37 additional projects get cash grants to showcase and celebrate Singapore

SINGAPORE - The National Library Board's (NLB) Singapore Memory Project has awarded cash grants to 37 new projects that best showcase Singapore and preserve local stories, ahead of the Republic's Golden Jubilee next year.

These projects, which include coffee table books and a documentary, will get grants of up to $50,000, or 90 per cent of their estimated cost, under the irememberSG fund's second and final round of cash disbursement.

Launched in March last year by the NLB, the fund is for projects that help foster community ties and a sense of belonging to Singapore.

The NLB said on Monday that it received 105 applications this time round, with more entries centred on the diverse cultural communities in Singapore. There were also more works presented in the vernacular languages and dialects.

The library board's director Gene Tan said: "Many of them have untold stories to share about our culture's history. The works support the preservation of memories for the next generation.

Some of the projects include a book chronicling the history of the Indian performing arts community, the coolies who contributed to Singapore's nation building and the Pulau Brani residents who resettled into mainland Singapore.

A total of 40 projects were awarded funding in the last round and are in the midst of completion and will be showcased as part of Singapore's golden jubilee celebration before August next year, said NLB.

The new projects that have been awarded funding in the second cycle will also be completed before Aug 1, 2015.