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


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

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.






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
  • 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


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.

Completed Projects

Check out what others have done.



Project: Terrarium Art
Terrarium Art
Terrarium Art
Project: Terrarium Art
The amphitheater at SkyTerrace @ Dawson was transformed into an outdoor classroom where neighbours taught one another how to assemble a terrarium, and introduced the concepts of photosynthesis and ecosystems.
Number of Participants: 160
Number of Volunteers: 6
Number of Volunteering Hours: 28
What the Community Said: 
“I felt that the terrarium-making project I had in mind could benefit residents of all ages and backgrounds. This was made possible by the fund, and my neighbours enjoyed the workshop.
- Kathleen Chia, SkyTerrace resident & project organiser
Organised by residents of SkyTerrace @ Dawson:
Isaac Chan, Lynn Teng, Jessica Loh, Amanda Fong, Kathleen Chia, and Esther Lim
Project: Knowing You, Knowing Me, Fruits Together
 Knowing You, Knowing Me, Friuts Together
Knowing You, Knowing Me, Friuts Together
Project: Knowing You, Knowing Me, Fruits Together
Residents of Yishun Greenwalk organised a get-together event at their precinct pavilion. Residents of all ages mingled as they feasted on fruits, participated in fruits-themed ice-breaking games, and had a neighbourhood potluck.
Number of Participants: 70
Number of Volunteers: 6
Number of Volunteering Hours: 42
What the Community Said:
“I like the event because it was fun, interactive, and promotes harmony!”
- Keann Chan, resident of Yishun Greenwalk & event participant
Organised by:
Koo Chuen Hui Christine, Lim Swee Fang Michelle, Yap Ming, Herlina Ng, Chuah Siow Woey Carmen, and William Leong
Project: Fun@Punggol
 FUN @ Punggol
FUN @ Punggol
Project: Fun@Punggol
Residents added cheer to Punggol Town Square as they participated in life-sized board games, which also promoted neighbourliness.
Number of Participants: 100
Number of Volunteers: 23
Number of Volunteering Hours: 92
What the Community Said:
“It was a fruitful and enjoyable experience. We enjoyed engaging and interacting with the residents.”
- Sebastian Wang, Fun @ Punggol organising team member
Organised by Catholic Junior College Students:
Ashley Teo, Benjamin Koh, Claire, Dorothy Teo, Emmanuel, Esther, Evangeline Sim, Hazel, Isabel, Kang Zhi, Li Ying, Lin, Madeeha, Nicholas, Richard, Tian Le, Wanling, Wei Jun, Wen Qi, Sonainah, Sui Ling, Sebastian, Charlene
Project: Link up the Bingo
Project: Link up the Bingo
The team introduced a special Bingo game which promoted responsible heartland living in the community! Residents learnt tips on responsible living ways, so that everyone can live harmoniously together in the neighbourhood.
Number of Participants: 50
Number of Volunteers: 11
Number of Volunteering Hours: 143
What the Community Said:
“The programme has fulfilled our objective of promoting a responsible heartland living as residents are better informed of various responsible heartland living behaviours.”
- Jocelyn Goh, Link up the BINGO’ organising team member
Organised by Tampines Junior College Students:
Jocelyn Goh, Bryan Khoo, Tay Poh Yang, Koh Zi Wei, Hoo Yu Qing, Cassandra Chai
Project: Blooming in Harmony
Project: Blooming in Harmony
Residents of Tampines Polyview bonded over craft activities, such as flower arrangement, DIY composting, and bookmark-making, at the void deck of Block 816 Tampines Avenue 4. Through these activities, which were facilitated by students from Chongzheng Primary School, residents also learnt the importance of recycling and neighbourliness.
Number of Participants: 70
Number of Volunteers: 17
Number of Volunteering Hours: 12
What the Community Said:
“Seeing the look of joy and satisfaction on the faces of the residents as they made the flower bouquet for their loved ones made us feel that all the effort was worth it!”
- Bryan Luo, teacher of Chong Zheng Primary School and project organizer
Organised by:
Bryan Luo, Rumaishah Binte Abdul Halid , Ava Lim Shi Xuan, Eunice Lim Yu Xin, Ow Hui Xuan Joelle, Aiman Shah Bin Anwar, Lam Hiu Thong, Hoy Chern Yee, Chloe Lim Qiao Yi, Sadanaa Sri J Chandiran, Shum Joe Lok, Koh Yun Xiang, Ang Xun Fu Daniel, Shen Yu Jye Stefan, Firas Bin Muhammad Fadly, Aufa Basirah Binte Hanapi
Project: Craft in the Community
Project: Craft in the Community
New friendships were forged at a precinct pavilion of Block 207A Pasir Ris St 21, where neighbours came together and bonded over a handicraft-making session.
Madam Selena, one of the residents involved in this event, has been a community champion with HDB since 2015 and organised workshops under the HDB Good Neighbours Project. She continues to share her strong passion in handicrafts by organising craft workshops for other residents.
Number of Participants: 70
Number of Volunteers: 2
Number of Volunteering Hours: 6
What the Community Said:
 “Thank you for a sweaty but engaging morning. I had a good time bonding with everyone!”
- Siew Gim, Pasir Ris resident and event participant
Organised by:
Selena Goh, Lee Sing Win
Project: Tracing Ama Keng in Jurong Spring
Project: Tracing Ama Keng in Jurong Spring
A full-day photography exhibition, which featured photos and stories of the Ama Keng villagers and a documentary screening on Ama Keng called ‘Diminishing Memories I’, was organised at Jurong Spring Community Club. The project shared the history of Ama Keng with the younger residents, rekindled residents’ memories and reconnected old neighbours!
Number of Participants: 350
Number of Volunteers: 5
Number of Volunteering Hours: 189
What the Community Said:
“I am really thankful for the HDB Friendly Faces Lively Places Fund that helped make this Ama Keng exhibition a dream come true!”
- Zhang Guangyu, Jurong Spring resident and project organiser
Organised by:
Zhang Guangyu, Ang Zuo Jin, Lee Ren Wei, Sam Lum, Toh Wan Ru
Project: PlaystreetSG Tampines
Project: PlaystreetSG Tampines
PlaystreetSG Tampines converted the park next to the iconic Tampines Central Clock Tower into a giant sporting playground for all to enjoy. The project brought communities together as children played games, such as skipping ropes, soccer, and Congkak, in a safe and fun space!
Number of Participants: 80
Number of Volunteers: 16
Number of Volunteering Hours: 80
What the Community Said:
“This event makes the neighbourhood vibrant and lively. I think more of these activities should be organised as they encourage both the young and old to have fun and be active together.”
- Mr Chua Seng Chan, Tampines resident
Organised by:
Sonia Ong
Project: Magic of Kindness
Project: Magic of Kindness
Dr Sin Yong and his team brought cheer to the Ghim Moh community with their magic show. The show brought families of different backgrounds together, and encouraged residents to look out for one another to build a gracious community.
Number of Participants: 180
Number of Volunteers: 6
Number of Volunteering Hours: 222
What the Community Said:
“I got to know new neighbours and I enjoyed the magic performances!”
- Anjali Mathur, Ghim Moh resident & event participant
Organised by:
Sin Yong, Lorraine Ho Wai Mun, Au Yong Keok, Sin Sia Bah, Bridget Ho, Jonathan Seow
Project: Welcome To Our BackYard (WOBY!)
Co-Creation Workshop: The Upcycled Play Yard
Project: Welcome To Our BackYard (WOBY!) Co-Creation Workshop: The Upcycled Play Yard
Through conversations with the community, the team identified an empty grass patch between Blocks 96 and 97 at Aljunied Crescent as a potential space that could be revitalised to bring residents together.

Play elements, including swings and gardens co-created with residents, transformed the space into an attractive Play Yard for residents of all ages.

Number of Participants: 196
Number of Volunteers: 21
Number of Volunteering Hours: 456
What the Community Said:
“At first it was dull around here and I stayed at home most of the time. Now, I can bring my granddaughter here.”
- Aljunied Crescent Resident & event participant




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


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.



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.


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


Past Challenges

Find out more about past challenges.

Read up about the community project on 2019 run.