Gonna be worth it…
SINGAPORE: The Government will be injecting fresh monies into the SG50 Celebration Fund, almost doubling the initial S$5 million allocated to support ground-up projects, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong said on Wednesday (May 13).
In an exclusive interview with Channel NewsAsia, Mr Wong said as of March, 260 initiatives led by Singaporeans were supported through the SG50 Celebration Fund. However, more applications have been approved since, and the SG50 Celebration Fund is now supporting 330 projects, so an additional S$4 million will be added to the fund, the minister said. He leads the SG50 Programme Office, which coordinates the work of five different committees to plan the country’s Jubilee Year celebrations.
The 330 projects range from those that would appeal to and engage various segments of the community, and many projects are community-based events that celebrate our identity and culture through areas such as arts, music, food, and sports.
Other projects are aimed at helping the less privileged or to recognise our pioneers’ contributions to nation building. There are also projects that look towards the future of Singapore, the SG50 Programme Office said in a separate press release on Wednesday.
Applications have to go through an evaluation process, and each successful application would receive up to 90 per cent of the project expenditure, capped at S$50,000 per project, according to the fund’s website.