Leadership in Action

Service in the City

A re-make of the Social Impact Grant, Service in the City (SitC) encourages students to engage with contemporary social problems and solutions in Singapore.

SitC grants are intended for student initiatives with a focus on service and social impact that run during the course of a semester or longer. Students interested in engaging with similar issues for the summer can consider a Social Impact Fellowship.

Please direct any questions to Yock Theng via yocktheng.tan@yale-nus.edu.sg.


SitC will fund projects that are:

  • 6 months or longer
  • are service-oriented, effect social change, and/or achieve social impact
  • Singapore-based

Service-oriented initiatives span community engagement (i.e. raise awareness of specific issue), entrepreneurial (i.e. create new service for specific communities) or creative (i.e. film or theatre) endeavours. While all proposals are welcome, special consideration will be given to proposals that cover the following working areas:

  • Health – Improving Nutrition, Physical Activity
  • Aging – Pioneer Generation
  • Personal Development – Reading, Lifelong learning
  • Conservation
  • Social Media – Responsible Media use/commentary

Examples from past projects include:

  • Creating access to the arts via photography for healing and personal development among young persons affected by abuse
  • Service-learning curriculum development and facilitation for secondary students
  • Building capacity to raise awareness and sustain efforts around environmental sustainability
  • Deepening capacity and expertise around social entrepreneurship or other skillsets through social apprenticeship

More information on the evaluation criteria can be accessed here.

SitC/CIPE Support

  • Up to $2,000 per participant, capped at $10,000 per project group. Successful applicants may receive funding in full, or in part. Of this, up to $500 can be spent on training (prior approval from CIPE is required).
  • On ideation, and proposal writing (via panel and workshop respectively)
  • Priority access to service-related CIPE events such as NGO Bootcamp, service learning journey(s), service-related info and networking sessions
  • Mentorship via existing faculty, partner and/or alumni networks (if available)

SitC will not fund:

  • General, administrative or indirect costs
  • On-going activities or operational costs of individuals/organisations

Priority will be given to projects that are not already funded by other sources. SitC funding cannot be combined with other CIPE funding. SitC funding may be applied for subsequent developmental phases of a project, but not for recurrent costs.

SitC Timeline

There are 2 calls for applications each year. Applications for the upcoming cycle should be submitted by 1st February 2017 (2359 hours).

  • January 1: Applications open
  • February 1: Application deadline
  • March 1: Applicants notified of decisions. Successful applicants will be given up to a week to accept.
    *Successful applicants will be given up to a week to accept. Applicants may also be asked to revise and re-submit for consideration.

Please address these areas in your application:

  • What is the cause or need that would be addressed? This can be connected to individual/group passions/interests.
  • What is the broader context within which the issue/cause is situated? What data can be found, and what conclusions drawn?
  • Who would benefit from this work? How will needs be met/the issue be resolved? How would you know if these were effectively addressed?
  • What partners (i.e. possible organisations or individuals) can you connect and work with?
  • What impact would this deliver, and how would efforts be sustained?

How to Apply

Please schedule an appointment with Yock Theng via yocktheng.tan@yale-nus.edu.sg to discuss your project. You will be asked to submit a proposal (maximum 4 pages; guidelines here) thereafter.

Upcoming Events

To be updated.

Past Events

Doing Good Well
Saturday, 21 January 2017, 9 to 11AM [Venue TBD]

Join us to understand how to distil, articulate and assess impact for social impact efforts/projects. With a focus on enhancing effectiveness and sustainability, this session would be most useful for students who are currently involved in social impact efforts. Register here by 20 January 2017 2359 if you’d like to attend.

Brainstorming Ideas for Social Impact and Service
Saturday, August 27 2016 10.30 am – 12:00 pm [Elm Rector’s Commons, 23F]

Join us to understand how to ideate and connect project ideas to social impact and interest! This panel will feature past recipients of the Social Impact Fellowship (SIF) who will share their experiences around idea generation, conceptualisation and planning. 

Please RSVP here by Tuesday, 23 August 2016.

Additional Resources

Here are some resources you may find helpful as you think about conceptualising and designing your project.

Big Ideas in Social Change 2014

Solving problems for/with people

How Matters

Design thinking methods

The Story of Solutions

Sample Budget

Evaluating Impact

Have Questions?
Tan Yock Theng
Programme Manager, Leadership & Global Citizenship

Contact with questions about leadership development, civic engagement, NGO Bootcamp and social emotional learning.