Common Flagship Programmes
The five Community Development Councils (CDCs) come together to run common flagship programmes to support the Government’s efforts in promoting a caring, inclusive, resilient and future-ready Singapore; and engender and spread goodwill among the people.
Below are examples of such collaborations:
CDC Vouchers Scheme 2023
Every Singaporean household will receive a total of $300 CDC Vouchers on 3 January 2023. This is part of the enhanced support under the Assurance Package to help cushion the impact of additional Goods & Services Tax (GST) for Singaporean households and the $1.5 billion Support Package announced in October 2022. Singaporean households can use the vouchers to purchase goods and services from participating hawkers and heartland merchants as well as participating supermarkets.
On 3 January 2023, every Singaporean household can claim $300 in CDC Vouchers. The value of the vouchers will be allocated equally (i.e., $150 each) to be spent at participating heartland merchants and hawkers, or at participating supermarkets. Singaporean Households have until 31 December 2023 to claim and spend their CDC Vouchers 2023.
Learn how you can claim your CDC Vouchers 2023.
Kong Meng San – CDC COVID-19 Relief Fund
The five Community Development Councils (CDCs) and Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery (KMSPKS) were pleased to announce the enhanced Kong Meng San-CDC COVID-19 Relief Fund.
The Fund will be open for registration till 31 March 2023 to help more Singaporeans, including those who are self-employed, cope with rising costs of living and inflationary pressures. Each successful applicant will receive $800 per household.
The Fund is open to Singaporeans aged 21 years old and above who have experienced: a) A total loss of income due to non-voluntary no-pay leave, retrenchment or termination for at least two months at the point of application; or b) Income loss of at least 30% from all jobs prior to application.*
*Loss of income must have taken place after 23 Jan 2020 when COVID-19 first occurred in Singapore. Applicant must have monthly gross income of $3,000 or less.
Each successful applicant (and his/ her household) will receive a one-time relief of $800.
For more information, visit the CDC website.
Law Awareness Weeks@CDC (LAW@CDC)
LAW@CDC was started to educate residents through legal talks conducted across the five districts on basic legal knowledge. These talks are held at Community Centres/Clubs (CCs) and Residents’ Committee (RC) Centres. The talks are tailored for those who are not legally trained by breaking down legal jargons so that they are easy to understand.
On 28 September 2020, Minister Edwin Tong announced the renewal of two Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) – one MOU between the Community Development Councils (CDCs) and Law Society Pro Bono Services (LSPBS) on Community Legal Pro Bono Services Network (Community Legal Clinics); and one MOU between CDCs, LSPBS, three Institutes of Higher Learning (National University of Singapore, Singapore Management University and Singapore University of Social Sciences) and one new partner Singapore Counsel Association (SCCA) on Law Awareness Weeks @ CDC.
Maybank Family Fund@CDC
Launched in November 2018, the $1.55 million Maybank Family Fund@CDC aims to uplift low income and vulnerable families through three broad areas of financial empowerment, livelihood and employability.
The fund includes a five-year insurance coverage scheme by Maybank to provide medical and mobility expenses reimbursement for up to 1,000 needy families.
National Integration Council (NIC) - CDC Corporate Social Integration (CSI) Fund
Jointly developed by the National Integration Council (NIC) and the Community Development Councils (CDCs), the Corporate Social Integration (CSI) Fund encourages companies to do their part for the community by getting their employees to contribute in the most meaningful way. For example, Corporate organisations may organise befriending sessions with vulnerable seniors, bring the underprivileged children out for fun-filled experiences, or even bring festive cheers to our marginalised families, and at the same time, enable employees to build bonds and teamwork and use their skills and expertise for a greater good.
SkillsFuture Advice and SkillsFuture@CDC
On 25 September 2020, Minister Lawrence Wong witnessed the virtual SkillsFuture Advice (SFA) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Community Development Councils (CDCs), SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) and Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) to affirm their commitment to support Singaporeans in skills upgrading and career planning.
SFA is a community outreach initiative that was launched in 2017. It helps residents to navigate through the SkillsFuture landscape and help them better understand their own strengths, and help them to be more aware of the types of skills needed in today’s employment, as well as the types of skills required for future work.
SME Centres and the five CDCs have collaborated to establish a wider network of SME Centres across Singapore to provide Heartland SMEs with greater convenience and access to business resources and advice. These SME Centres provide local business with integrated services including business and productivity diagnosis, guidance on government assistance schemes and capability workshop.
WeCare Arts Fund@CDC
The WeCare Arts Fund is a grant scheme in partnership between the Community Development Councils (CDCs) and the National Arts Council (NAC). The fund aims to support Social Service Agencies (SSAs) by engaging their beneficiaries through the arts. The CDCs and the NAC renewed their partnership on 4 September 2017 by setting aside $1 million for the WeCare Arts Fund over the next two year for programmes that make arts inclusive and promote self-confidence amongst the disadvantaged and underserved communities. The fund supports project costs that involve artists working directly with SSAs and their beneficiaries through the Performing, Visual, Literary and Multi-Disciplinary arts.
Please click here to find out more about WeCare Arts Fund.