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Harmony Fund

Our National Pledge asks that we stand together

"as one united people, regardless of race, language and religion". In the same spirit, the Harmony Fund will support creative projects that promote racial and religious harmony in Singapore. Non-profit organisations can submit proposals to the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY). If your application is successful, you can receive a grant of up to $100,000 to put your idea to work.

For whom?

Non-profit organisations registered in Singapore

For what?

Projects that promote racial and religious harmony

How much?

Up to 80% of qualifying costs, up to a limit of $100,000, on a reimbursement basis

Showcase of Projects

Through the Harmony Fund, many novel and exciting projects and events promoting racial and religious harmony were developed and rolled out. Read more about them:

Rafusical 2016 by Onepeople.sg

rafusical 2016

The name Rafusicul is a combination of “Racial”, “Fusion” and “Culture”. As its namesake implies – the event seeks to promote racial and religious harmony through an innovative music and arts showcase and competition. Drawing a diverse crowd of 40 performers and 700 audience members, the result was a fusion of art, music, dance performances and cultural activities that embodied the richness of Singapore’s diversity and heritage.

Stage games and exhibition panels were also set up on the side to raise awareness on the importance of racial and religious harmony. Through performing, rehearsing and group preparations – participants bonded within their teams and interacted with fellow performers, with ‘friendship’ as one of the judging criteria. Rafusicul 2016 provided an innovative showcase and platform for multi-racial engagement amongst youths.

Youth Unconvention 2016 by Association of Muslim Professionals

youth-unconvention-2016

Youth Unconvention 2016 was a conference to create awareness, deepen understanding, and promote youth activism on issues underpinning the state of social cohesion in Singapore. A key emphasis of the conference was a “no holds barred” discussion on sensitive topics such as national identity, racism, terrorism and socio-economic differences. The event reached out to more than 500 participants from a diverse background.

Apart from facilitated small group discussions and sharings, participants also had the opportunity to link up with social enterprises, non-profit organisations and interest groups through information sessions. Youth Unconvention was notable for engaging participants on issues through fresh and innovative methods. These included a mass privilege walk, a dramatised play that explored self-radicalisation, and a sharing from popular local stand-up comedians about their experiences growing up in multi-racial Singapore.

Sikh Heritage Exhibition, Inter Community Dialogue & Free Community Kitchen 2016 (Naam Ras Kirtan Dabar) by Naam Ras Singapore

This four-day showcase allowed visitors a more in-depth understanding of the Sikh community, its beliefs, and practices. Non-Sikh visitors were given a special tour of the exhibition. Parts of the exhibition drew attention to Sikh beliefs which emphasised multiracial appreciation, respect and tolerance. This was embodied by one of the exhibition’s key highlights – a replica of the famous Sikh Golden Temple – whose history and philosophy symbolised universal inclusiveness, equality and openness to all peoples and religions. A community dialogue session also provided participants the opportunity to engage in open discussion with leaders of the Sikh community. Another highlight of the project was the free community kitchen, which welcomed all participants regardless of their race, religion or social standing to dine together and share a common meal. The free community kitchen was not without significance –originating as a custom of the Golden Temple, and echoing its non-discriminatory hospitality and provision to all people.

How do I apply?

  • Only non-profit organisations registered in Singapore will qualify for the grant. Applicants should be one of the following:
  • A company registered under the Companies Act (Cap. 50);
  • A society registered under the Societies Act (Cap. 311);

The Harmony Fund is also open to all primary schools, secondary schools, junior colleges, ITEs, polytechnics and universities.

  • Projects that satisfy at least one of the following criteria will be considered:
  • Promote understanding about cultures and practices of different communities;
  • Raise awareness of the importance of inter-racial and inter-religious tolerance or understanding;
  • Encourage deep positive interactions between participants, and foster familiarity and friendships among individuals from different communities;
  • Reduce negative stereotypes or challenge misconceptions about other communities.

Note: "communities" refers to the various ethnic, racial or religious groups in Singapore

  • Applications will be assessed on the potential impact and effectiveness of their messaging on racial and religious harmony. The project gains merit when it is innovative, involves youth in a meaningful way, has public education potential, has the potential to be sustainable (i.e. not just a one-off project) or encourages new partnerships between different community organisations.
  • An application must be submitted to MCCY at least one month before the date of commencement of the Project.

The Harmony Fund Secretariat
Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth
140 Hill Street, Old Hill Street Police Station, #01-01A
Singapore 179369

  • You will be notified of the outcome of your application within one month of the submission date. MCCY's decision is final, and we reserve the right not to disclose reasons for approving or rejecting your application.
  • Successful applicants will be required to sign a Form of Agreement with the Government.
  • The funding will be on a reimbursement basis and will cover the net costs of your project. You are required to maintain proper financial records of your project and submit an income and expenditure statement to MCCY within six months of your project's completion.
  • You will also have to submit a project evaluation report within six months of completing your project.

 

FAQ

  • Where can I find the application form

You can download the form here.

  • What costs can I get funding for?
    • Qualifying expenditure for the grant include events management costs, production costs, publicity and marketing costs
    • Non-qualifying expenditure include expenditure on capital, manpower (e.g. staff salaries), cash prizes and honoraria, any expenses incurred overseas, expenses incurred in relation to fundraising, or expenses incurred in relation to any form of religious activity
  • Can individuals apply for the Harmony Fund?

Individuals should apply through a non-profit organisation if they wish to apply for the Harmony Fund. If individuals are unable to apply through anon-profit organisation, they still can approach MCCY with their project proposal. MCCY will assist if it is a good proposal.

  • When will I receive my funding?

The funding will be on a reimbursement basis. We will reimburse the funds to you within one month of receiving your statement of accounts, supporting documents and project evaluation report.

  • Can I submit applications for more than one project?

 Yes. There is no limit to the number of proposals that an organisation can submit.

  • Will my project get double funding if I submit my proposal through two organisations?

 No. If the project is undertaken by more than one organisation, MCCY will only consider one application for funding.

  • What are some examples of projects that can be supported?

 We will consider projects such as:

  • Educational resources which promote understanding about the cultures/practices/common values of different communities
  •  Training courses/materials that promote awareness/appreciation of different communities and the importance of inter-racial and inter-religious understanding
  • Events/activities which provide a conducive environment for positive interactions between individuals from different communities (e.g. inter-racial/interfaith camps)
  • Dialogue sessions/panel discussion on race and religion
  • What kind of projects cannot be supported?

 Non-supportable projects would include:

  • Religious activities such as prayers or ceremonies
  • Fundraising events
  • Projects that propagate a particular faith
  • Non-developmental projects (e.g. one-off networking events)
  • Can I see a sample of the funding agreement?

The relevant documents can be viewed here.

  • Will I have to acknowledge support from the Harmony Fund?

Yes, MCCY and the Harmony Fund should be acknowledged in all publicity materials, but you will have to seek written approval from us before you may proceed to use the MCCY logo.


Last updated on 19 February 2019