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

  • Projects to develop our students into individuals with a strong sense of social responsibility and promote integration within communities in Singapore and globally.

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


CEF provides funding of up to 80% of the total deficit cost capped at $5,000 . Students can claim for completed projects as long as it is within the financial year of approval.

A) Applicant Eligibility 

  • Full-time NUS undergraduate students

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


B) Evaluation Criteria

The proposals are evaluated based on the following criteria:


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


First time application or repeated application


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

4. Collaborative effort of team to engage all team members and community partner(s) in the designing stage


Social integration (eg. having a mix of international and local students in the group)


Diversity (eg. having a mix of students from different faculties/interest groups etc.)

7.  Research effort (eg. including primary and secondary research)
8.  Value-adding to community partner organisation and their initiatives
9.  Application and learning of skills and knowledge


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

C) Projects not considered for funding



Projects that aim at, or will result in, financial or material gain for the organising committee


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


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


Projects that successfully received OSA funding from other OSA funding sources such as Teach Singapore, Diversity & Inclusion Grant (D&I) and University Support for Pursuit of Arts, Culture and Sports (U-Sparks).

D) Expenditures not supported

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

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


Direct cash prizes or outright donations to beneficiaries


Overseas travel expenditure (including but not limited to airfare, flight/train tickets, accommodation costs)


Goodie bags, door gifts and volunteers' t-shirts


Vendor fees and honorarium e.g. workshop training fees


Audit, legal, utilities, fines and penalties fees, insurance premiums for equipment e.g. third-party liability insurance; 


Purchase and maintenance of fixed assets/equipment 


Tobacco and alcohol products


Any private and personal consumption items


Items, goods or services where approved team members have a direct stake or interest in (This is to avoid conflict of interest)


Items that are not directly relevant to the proposed project or for which alternatives or substitutes are available within the University

Purchase and maintenance of fixed assets


Application period opens all year round.

Projects that submit their claims in February/March may obtain reimbursement only in May due to the closing of financial year.

1. Project Pitch & Approval

Pitch project to Panel (Refer to point 3.1 for detailed instructions)


2. Approval & Implementation

Submit proposal via NUSync after obtaining approval in Pitch session

Implement project after receiving email approval


3. Post Project

Submit Project Completion Report and reimbursement documents

(Your project team/you may be invited to present/showcase your project) 

   (3.1) 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)


For enquiries, contact Charmaine at +65 6516 4304 or email or


CEF Mentor Booklet 2021
CEF Mentors Booklet

Find a mentor to guide you in the preparation of the project proposal and to further develop and enhance elements of your project! 
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CEF Project
Assessment Rubric

Check out the CEF Rubrics to
know what we are looking for! 

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CE Website

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