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Ground-up community projects get boost from new fund

The Singapore Strong Fund, started in February by philanthropic organisation The Majurity Trust, supports community efforts that help vulnerable groups, front-line workers and ordinary Singaporeans tide over the pandemic.

It covers 80 per cent of project expenses, or $5,000, whichever is lower, and people can apply for it online.

The $550,000 Singapore Strong Fund, backed by 10 main donors - from philanthropists to foundations - supports ground-up initiatives and complements other funds.

One initiative the fund supported was an uplifting music video by non-profit arts organisation Voices of Singapore. A "virtual choir" of more than 900 singers, each of whom filmed himself or herself singing in isolation, performed a rendition of Dick Lee's popular song Home. The video, supported by the Singapore Tourism Board as well, was released online on Tuesday.

Social entrepreneur Delane Lim, 34, founder of youth development social enterprise FutuReady Asia, received $5,000 for each of the three projects he launched amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

These saw him and a team of volunteers hand out supplies, from masks and hand sanitiser to food and sleeping bags, to groups of people such as seniors, Malaysian migrant workers, bus drivers and cleaners.

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