Lively Places Fund and Challenge


 

Lively Places Fund

The Lively Places Fund encourages residents and stakeholders to initiate community-driven place-making projects that will help develop stronger place identity  in their neighbourhood. Find out more about the fund below!

For further enquiries, please email Mr Ian Pay at ian_ch_pay@hdb.gov.sg

 

Eligibility Criteria

Who can apply?

  • The Fund is open to all Singapore Citizens and permanent residents
  • Interested person(s) can sign up either as an individual or a team, with at least one applicant above 17 years old
  • Existing projects which are receiving other forms of funding from other agencies are not eligible for the Fund. For new projects, co-funding can be considered if the project meets the objectives of all agencies

  • Applicants whom have been awarded the fund previously would have to complete the project before they can apply for the Fund again
  • The Fund does not support projects that duplicate any existing programmes
  • The Fund does not support projects or studies undertaken prior to the funding approval
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Fund Categories

What projects can be supported?

Projects that activate public spaces and streets to bring residents and stakeholders together, foster stronger bonds and promote a stronger sense of community.

Category Award Sum Description
Project fund Up to $5,000

This is for smaller, short-term action plans or activities to bond neighbours in HDB neighbourhoods.  

Some examples include block parties, anti littering campaign and community recycling day.

Building Fund

Up to $5,000

This is for projects that will involve a physical transformation of existing public spaces, with an implementation period of 6 months or less.

Some examples include community arts projects and short term pop-up installations to activate spaces.

Up to $20,000

This is for projects that will involve a physical transformation of existing public spaces, with an implementation period of more than 6 months.

Some examples include the conversion of void decks into community living room and community cafes as well as longer term pop-up installations to activate spaces.

Street Closure Up to $5,000

This is for short term projects that transform streets into active public spaces for the community.

The support provided will only be for road closure essentials consisting of safety barriers, signage and security personnel.

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Fund Criteria

How can I qualify for the funding?

All proposals will be reviewed based on the following criteria: 

Criteria Description
Fund objective
  • The proposal brings communities together through activating and creating delightful public spaces
  • The proposal has clear objectives and demonstrates concrete steps to achieve its objectives
  • Commercial events are not supported
Level of neighbourhood involvement
  • The proposal must emphasise self-help, with project ideas initiated, planned, implemented and maintained by community members and stakeholders.
  • The applicant(s) must engage the community / stakeholders that will be impacted by their proposal.
  • The proposal is accessible by all members of the public.
Level of community match
  • The applicants must be able to generate enough community match of at least 30% of the amount of fund applied for
  • The match can be in the form of volunteering hours, professional servies, equipment or other materials or supplies such as food, tools, or furniture
  • For ease of implementation, we will value volunteering time at $25 per hour and professional services relevant to the project (e.g. software and app designers, project manager, etc) at $80 per hour
  • All donated materials and supplies (food, tools, etc) can be valued at their retail prices. Borrowed equipment can also be considered as part of the match, valued at a standard rental fee
  • The match cannot be funds sourced from other agencies
  • A detailed project budget and documentation of the community match, including fund raising plan, if applicable, shall be submitted at the stage of application
  • A log sheet documenting all the contributions made by the community will also have to be submitted at the end of the project
Outcomes
  • The team shall indicate the specific outcomes, both tangible and/or intangible results, that they are targeting to achieve; and how they will measure the project success
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Fund

What are the eligible expenses?

  • Teams are not allowed to spend more than:
  1. 20% of the approved funds on prizes, cash vouchers and/or meals;
  2. 25% of the approved funds on manpower cost. (For Project Fund only)
  • The funding cannot be used for the following: 
  1. Any overseas project
  2. Hiring/ outsourcing the activities fully or partially to events companies 
  3. Event t-shirts
  4. Out-of-city travel expenses, or any lodging/hotel expenses, private transportation expenses including mileage, car rentals, etc
  • Disbursement is on a reimbursement basis and must be accompanied by corresponding receipts for supported items not later than 2 months after the completion of the project.
  • At completion, claims would only be processed after the submission of the log sheet documenting the level of community match which includes but is not limited to entries such as number of volunteer hours, contribution of equipment or other materials or supplies such as food, tools or furniture, including fund raising plan, if applicable.
  • For Street Closure projects, the above does not apply as support is only limited to the provision of road closure essentials.
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Completed Projects

Check out what others have done.

Woodworking Fun @ Clementi Woodworking Fun @ Clementi Woodworking Fun @ Clementi
Multi-Purpose Court @ Segar Gardens Multi-Purpose Court @ Segar Gardens Multi-Purpose Court @ Segar Gardens
#ShareMoreWasteLess by Sharetings #ShareMoreWasteLess by Sharetings #ShareMoreWasteLess by Sharetings
Kaki Bukit Eco Ville Garden Kaki Bukit Eco Ville Garden Kaki Bukit Eco Ville Garden
Relax and Entertainment Corner Relax and Entertainment Corner Relax and Entertainment Corner
Hydroglen Hydroglen Hydroglen
Gamechangers Gamechangers Gamechangers
One Community Sports One Community Sports One Community Sports
Let's go and build together Let's go and build together Let's go and build together
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Lively Places Challenge 2020

The Lively Places Challenge (previously named “HDB Build-a-thon”)  aims to empower the community in creating friendly and lively neighbourhoods. As a participant, you will be guided by a Learn, Engage and Co-create process to develop ideas for your preferred project sites.

HDB Lively Places Challenge 2020

This year, we are seeking proposals that encourage community bonding and/or enhance the vibrancy of HDB neighbourhoods in the following towns:
a) Bishan
b) Bukit Panjang
c) Choa Chu Kang
d) Punggol
e) Sengkang
f) Tampines
g) Toa Payoh
h) Yishun

Participants will get to refine their proposals with relevant stakeholders and implement their ideas using the Lively Places Fund!

Key Milestones of Lively Places Challenge 2020

Check out the journey as a participant!

HDB Lively Places Challenge 2020

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Judging Criteria

Learn more about how the projects will be evaluated.

Projects that are fully implemented by 31 Mar 2021 will qualify to be evaluated for the winning prizes.

Qualifying projects will be assessed based on the following criteria:

a) Demonstration of efforts to engage residents and stakeholders, and incorporate their feedback into the project (30%);
b) Quality and quantity of contributions from the team in terms of volunteering hours and resources (30%);
c) Benefits to the community and the potential for them to be sustained over time (30%); and
d) Appeal and clarity of the materials presented for judging (10%)

Projects will be judged in either of the following two categories

(i) Category A - Projects that involve physical improvement works; and
(ii) Category B - Projects that are event-based.

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Prizes

Find out the attractive prizes to be won!

The top three winning teams from Category A will receive $2,500 per team. Three other teams from Group A will also stand to win a Merit Prize of $1,500 per team.
The top three winning teams from Category B will receive $2,000 per team. Three other teams from Group B will also stand to win a Merit Prize of $1,000 per team.

There are also five People’s Choice Awards, valued at $500 each.  Teams will be evaluated based on their social media engagement for this award.

All other participating teams will be awarded $200 per team and a certificate of achievement.  Additionally, all projects will be showcased at the HDB Community Week.

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How to Participate

Read on to find out how you can join the Lively Places Challenge 2020.

Registration for the Lively Places Challenge 2020 is now closed.

For further enquiries, please email Ms Melissa Sim at melissa_hy_sim@hdb.gov.sg

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Past Challenges

Find out more about past challenges.

Read up about the community project on 2019 run.

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