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Community Integration Fund

The Community Integration Fund (CIF) was launched by the National Integration Council (NIC) in September 2009 to support organisations in implementing ground-up integration initiatives.

Community Integration Fund

What does the CIF support?

Projects should satisfy at least one of the following objectives to be considered for CIF funding:

  • Provide information and resources on Singapore, e.g. by raising awareness of local history, cultures, as well as social norms.
  • Encourage emotional attachment to and involvement in Singapore, e.g.  by introducing immigrants to volunteerism opportunities and ways to connect with the wider Singaporean society.
  • Encourage social interaction between locals, immigrants and foreigners, e.g. by offering platforms for people to interact and build relationships around common interests.
  • Promote a positive mindset towards integration, e.g. by deepening mutual understanding.

Who can apply?

Funding applications are open to Singapore-registered organisations, including companies and trade unions.

Individuals should apply for the CIF through a registered organisation, company or trade union.

What type of projects can be funded?

Did you know that the CIF supports a wide variety of projects? Here are some examples:

  • Festivals and celebrations
  • Interest-based activities (sports, volunteerism, arts & culture)
  • Learning journeys
  • Forums, workshops or conferences
  • Videos and publications

We are always open to new ideas and welcome you to consider innovative ways to promote integration! We support projects where integration of locals and foreigners is a major objective.

Funding conditions

The funding amount granted will vary as it depends on how well each project meets the CIF’s objectives. The CIF can provide co-funding of up to 80% of the total qualifying costs (i.e. costs that are eligible for CIF support), or the net qualifying costs (i.e. eligible costs less income or net deficit) of approved projects, whichever lower. The maximum funding for a project is up to S$100,000. However, projects where integration is a secondary objective are less likely to receive strong funding support.

Here are some examples of types of projects and costs which the CIF will not support:

Types of projects

Types of costs

  • Projects with content held as objectionable
    by the general public, or that may adversely
    affect social cohesion in Singapore
  • Projects that advocate for a religion or
    political party
  • Projects that directly profit the Applicant
  • Start-up, operating, and capital costs such as:
    Manpower
    Purchase of assets
  • Honorariums
  • Cash Prizes

View a more comprehensive but non-exhaustive list of non-qualifying costs.

The support of projects and acceptance of claims are subject to CIF terms & conditions, and MCCY's approval.

Reimbursement process

The grant is given on a reimbursement basis. If you are successful in your application, please submit all required documents for reimbursement within:

  • Three months of the end of the project for projects receiving support of below $100,000; or
  • Six months of the end of the project for projects receiving support of $100,000 or above (auditor’s report is required)

Required documents for reimbursement are:

  1. Statement of project accounts
  2. Certified true or original supporting receipts/invoices for income and expenditures
  3. CIF-format project evaluation report
  4. CIF-format feedback forms completed by at least two local-born participants and two new immigrants
  5. At least 5 event photographs
  6. Any other documentation as requested by the NIC

Reimbursement will be computed based on actual income and qualifying expenditure. The final amount you will receive will be lower of the following, capped at the maximum approved funding:

  1. Approved quantum of actual qualifying costs; or
  2. Actual qualifying costs less the total income (i.e. net deficit for the project).

Funds will be disbursed within a month after the satisfactory submission of all required documents for reimbursement and clarifications.

Apply

Applications can be submitted through OurSG Grants portal, together with the project Budget Form and supporting documents.

Please submit your applications at least eight weeks before the start of the proposed project, as late submissions will not be accepted. For new or large-scale projects, you are encouraged to make an earlier submission to allow for sufficient time for discussion with the Secretariat.

For companies applying for the CIF Workplace Integration Resource (WIRe), please refer to this page.

Contact the NIC Secretariat at nic_secretariat@mccy.gov.sg for enquiries.

FAQs

  1. When can I apply for the CIF?
    The CIF is open for applications throughout the year. Applications should be submitted at least eight weeks before the project's start date.
  2. How will I know if my application has been received?
    You will see a confirmation page after you submit your application, where you can also download a copy of the completed form for your reference. You will also receive an acknowledgement email confirming that your application has been successfully submitted. Please note the application number assigned to your project.
  3. Can I apply for more than one project at a time? Is there a limit to the number of applications submitted in a year?
    There is no limit to the number of applications you may submit. However, the total sum awarded to any one particular organisation at a time will be taken in consideration in the application assessment.
  4. Is there a minimum number or ratio of locals and foreigners each project should target to reach?
    Projects that reach out to an inclusive mix of participants from diverse backgrounds will be favourably considered. Nonetheless, participant profile is only one consideration, and projects are assessed holistically on a range of criteria, from alignment with the CIF objectives to programme design.
  5. Can I seek other sources of funding?
    As the CIF is a co-funding scheme, applicants can seek other sources of income, including sponsorships, donations, ticket sales, or registration fees. Applicants will need to declare all income when seeking reimbursement from the CIF. Please note that any non-declaration of income can cause the funding to be withheld or withdrawn.
Last updated on 14 June 2021