First call for grants for $135m land and liveability fund

The Government will be making its first grant call for the Land and Liveability National Challenge by the end of this year, said Senior Minister of State for National Development and Trade Lee Yi Shyan.

The $135 million fund, announced last year, will support innovative ideas and solutions for a "highly liveable, economically vibrant and resilient city of the future". For example, the Government will consider funding for a project that focuses on underground goods transportation, which would relieve surface road congestion. It also hopes that there will be projects focused on natural ventilation an noise reduction.

The Ministry of Development is also awarding $12 million in grants for projects including "smart" windows that reduce heat and glare. The Ministry has also earmarked another $25 million for new programmes, Mr Lee added.

"Creating a future-ready city challenges us to stretch our planning and design parameters to accommodate both known and unknowns," said Mr Lee. "We may not always anticipate right but we can make enough provisions and room for growth, for taking in innovations and solutions we have yet known," he added.

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