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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 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.

A) Applicant Eligibility 

  • Full-time NUS 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:


Research effort to understand the needs, aspirations and strengths of the community partner(s) and/or target 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) 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:


Honorariums and T-shirts for organising committee and volunteers


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


Direct cash donations or gifts to beneficiaries and/or community partners (eg. solidarity cash payouts, cash vouchers, equipment, goodie bags and door gifts etc.)


Audit, legal, utilities, fines and penalty fees


Insurance premium for equipment eg. third party liability insurance


Purchase and maintenance of fixed assets


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


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


Fees incurred from outsourcing main project scope to service provider

E) Integration Bonus 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.


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) Book and Attend a Pitch Session
Refer to (3.1) Pitching Details below for detailed instructions

You will be notified on the application outcome right after the presentation


2) (If Approved) Submit Project Proposal
Successful applications will receive confirmation by the end of the month.


3) Submission of Project Completion Report

After completion of project and submission, you will receive instructions to submit your receipts for the reimbursement of funds*

   (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
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