ComCare Kindergarten Financial
Assistance Scheme (KiFAS)
programme under ComCare Grow
1 The Kindergarten Financial Assistance Scheme (KiFAS)
is an existing programme that helps low-income parents pay for
their children's kindergarten fees. It helps to ensure that
needy children can access quality kindergarten programmes, which
is important for their early childhood development.
KiFAS currently provides assistance of 75% of the child¡¯s
kindergarten fees, up to a maximum of $600 a year ($50 per
2 MCYS will ensure that no child misses out from
kindergarten education because he or she is from a needy family.
will be revised upwards. From 1 January 2006, the assistance
cap per month from $50 a month will be raised to $65 a month for
each child. Concomitantly, the annual cap would be raised to
$780. This would reduce the cost to families to send their child
for pre-school by an average of $15 (43%). This works out to an
additional saving of $180 a year for each child from a
low-income family that attends kindergarten.
MCYS will also work with grassroots
organisations and voluntary welfare organisations to actively
encourage low income families to send their children to
kindergarten. This may include door-to-door outreach, as well as
the early identification of ¡®at-risk¡¯ families for intervention.
MCYS will also work with MOE to explore other ways to identify
and ensure that children from needy families attend
kindergarten, rather than stay at home.
COMMITTEE COMCARE FUND
1 ComCare will be
setting aside $4 million in 2005 for Citizens¡¯ Consultative
Committees (CCCs) set up CCC ComCare Funds. This money will
help to augment the resources that CCCs have to assist their
needy residents. For every dollar that a CCC has set aside to
help needy Singaporeans, ComCare will match it with four
dollars. As a start, each CCC will get at least $33,000.
2 The CCCs will use
the CCC ComCare Fund to come up with the most appropriate ways
to help their needy residents. These include helping the needy
person to find work, issuing food vouchers to help needy
families through a difficult period, helping with utilities and
school fees payments etc.
Needy residents can approach their
grassroots leaders for assistance. They may also make enquiries
at their Community Centres and Clubs. The resident must be a
Singapore citizen or permanent resident of Singapore (PR). If
the resident is a PR, at least one of the household members must
be a Singapore citizen. The CCCs will assess the individual
circumstances of the resident and determine the assistance to be
$10 million set aside for Pilot Programmes
ComCare will set aside $10
million in FY2005 for new programmes for unattended needs. The
funding would be used as seed money for ¡®bottom up¡¯ pilot
projects proposed by community organisations to help needy
Singaporeans and their families. GROs and VWOs can apply to tap
on this fund to start pilot programmes.
benefiting from ComCare support may enjoy:
Funding on a 50:50 basis.
Funding for programmes which
involve direct transfers to needy families or the cost of
administering a programme targeted at helping needy families.
Funding up to a maximum of 3 years.
applying for funding under ComCare will need to demonstrate that
they have the capability to implement the proposed programme and
to sustain the programme after ComCare funding expires.
Applications should meet the following guidelines:
(i) Targeted at
helping needy Singaporeans.
Meet an existing gap in service,
emerging need or improve the value of an existing service.
Have clear outcomes and a
No double funding from other
Secular in nature and open to all
Do not duplicate existing
programmes or services.
4. Applications which
satisfy the following criteria would be preferred:
Registered with IRAS as a charity.
Co-funded by other community based
Partnership with a Community
5. Applications to tap
on ComCare funding for new pilot programmes can be submitted to
the National Council of Social Service (for VWOs only),
Community Development Councils (CDCs), or the Citizen
Consultative Committees (CCCs).
6. There will be
quarterly deadlines for submission of applications. The
submission deadlines are:
7. Duly completed
applications will be evaluated within 21 working days for
applicants seeking funding of $50,000 and below, and 28 working
days for applicants seeking funding of more than $50,000.
Applications which are of exceptional complexity may take longer
8. Application forms
can be obtained from the Ministry of Community Development,
Youth and Sports, Citizens Consultative Committees, Community
Development Councils and the National Council for Social Service
from 28 June 2005. The forms can also be downloaded from
ComCare Meals-At-Home for
Homebound Needy Elderly
¨C A programme under ComCare
¡°Meals-At-Home for Homebound Needy Elderly¡± is an enhanced meals
delivery service to support frail and homebound seniors living
in their own homes in the community.
2 Meals are currently
delivered to the homes of some homebound seniors under the
existing MCYS-funded Home Help Service. However, in view of the
number of seniors on the programme, there is little time for the
service providers to connect with or spend more time with these
seniors. Sometimes the meals are simply left outside the door.
3 Given the
increasing number of seniors living alone, two VWOs, the Sunlove
Abode for Intellectually Infirmed Ltd and Moral Home Help
Service (West), have come forward to help the homebound elderly
by going beyond just meals delivery to one of ¡®touching¡¯ the
lives of these seniors.
4 Under this new
programme, those who deliver meals to the more frail and
homebound elderly will spend some time with them when the meals
are delivered (twice daily ¨C lunch & dinner) and also ensure
that they take their meals. This increase in contact would help
facilitate early detection of any changes in the senior¡¯s social
and medical conditions, flagging immediate assistance or
5 A total of 80
seniors will be targeted under the ComCare Meals-At-Home, for a
6-month pilot. If successful, MCYS will consider incorporating
this programme into the Home Help Service as part of the broader
framework to enhance community-based services for homebound
elderly who live alone.
6. The pilot programme
is expected to start in August 2005. Interested seniors should
approach Sunlove Abode or Moral Home Help Service for details:
Moral Home Help Service
301 Henderson Road S(108931)
Sunlove Home Help Service
70 Buangkok View S(534190)
programme under ComCare EnAble
1 Therapy services
can help a person with disabilities to master the skills
necessary for daily life. This allows persons with
disability to lead a more independent and meaningful life with
an overall increase in the quality of life they live.
2 However, some
persons with disabilities are not able to attend therapy
sessions outside of their homes due to mobility problems.
This is especially so for lower-income persons with
disabilities, whose families are not able to afford the direct
cost of therapy provided by private agencies and the indirect
cost of transport to reach the existing community based
3 The National
Council of Social Service, supported by MCYS will therefore
launch the Therapy@Home programme. Under the programme,
therapists will visit the homes of the persons with disabilities
and help by:
Rehabilitating and training persons
with disabilities to remain or achieve independence in their
Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) within the home environment,
Rehabilitating and training to
clients to remain or achieve independence in the Instrumental
Activities of Daily Living skills within their immediate
(ii) Building competence of caregivers to
care for persons with disabilities in the areas of Activities of
4 The pilot programme
is expected to serve a total of 400 beneficiaries per year,
comprising 200 direct clients and 200 caregivers. These should
be low-income Singaporeans, earning less than $700 on a per
capita household basis.
5 The National
Council of Social Service will announce the request for
proposals by 2nd Qtr of FY05/06 and announce the
project bidder by 3rd Qtr of this FY. The successful
agencies are expected to begin to offer services to persons with
disabilities in the last quarter of FY 05/06.
ComCare Silver Connect
programme under ComCare EnAble
1 A service gap
currently exists for the elderly who may not live in 1-2 room
flats, but are nonetheless relatively poor, isolated or
vulnerable. Many of them cannot be reached by existing services
for the elderly.
Citizens¡¯ Consultative Committee therefore aims to engage
volunteers, grassroots and voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs)
in befriending and supporting the lonely, vulnerable and
lower-income elderly living in the community and who lack a
strong family network.
3 This project encompasses training of volunteers,
including members from ¡°Singles Connect¡±,
as befrienders to reach out and regularly visit elderly who are
isolated, vulnerable and lack family support. They will also
organise activities such as ¡®Free Coffee Mornings¡¯ to engage the
elderly, promote social networking and provide ¡®meals-on-wheels¡¯
for unwell, homebound elderly. The project will also educate
the elderly on the importance of peer support and the
availability of services that they can tap on in times of need.
By involving ¡°Singles Connect¡±, younger singles can better
appreciate the ageing process, and the value of family and
It will also provide opportunities for the
elderly to socialise and find companionship with other elderly
4 The pilot project will be
launched in Tampines Changkat Constituency in November/December
2005. This project will be piloted at five HDB zones and one
private estate with an elderly population of 3,200 elderly (aged
60 years old and above). The projected number of needy elderly
who can be reached by this initiative is estimated to be 1,000.
It will focus on helping needy, lonely and homebound seniors who
are likely to lack family and social support from the community.
ComCare Enterprise Fund
¨C A programme under ComCare
1 Social enterprises focus on social
causes. They use business to drive social
change. To help the needy achieve self-reliance, MCYS will
re-position its Social Enterprise Fund (SEF) into a ComCare
Enterprise Fund (CEF), which will provide seed funding to start
sustainable business enterprises which are focused on helping
needy Singaporeans. Such help could either take the form of
providing employment to needy Singaporeans, or using the profits
generated to run programmes for needy Singaporeans.
2 The funding is set
aside for viable business projects. An organization that wishes
to apply for CEF funding, must show that the core business of
the entity is viable and it is not just a social programme which
it intends to run. Profits generated from business are to be
channelled back to the social enterprise¡¯s social objective.
3 SEF started this
financial year with a budget of $2 million. ComCare has added
another $1 million, bringing the CEF budget for this year to $3
4 Applications to the
CEF can be made, from 1 August 2005, at the Ministry of
Community Development, Youth and Sports. For further enquiries
on the CEF, please email:
More information on ComCare and
its programmes can be found at
For enquires on ComCare,
please call 1-800-COMCARE (1-800-2662273) or email
Singaporeans who need assistance can get in touch
with their Community Development Councils or grassroots leaders.
They can also call 1-800-COMCARE (1-800-2662273) for information
on the ComCare assistance available.