Overseas Singaporean Funding Programme
The Overseas Singaporean Funding Programme (OSFP), previously administered by the Overseas Singaporean Unit, is a seed-funding programme, which aims to support ground-up initiatives that promote a sense of community and connection to Singapore.
Do you have ideas on how to grow Singapore’s global network of family and friends?
Whether you are an individual, organisation or a business entity, we would like to hear from you!
We want to design suitable grants to enable you to connect with your overseas communities of Singaporeans and friends of Singapore, and to strengthen these networks. Help us better understand your interest and needs at go.gov.sg/fundingideas!
Terms and Conditions
Overseas Singaporean organisations (such as student associations and professional clubs) or informal Singaporeans groups
abroad, who wish to organise ground-up initiatives for Overseas Singaporean communities, are welcome to apply.
The ground-up initiatives, events or activities must meet the following criteria:
a. Celebrate Singapore’s culture and heritage;
b. Keep Singaporeans abroad abreast with developments in Singapore; and
c. Strengthen a sense of community amongst the Singaporeans abroad through meaningful projects and activities.
The ground-up initiatives must target a mainly Singaporean audience with a minimum group size of 50 Singaporeans.
Application for OSFP has to be submitted at least 3 weeks before the event date. Ground-up initiatives that have already taken place or generate profits will not be eligible for funding.
Ground-up initiatives that meet more than one qualifying criteria may be funded up to 80% of the proposed event cost,
while those that meet only one qualifying criterion may be funded up to 40% of the proposed event cost.
Applicants must exercise fiscal prudence, avoid extravagant options and ensure that the proposed event costs are critical
to the success of the ground-up initiatives. Total government funding (including funding via OSFP) cannot exceed 80% of
the final expenditure.
Applications are open throughout the year and must be submitted to the SGN at least 3 weeks before the event. Please access the application form here and follow the steps below if you wish to apply.
- Note: Successful applicants will be informed of the allocated amount, which is based on the number of criteria met,
indicative number of Singaporean attendees and budget forecasts. The final reimbursement amount may be reduced based on
the final expenditure, income, sponsorship received and no. of Singaporean attendees.
Disbursement of Funds
Disbursement of funds will take place after successful applicants have fulfilled the following requirements:
Post at least 3 photographs of the event on the Overseas Singaporean Facebook page together with a brief description of
the event, and consent to the photos for SGN’s use for publicity purposes. Click here for a guide on posting photographs
on the Overseas Singaporean Facebook page.
Complete and submit the Post Event Report here with the following supporting documents within 2 months after the event ends.
a. Receipts of expenditures
b. Attendance list of all Singaporean attendees including full name, email address and profession (student, professional, others)
c. Completed GIRO Form
Disbursement of funds would be done via wire Bank transfer:
a. Incomplete details provided on the GIRO form may result in delays in disbursement of funds.
b. Applicants must also ensure that the bank account submitted is accurate and able to receive disbursement of funds in the currency stated in the funding application. SGN would not be able to disburse the funds again if the account details are inaccurate and reserves the right to disburse the funds in an alternative currency based on the prevailing financial regulations.
c. Currency conversion is based on the exchange rate listed on the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s website on the day of the event.
Non-compliance with the terms and conditions for OSFP, including changes to eventual format of the ground-up initiatives,
expenditures, number of Singaporean attendees or late submission of post-event documents may result in application to be
voided, reduction of the disbursement amount, delay in disbursement of funds or affect future applications under the OSFP.
For enquiries on OSFP, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may download the following forms, templates or guides here to facilitate your application submission via the online system.