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Community Engagement Fund


1. The Community Engagement Fund (CEF) is created to support NUS students in initiating and implementing:

  • Community engagement projects that address social or community needs locally or overseas;

  • Events and programmes that will strengthen the culture of volunteerism and community engagement in NUS. Besides nurturing the i-NUS qualities (Inquisitiveness; Initiative; Inner Resilience; Imagination; Inclusiveness and Integrity) in our students through the process, CEF also hopes to develop our students into individuals with a strong sense of social responsibility and integration to the communities in Singapore and globally.

2. Students are strongly encourage to utilise CEF to launch a new project. For an existing project to be funded, applicants must be able to demonstrate improvement(s) in the form of methodology/implementation plan, or lessons learned and/or evidence of sustained impact.

3. 'Community engagement' is defined as the process of working collaboratively with identified group(s) of people to address issues that impact their well-being.


CEF will not provide full funding for projects, events, or programmes. CEF provides funding of up to 70% of qualifying project expenditure (total project expenditure) capped at $6,000 (excluding additional funding for fulfilling the integration criteria). Students can claim for completed projects as long as it is within the financial year of approval. The funding quantum may differ depending on whether the project is a) new or on-going, or b) conducted locally or overseas.

A) Who can apply?

  • Full-time NUS students

  • Applicant/Project leader should complete the project before graduating from the University


B) How are proposals evaluated?

The proposals are evaluated based on the following criteria:


Research effort to understand the needs, aspirations and strengths of the target community (community partners and/or community receiving the service)


Number of NUS students (to volunteer or be involved in the organising committee) engaged to serve the community


Indirect (eg. Awareness, social media campaign) or direct engagement (eg. collaborative, interactive workshop)


Meaningful learnings (for members of the project) including applications of existing skills, knowledge and strengths and/or acquiring of new skills and knowledge


Innovativeness in ideas and solutions to achieve intended outcomes


Demonstrates application of plans/actions to achieve sustainability beyond project duration


Recognises diversity and resolve to work within individual differences and strengths in target community and/or members of the project;



C) What kinds of initiatives will not be considered for funding?


Initiatives that aimed at, or will result in, financial or material gain for the organising committee


Initiatives that lack a clear community angle, or where the community angle is tangential to the project


Conferences and fund-raising events


Repeated projects (previously funded by CEF) which are unable to demonstrate evidences of project improvement (methodology/implementation plan, or lessons learned) or sustained impact

D) What kinds of expenditure will not be supported?

The following kinds of expenditure will not be supported, even if the project as a whole is approved:

General operating expenses or start-up costs of student clubs, societies, and interest groups

Purchase and maintenance of equipment and other fixed assets

Cash prizes or outright donations to beneficiaries

Goodie bags and door gifts

Overseas travel expenses (e.g. flight tickets)


Vendor Fees


E) Bonus funding for mixing of local and international students within project organising committee:

To encourage integration and a more inclusive community mind-set between our local and international students, project teams who are able to achieve a mixing ratio of international/local students or local/international students (project organising committee only) will receive additional funding as below:

Mixing Ratio(based on Nationality)

Additional % Funding based on
Final Approved CEF Amount

10% - 90%


20% - 80%


>20% - 80%



Project ABC has a total of 10 members in its project organising committee. 9 members are local students while a tenth member is an international student. Their project was approved for a total of $5,000 of CEF funding. On top of that, they achieve the 10%-90% integration ratio for their project organising committee so they will be awarded another $500 (10% of $5,000) hence they will receive a total funding of $5,500 from CEF for their project.

F) Co-Funding

Projects that are applying/applied/received OSA funding from either the Diversity & Inclusion Grant (D&I Grant), Maybank eMpowering Youths Funding or the University Support for Pursuit of Arts, Culture & Sports (U-SPARKS) will NOT qualify for CEF funding. 


1) Book a Pitch Session
Refer to Section (I) Pitching Details below for detailed instructions


2) Attend Pitch Session
You will be notified on the application outcome right after your presentation


3) (If approved) Submission of Project Proposal

After submission, you will receive instructions on how to claim the first disbursement of funds


6) Submission of Project Completion Form

 After submission, you will receive instructions on how to claim the final disbursement of funds**


Project Execution Period

Keep your project mentor updated on the status and progress of your project


4) Confirmation of Approved Funding Amount 

Successful applications will receive confirmation email by the end of every month 

    * Timeline above may be subjected to change
    ** Note that projects applying in Feb/March may obtain disbursement only in May.
    (I) Pitching Details
1. Book a Pitch Session

  1. Refer to Project Pitch Schedule for upcoming Pitch Session Dates.
  2. To register for a Pitch Session, look out for instructions on News Post on NUSync which will be published one month before each pitch session.
  3. Successful registrations will receive a confirmation email 1 week before the actual date of pitch.
2. Preparing for Pitch

  1. Prepare your pitch with the following slides template: CE Slide Template.
  2. Prepare your team profile with the following excel template: Team Profile Template.
  3. Submit your project pitch slides + team profile on NUSync at least 3 days before pitch sessionLink to Pitch Slide + Team Profile Form
3. Attend Pitch Session

  • Zoom link will be sent 3 days before pitch session. 
  • Projects will be required to give a 10-15 minutes presentation to the CEF panel, comprising of OSA staff and invited social sector partners. Please prepare your set of slides based on the CEF Slide Template. Following that, there will be another 10-15 minutes of Q&A with the CEF Panel.
  • You will know if your project is approved on the spot. If approved, you will receive an email after the session with instructions to submit your final project proposal.
Opt-in for Mentorship

  1. If your team would like to seek mentorship for your project, check out our list of experienced CEF Mentors whom you can approach for further professional guidance: CEF Mentors Booklet.

In the event you are unable to access the documents, refer to the documents list here.
(Log into NUSync > Open “CEF Template Attachments” Folder > Download relevant material)

    (II) Funding Terms and Conditions
A. Acceptance of Funding

  • CEF recipients, i.e. project leaders, are required to sign the Grant Agreement Form before
    proceeding with the project.
  • The Office of Student Affairs (OSA) should be acknowledged on all publicity materials
    and platforms from date of award of the grant.
  • The project should be completed as planned. Should there be any changes, OSA should
    be informed at the earliest possible date.

B. First Disbursement

  • Project teams are allowed to claim up to 50% of the approved amount upfront. This can
    be done via submission of original receipts with proper documentation and/or Request
    For Payment (RFP) forms with supporting original receipt(s).

C. Project Completion Report

  • Within four weeks after the stated project end date in the proposals, project leaders are required to complete and submit the project completion report via NUSync. The report includes an article, which may be used for publicity and reporting purposes by the University.

D. Final Disbursement

  • The remaining 50% of the approved amount will be disbursed on a reimbursement
    basis, if necessary. The final disbursement will be based on verification that the
    submitted documents are in good order, and may be lower than or equal to the
    approved in-principle amount. Any surpluses are to be returned to the University.
  • Project teams will receive the remaining funds within 6 weeks of upon confirmation that
    submitted receipts (for each particular reimbursement) are in order.

E. Withdrawal of Funding

  • OSA reserves the right to adjust, withdraw, or recover the grant, in full or part thereof,
    awarded if:
    • The project is not completed as planed or is abandoned
    • The project completion report, including the necessary supporting documents, is not completed and submitted within four weeks after project end date
    • The grant is not required in its entirety
    • The terms and conditions of the grant agreement are not met, or contravened
    • There are other extenuating circumstances that warrant a review of the approval


CEF Mentor Booklet 2021
CEF Mentors Booklet

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