Community Integration Fund


About the Community Integration Fund (CIF)

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. 

Download CIF Brochure (PDF, 1.77 MB)

What does the CIF support?

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

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Provide information and resources on Singapore

E.g. Learning journeys, field trips, seminars, publications, and productions that raise awareness of local history, cultures, as well as social norms.

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Encourage social interaction between locals, immigrants and foreigners

E.g. Activities that offer platforms for people to interact and build relationships around common interests, like sports or arts.

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Encourage emotional attachment to and involvement in Singapore

E.g. Projects that introduce immigrants to volunteerism opportunities and ways to connect with the wider Singaporean society.

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Promote a positive mindset towards integration

E.g. Projects that deepen mutual understanding, like diversity workshops, cultural programmes and media productions.

Who can apply?

Funding applications are open to:

  • Singapore Registered Organisations
  • Companies registered with Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority of Singapore (ACRA),
  • Trade unions registered with the Registry of Trade Unions (RTU)

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

What type of projects can be funded?

The CIF supports a wide variety of projects:

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

These examples are not exhaustive. We encourage applicants to come up with new ideas and consider innovative ways to promote integration. As a guide, we support projects where integration of locals and foreigners is a major objective. Projects such as annual dinner and dances or corporate family days where integration outcomes are marginal, are less likely to receive funding or supported only at a low level.

Read more about featured CIF projects

Funding Amount

The amount of funding granted depends on how well each project is assessed to meet the CIF’s objectives. The CIF can provide co-funding of up to 80% of the total qualifying costs or the net qualifying costs of approved projects, whichever is lower. The maximum funding for a project is up to S$200,000.

Non-qualifying projects and costs

The CIF will not support the following types of projects and costs:

Types of projects Types of costs
  • Profit-making
  • Capital development (e.g. construction of a building, acquisition of equipment)
  • Overseas trips
  • Fund-raising
  • Projects that are already funded more than 80% by the Government or the Singapore Totalisator Board
 
  • Overseas expenditure such as:
    • Engagement of overseas performers or professionals (including flight and accommodation)
    • Purchase of goods and services in other countries
  • Honorariums
  • Cash Prizes
  • Donations
  • Purchase of tobacco and alcohol
  • Accommodation

A more comprehensive but non-exhaustive list of non-qualifying costs is available here (PDF, 131 KB). The support of projects and acceptance of claims are subject to CIF terms & conditions, funding guidelines and the CIF Panel’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:
  • Two 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)
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:
a) Approved quantum of actual qualifying costs; or 
b) 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. 
 

1. When can I apply for the CIF?

The CIF is open for applications throughout the year. Applications should be submitted at least six weeks before the project start date.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. When will I receive the funding?

The grant is given on a reimbursement basis. Funds will be disbursed within a month upon the satisfactory submission of all required documents for reimbursement and clarifications. 

5. What documents do I need to submit to seek reimbursement from CIF for the supported project?

The required documents are:
a. Statement of project accounts
b. Certified True or original supporting receipts/invoices for income and expenditures
c. CIF-format project evaluation report
d. CIF-format feedback forms completed by at least two local-born participants and two new immigrants
e. At least 5 event photographs
f. Any other documentation as requested by the NIC

6. Can I seek other sources of funding?

As the CIF is a co-funding scheme, applicants can seek other sources of income, including other forms of sponsorship, 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.
 

CIF applications should be submitted at least six weeks before the start of the proposed project, and 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. 

Please download the CIF application form below and submit the completed form via email at nic_secretariat@pmo.gov.sgApplications that are submitted less than six weeks before the project start date will strictly not be considered.    

Download Application Form (PDF, 375.08 KB)

You will be notified of the outcome by email within a month of satisfactory submission of the relevant project details. Successful applicants will be required to sign and return a Letter of Undertaking, and will be given instructions on the reimbursement process.

If you have any questions on the CIF, please contact the NIC Secretariat at nic_secretariat@pmo.gov.sg