Lively Places Fund and Challenge
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!
Who can apply?Arrow down icon
The Fund is open to all Singapore Citizens and permanent residents
Interested person(s) can sign up either as an individual or a team
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
What projects can be supported?Arrow down icon
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.
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.
Arts with the community in the Hougang neighbourhood
Playing of a life-sized “Good Neighbours” Snakes & Ladders game with residents
Setting up of support groups in the Punggol community
Wall mural painted by Siglap residents
Growing a community through gardening in the Yuhua estate
Co-creation of community mural with Adora Green’s residents
Conversion of void deck into community cafes, workshop area or living room
Conversion of void deck into community cafes, workshop area or living room
Conversion of void deck into community cafes, workshop area or living room
How can I qualify for the funding?Arrow down icon
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?Arrow down icon
- Teams are not allowed to spend more than:
- 20% of the approved funds on prizes, cash vouchers and/or meals;
- 25% of the approved funds on manpower cost. (For Project Fund only)
- The funding cannot be used for the following:
- Any overseas project
- Hiring/ outsourcing the activities fully or partially to events companies
- Event t-shirts
- 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.
Check out what others have done.Arrow down iconTerrarnium ArtThe amphitheater at SkyTerrace@ Dawson was transformed into an outdoor classroom, where residents picked up terrarium-making skills from fellow neighbours.Project: Terrarium ArtThe 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: 160Number of Volunteers: 6Number of Volunteering Hours: 28What 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 organiserOrganised by residents of SkyTerrace @ Dawson:Isaac Chan, Lynn Teng, Jessica Loh, Amanda Fong, Kathleen Chia, and Esther LimKnowing You, Knowing me, Fruits TogetherNeighbours of Yishun Greenwalk bonded over a fruits party held at their precinct pavilion!Project: Knowing You, Knowing Me, Fruits TogetherResidents 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: 70Number of Volunteers: 6Number of Volunteering Hours: 42What the Community Said:“I like the event because it was fun, interactive, and promotes harmony!”- Keann Chan, resident of Yishun Greenwalk & event participantOrganised by:Koo Chuen Hui Christine, Lim Swee Fang Michelle, Yap Ming, Herlina Ng, Chuah Siow Woey Carmen, and William LeongFun @ PunggolPunggol Town Square was enlivened when residents of all ages participated in life-sized board games!Project: Fun@PunggolResidents added cheer to Punggol Town Square as they participated in life-sized board games, which also promoted neighbourliness.Number of Participants: 100Number of Volunteers: 23Number of Volunteering Hours: 92What the Community Said:“It was a fruitful and enjoyable experience. We enjoyed engaging and interacting with the residents.”- Sebastian Wang, Fun @ Punggol organising team memberOrganised 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, CharleneLink up the BingoStudents introduced a special game of Bingo that shared tips on neighbourliness with residents!Project: Link up the BingoThe 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: 50Number of Volunteers: 11Number of Volunteering Hours: 143What 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 memberOrganised by Tampines Junior College Students:Jocelyn Goh, Bryan Khoo, Tay Poh Yang, Koh Zi Wei, Hoo Yu Qing, Cassandra ChaiBlooming in HarmonyThe void deck at Block 816 Tampines Avenue 4 became a learning space where residents of Tampines Polyview bonded over craft activities!Project: Blooming in HarmonyResidents 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: 70Number of Volunteers: 17Number of Volunteering Hours: 12What 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 organizerOrganised 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 HanapiCraft in the CommunityNew friendships were forged when neighbours came together for a handicraft-making session at the precinct pavilion of Block 207A Pasir Ris Street 21.Project: Craft in the CommunityNew 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: 70Number of Volunteers: 2Number of Volunteering Hours: 6What 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 participantOrganised by:Selena Goh, Lee Sing WinTracing Ama Keng in Jurong SpringJurong residents had the opportunity to learn more about the villagers of Ama Keng during a photography exhibition held at Jurong Spring Community Club.Project: Tracing Ama Keng in Jurong SpringA 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: 350Number of Volunteers: 5Number of Volunteering Hours: 189What 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 organiserOrganised by:Zhang Guangyu, Ang Zuo Jin, Lee Ren Wei, Sam Lum, Toh Wan RuPlaystreetSG TampinesTampines Central Park was transformed into a giant sporting playground for children of all ages to enjoy.Project: PlaystreetSG TampinesPlaystreetSG 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: 80Number of Volunteers: 16Number of Volunteering Hours: 80What 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 residentOrganised by:Sonia OngMagic of KindnessResidents picked up tips on kindness while watching a captivating magic show held at the precinct pavilion at Ghim Moh Market.Project: Magic of KindnessDr 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: 180Number of Volunteers: 6Number of Volunteering Hours: 222What the Community Said:“I got to know new neighbours and I enjoyed the magic performances!”- Anjali Mathur, Ghim Moh resident & event participantOrganised by:Sin Yong, Lorraine Ho Wai Mun, Au Yong Keok, Sin Sia Bah, Bridget Ho, Jonathan SeowWelcome To Our Backyard (WOBY!) Co-Creation Workshop: The Upcycled Play YardResidents brought colours to an empty grass patch between Blocks 96 and 97 at Aljunied Crescent with swings and mini-gardens.Project: Welcome To Our BackYard (WOBY!) Co-Creation Workshop: The Upcycled Play YardThrough 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: 196Number of Volunteers: 21Number of Volunteering Hours: 456What 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
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.
This year, we are seeking proposals that encourage community bonding and/or enhance the vibrancy of HDB neighbourhoods in the following towns:
b) Bukit Panjang
c) Choa Chu Kang
g) Toa Payoh
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!Arrow down icon
Learn more about how the projects will be evaluated.Arrow down icon
Projects that are fully implemented by 31 Mar 2020 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!Arrow down icon
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 2020.
How to Participate
Read on to find out how you can join the Lively Places Challenge 2020.Arrow down icon
Step 1: Form a team of 5 – 10 people who are interested in strengthening your neighbourhood community.
Step 2: Brainstorm ideas (e.g. for community facilities or programmes) and identify potential project sites within the eight specified towns to implement your ideas.
Step 3: Register for the Lively Places Challenge 2020 by 25 October 2019.
For further enquiries, please email Ms Melissa Sim at firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about past challenges.Arrow down icon