MCCY to promote volunteerism, philanthropy in citizens, corporations

The ministry seeks to nurture caring citizenry with shared values, ideals.

09 Mar 2017

Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu announced in Parliament today (9 March) measures to nurture a caring citizenry, grounded in Singapore’s shared values and ideals.

Growing SG Cares: The Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY), together with the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) and other partners, will grow SG Cares, a national movement to harness Singaporeans’ goodwill and help those in need.

According to Minister Grace Fu, SG Cares will organise relevant public agencies’ efforts, activate networks of volunteers to collaborate, and encourage corporates and non-profits to join in partnership to grow opportunities for volunteerism.

SG Cares will build organisations’ capability to better engage volunteers, equip volunteers with necessary skills and training, and strengthen volunteer management capacity in Singapore’s social service organisations.

Youth Corps Service Week: An inaugural Youth Corps Service Week will be launched by the Youth Corps Singapore to enable youths to contribute to social and community causes.

Top-up and Review of Cultural Matching Fund: To encourage more philanthropy to the cultural sector, and provide Singaporeans another avenue to support passionate causes, the Minister of Finance had previously announced a top-up of $150 million to the Cultural Matching Fund (CMF). MCCY will take the opportunity to review the CMF, as part of a regular review of how the arts and culture sector is supported.