.

The Kallang Football Hub will be ready by 2020, and development of the Kallang Tennis Centre will start later in 2020. SportSG is studying the feasibility of a velodrome in Kallang.

Five ActiveSG facilities will be refreshed by 2022. All suitable indoor sports hall and fenced fields in public primary and secondary schools will be open for public use by 2021.

Sports

Increasing opportunities for all to participate in sport

There are currently eight ActiveSG gyms that are inclusive and senior-friendly. By 2026, all ActiveSG gyms in Singapore will be inclusive and senior-friendly to cater to people of all abilities and ages.

SportSG will also continue to work closely with the public, and private sectors to increase access and participation in sports by persons with disabilities.

Arts & Heritage

Providing opportunities for more students to learn about arts and heritage

To complement students’ learning in schools, the National Heritage Board will expand Museum-based Learning. All Primary 6 and Secondary 2 students will visit the Asian Civilisations Museum and National Museum of Singapore respectively to better experience our heritage and history.

Arts & Heritage

Increasing access to arts content for research and education

The National Arts Council and National Library Board will collaborate on a national online repository of Singapore arts. They will partner the arts community to digitise content, including works by local arts icons and groups. The repository will build capabilities in research and documentation in the arts community, and capture knowledge for future generations of Singaporeans.

Arts & Heritage

Expanding audience engagement digitally

A digital Cultural Concierge will aggregate events and provide users with personalised recommendations. It will also integrate services such as a chatbot. It will be rolled out in phases from 2021 - 2022, with the first phase live by March 2021. It follows a study by the National Arts Council and Esplanade to better understand consumers’ needs and behaviours.

Arts & Heritage

Helping smaller arts organisations be sustainable

Together with the private sector, the National Arts Council (NAC) will offer funding support to encourage smaller arts organisations to develop robust governance structures, demonstrate effective stewardship of funds, and put on meaningful programmes. The stART Fund aims to support about 100 arts groups.

Arts & Heritage

Deepening engagement with the performing arts

The Esplanade will collaborate with other cultural institutions to expand the content in Offstage, a multimedia web platform for performing arts content. It will also explore ways to reach out to new audiences by cross-sharing content and live-streaming performances.

Arts & Heritage

Enlivening everyday spaces through the arts

Together with the community, MCCY and the National Arts Council (NAC) will enhance the Busking Scheme. Busking@*SCAPE is a new platform for young performers to showcase their talents without having to audition. NAC will also introduce busking zones and a digital scheduling tool for busking to meet the needs of buskers, audiences, venue owners and place-makers.

Arts & Heritage

A museum for our children

The Singapore Philatelic Museum (SPM) will re-open in 2021 as a dedicated children’s museum. Through immersive, multisensory displays and role-play activities, young visitors will learn about a wide range of topics, including the heritage and culture of Singapore and the region. It will feature SPM’s collection of philatelic materials and items from the National Collection.

Resilience & Engagement

Providing more support for active citizenry and topping-up Our Singapore Fund

MCCY will invest up to $175 million from 2020 - 2025 to encourage active citizenry and develop ground-up partnerships. This includes a $20 million top-up to Our Singapore Fund, which will also be enhanced to make it easier for Singaporeans to find and apply for support and contribute ideas. The remaining amount will be set aside for MCCY and other government agencies to grow partners’ organisational capabilities, so they can deliver impactful initiatives that address societal needs.

Sports

Giving children and youth more access to sports

SportSG will continue to work with the Ministry of Education, schools and partners to increase sports participation for children and youth.

From 2020, more pre-schoolers will benefit from a programme to develop their fundamental movement skills.

Primary and secondary school students will also have the opportunity to be exposed to different sports. They can also pursue Athletics and Ethnic Dance even if they are not offered in their schools as CCAs.

Sports

Supporting aspirations of our youth athletes

The National Youth Sports Institute satellite facility will shift to a bigger space at the former Police Coast Guard Headquarters at 5 Stadium Lane. The facility will be equipped with a multi-disciplinary integrated sport science support, and an all-weather training base for more carded youth athletes.

Sports

Supporting our athletes in realising their aspirations

The new "Temasek Foundation Inspire Fund for Athletes" will provide campaign funding for athletes who represent Singapore in international competitions, and who do not already receive support from the High Performance Sports System.

The Fund will make available $100,000 annually, and will be jointly administered by SportSG and the National Youth Sports Institute. There will be a grant call twice a year for athletes to apply.

Youth

Going on learning trips to the region

ITE, polytechnic and university students will have more opportunities to visit ASEAN, China and India under the new Asia-Ready Exposure Programme (AEP). Each AEP trip can range from four days to four weeks, and youth can learn about different industries and cultures and interact with their counterparts overseas. There will be funding for accommodation, meals and airfare. The National Youth Council will work with the educational institutes on designing the programme.

Youth

Turning ideas into actions

MCCY and National Youth Council have been working with youth since 2019 to co-create spaces along the Somerset Belt to turn it into a vibrant youth precinct. Incorporating youth feedback, the Somerset Belt masterplan will feature an active area for exciting activities and programming, and a quiet area for people to hang out and chill.

Youth

Transforming Somerset Belt into a vibrant youth precinct

MCCY and National Youth Council have been working with youth since 2019 to co-create spaces along the Somerset Belt to turn it into a vibrant youth precinct. Incorporating youth feedback, the Somerset Belt masterplan will feature an active area for exciting activities and programming, and a quiet area for people to hang out and chill.

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