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Government prepared to increase matching grants for three self-help groups

Published on Apr 27, 2014 2:13 PM
Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong and Speaker of Parliament and Adviser to Jurong GRC grassroots organisation Mdm Halimah Yacob meeting residents during their Sunday morning walkabout at Bukit Batok East. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

Three self-help groups who have submitted proposals to step up community efforts might enjoy increased funding from the Government.

Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong told reporters at the sidelines of a community dialogue at Bukit Batok East that the Chinese Development Assistance Council (CDAC), the Singapore Indian Development Association (Sinda) and the Eurasian Association (EA) are looking at ways to raise more funds for their respective communities - including increasing their CPF check off rates, which are amounts individuals contribute towards self-help goups on a monthly basis.

These contributions differ for each group: monthly contributions towards the CDAC currently go up to $1, while those contributing to the Mosque Building and Mendaki Fund can donate up to $16 depending on their salary.

"If these communities are doing more on their part, the Government then, in response, will be committed to providing more in terms of matching grants," said Mr Wong.

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