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PM Lee launches $5m fund for Singaporeans to capture country's heritage

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong flicks a marble past obstacles and towards a hole on a Jurassic Park-themed game during Singapore Heritage Fest's 10th anniversary celebrations at the the National Museum of Singapore on Sunday, July 21, 2013. A ne
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong flicks a marble past obstacles and towards a hole on a Jurassic Park-themed game during Singapore Heritage Fest's 10th anniversary celebrations at the the National Museum of Singapore on Sunday, July 21, 2013. A new $5-million grant to encourage Singaporeans to be active in creating their cultural heritage was launched by the Prime Minister on Sunday. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong takes part in a game of ping-pong chapteh with students from CHIJ St Nicholas Girls School during Singapore Heritage Fest's 10th anniversary celebrations at the the National Museum of Singapore on Sunday, July 21,
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong takes part in a game of ping-pong chapteh with students from CHIJ St Nicholas Girls School during Singapore Heritage Fest's 10th anniversary celebrations at the the National Museum of Singapore on Sunday, July 21, 2013. A new $5-million grant to encourage Singaporeans to be active in creating their cultural heritage was launched by the Prime Minister on Sunday. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong takes a polaroid picture of a family during Singapore Heritage Fest's 10th anniversary celebrations at the National Museum of Singapore on Sunday, July 21, 2013. A new $5-million grant to encourage Singaporeans to
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong takes a polaroid picture of a family during Singapore Heritage Fest's 10th anniversary celebrations at the National Museum of Singapore on Sunday, July 21, 2013. A new $5-million grant to encourage Singaporeans to be active in creating their cultural heritage was launched by the Prime Minister on Sunday. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong shakes the hand of Mr Yuen Ngok Onn, 79, after helping to take a polaroid picture of his family during Singapore Heritage Fest's 10th anniversary celebrations at the National Museum of Singapore on Sunday, July 21, 2013
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong shakes the hand of Mr Yuen Ngok Onn, 79, after helping to take a polaroid picture of his family during Singapore Heritage Fest's 10th anniversary celebrations at the National Museum of Singapore on Sunday, July 21, 2013. A new $5-million grant to encourage Singaporeans to be active in creating their cultural heritage was launched by the Prime Minister on Sunday. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

A new $5 million grant to encourage Singaporeans to be active in creating their cultural heritage was launched by the Prime Minister on Sunday.

Those with good ideas on how to capture and celebrate Singapore's shared heritage through exhibitions, publications, documentaries or mobile apps can apply for grants ranging from $1,000 to $30,000.

An open call for proposals will be made from August 1.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he hoped Singaporeans would take full advantage of the grant and lend their voices to the telling of the Singapore story.

Speaking at the launch of the Singapore Heritage Fest, which celebrates it's 10th anniversary this year, he said heritage is essential to peoples and nations.

It anchors our sense of place and identity, it enables a nation to adapt to change and progress; it is the yin to the yang of material progress, Mr Lee said.