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New community project grant By Ang Yiying   SINGAPOREANS aged 15 to 35 who are based overseas and want to carry out projects benefiting the communities they live in can now tap on a new source of funding from the National Youth Council (NYC). Called the Overseas-Singaporeans Young ChangeMakers Grant, it can fund up to $3,000 or 80 per cent per project cost, whichever is lower. It was one of two new grants announced by NYC chairman Teo Ser Luck on Sunday at the closing ceremony of a two-day conference to promote servive learning which was attended by 250 students from secondary schools, junior colleges and polytechnics. The other new grant, the Community ChangeMakers Grant, is aimed at youth who are grassroots leaders carrying out community projects in their own constitutencies and has similar funding criteria. Like other existing grants under the Young ChangeMakers scheme administered by the NYC, individuals or groups applying for the new grants will have to submit proposals to be evaluated by a panel. Those who are successful in their applications will also be assigned a mentor for their project. Speaking about the new overseas grant to The Straits Times, Mr Teo said: ‘We thought it would be a good platform to show Singaporeans, we not only want you to do good at home but when you’re overseas, we hope you can do similar type of good work and community service projects. It can also help them to integrate there as well, not forgetting that their home is thinking of them.’ NYC’s assistant director of programmes Samuel Tan said that the council would work with the Overseas Singaporean Unit to raise awareness of the new overseas grant. Based on previous media reports, there are 180,000 Singaporeans based overseas. Of them, the countries where larger numbers reside include Australia with 50,000, Britain with 40,000, and United States and China with 20,000 each. Read the full report in The Straits Times. http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_594775.html

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