MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, YOUTH AND SPORTS ELDERLY DEVELOPMENT DIVISION Programme PROPOSAL KIT ACTIVE SENIORS PROGRAMME INTRODUCTION Over the next 30 years, Singapore’s population will age rapidly. While the ageing population may present challenges, it also heralds a whole host of opportunities for our society. We recognise that seniors represent a pool of valuable resources for the family and community. With their vast experience and talents, they can actively contribute to society. 2 The majority, about 89%, of our older citizens are ambulant (Census of Population 2000). We know that the hallmarks of active ageing are to engage in productive and fulfilling activities such as volunteer work, community participation and employment, thus encouraging a healthy and vigorous lifestyle. Volunteering will provide seniors with the opportunity to contribute to society, give them a sense of belonging and most importantly, encourage them to remain socially and intellectually stimulated. The Active Seniors Programme aims to do just that. 3 The Active Seniors Programme supports innovative projects that engage older persons and enable them to contribute to society. Through the Programme, we hope to develop an active senior volunteer movement where our older persons are involved in volunteer activities at every level. 2 Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports ACTIVE SENIORS PROGRAMME OBJECTIVES 4 The objectives of the Active Seniors Programme are:- a) to provide opportunities for older persons to be engaged in community activities and to have meaningful and fulfilling roles in society; b) to create avenues for older persons to share their talents, knowledge and skills and develop their potential; and c) to promote a positive mindset towards ageing and older persons. ELIGIBILITY 5 All organisations based in Singapore are invited to submit their proposals for funding. CRITERIA 6 The Active Seniors Programme can be implemented in a variety of ways. Projects under this Programme must involve older persons who are 55 years old and above. The beneficiaries however, can consist of different age groups. Organisations are encouraged to come up with innovative ideas and projects that promote the active participation of older persons in the community. These projects should ultimately promote social integration of our older persons and enhance intergenerational interactions. 3 Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports ACTIVE SENIORS PROGRAMME Government funding for projects under the Active Seniors Programme will be based on the following criteria. The project should: • provide opportunities for older persons (55 years and above) to be engaged and /or to contribute their skills and knowledge; • have potential for growth and sustainability; • benefit or contribute to the general well-being of the community; • have beneficiaries of different age groups, both the young and/or old; • be a non-profit venture; • be secular in nature; and • not be an existing project that is currently funded under the Government Financial Assistance Scheme for VWOs. FUNDING 7 The funding for projects under this Programme will be: • on a project basis; • on a once-off basis for a period of either one or two years; 4 Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports ACTIVE SENIORS PROGRAMME • on a cost-sharing basis, up to 80% of the project cost at a cap of $200,000; and • for manpower cost for coordination of the activity, recruitment and training, deployment and management of volunteers and other operating expenditure. SUBMISSION OF PROJECT PROPOSALS 8 Interested organisations can submit their proposals based on the given format in the Annex. 9 An evaluation team comprising of representatives from MCYS and other agencies will evaluate the proposals. The selection of projects will be based on the extent to which they successfully achieve the objectives and desired outcomes of the Active Seniors Programme. Projects will be co-funded based on agreed objectives and targets. 10 MCYS may request oral presentations from the organisations concerned to explain or clarify matters and/or information related to the proposals. 11 Organisations that are successful in their fund application will: • enter into an Agreement with MCYS (on behalf of the Government) for the receipt of Government funding; • roll out the project within 1 month of obtaining funds from MCYS; 5 Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports ACTIVE SENIORS PROGRAMME • monitor the progress of the project on a regular basis and provide a project evaluation report on a quarterly basis on all matters relating to the progress and evaluation of the project, including but not limited to achievement outcomes and performance indicators; and • submit an audited statement of accounts for the project to MCYS after the completion of the project. 12 For two-year projects, the organisation will have to submit an annual evaluation report (including the achievement outcomes and performance indicators) at the end of the 1st year. Continued funding for the second year will be subjected to MCYS’ assessment of the efficacy of the project in achieving the outcomes specified in the original application. QUERIES AND CLARIFICATIONS 13 For further queries and clarifications on the Active Seniors Programme, please contact us at: Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports Elderly Development Division Tel number: 6354 7075 Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org 6 Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports ACTIVE SENIORS PROGRAMME ANNEX FORMAT FOR PROJECT PROPOSAL 1 The project proposal should be limited to 5 pages (excluding annexes) and contain the following information: a) Organisation’s information - Name of organisation - Address of organisation - Name of contact person - Telephone number - Fax number - E-mail address (Attach a write-up of your organisation which should also include job descriptions and resumes for key staff involved in the project as well as a copy of the organisation’s latest audited financial statement.) b) Name of project c) Brief description of project Provide outline of project. Suggested length: 1-2 paragraphs. 7 Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports ACTIVE SENIORS PROGRAMME d) Rationale for the project Outline reasons to substantiate the need for the project and how the project will meet a felt need in the community. This should include anticipated potential size of target group, results of needs assessment surveys, other supporting statistical data etc. e) Details of project Provide information on the details and structure of project. This should include: - project goals and objectives - target clientele (include who is going to benefit from the project, include the number of elderly volunteers and beneficiaries, and/or people from other age groups (volunteers and/or beneficiaries) who are involved in the each activity of the project) - project activities (include the extent to which the project promotes volunteerism among the elderly and intergenerational interactions) - project structures (include how community agencies will be involved in the project) - staffing (include qualifications and training of the personnel who will oversee and manage the implementation of the project) 8 Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports ACTIVE SENIORS PROGRAMME - timeline for project (when the project will be rolled out and completed) - reach of the project (include the public communications plan for the project) f) Expected output and outcome indicators State the desired outcomes of the project. This should include the setting of desired output and outcome indicators to provide a reference point for project evaluation. g) Plans to monitor and evaluate the project Elaborate on how the project will be monitored and evaluated and provide a schedule of the key milestones of the project. h) Project cost - Provide a detailed explanation of how the project cost is determined and a breakdown of the project cost that should include expenditure on manpower (administration and coordination), recruitment, training, deployment and management of elderly and non-elderly volunteers, and other operating expenditures for each of the activities. - Provide a short description on how your organisation intends to finance the project (including the source(s) of funds) during and after Government funding. 9 Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports ACTIVE SENIORS PROGRAMME 2 The project proposal should also include a summary that contains all the essential information of the project. Please use the format given on page 11 to fill up the information. 3 Please submit your project proposal to Elderly Development Division Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports 512, Thomson Road, #14-00, MCYS Building, Singapore 298136 Email: email@example.com 10 Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports ACTIVE SENIORS PROGRAMME SUMMARY Page 11 PROJECT TITLE : ORGANISATION : TOTAL COST: DURATION: 1 2 Beneficiaries/ 4 Volunteers per year and roles 3 Cost of activity ($) Participants they play (per year) per year Frequency Brief Description of of Manpower S/N Recruitment and Total Activity Activities Cost for Role of No. of Training, Other Operating Cost of (per year) Role of 5 No. of Administration No. non- No. non- Deployment and Expenditure for Activity elderly elderly and 7 elderly elderly Management of the activity Coordination of 6 volunteers the activity TOTAL COST $ $ $ $ 1 Volunteers are those who are involved in the organisation and/or execution of the proposed activities. 2 Role refers to what is expected of the volunteer in a particular activity. For example, the role of the elderly volunteer could be an organiser of a particular activity, or a trainer who teaches some skills to the participants of the activity. 3 Beneficiaries/participants refer to those who would benefit from these activities. 4 Organisations are to provide a complete breakdown of the project costing and justify the costs with the scale of project. 5 The number of volunteers/beneficiaries for one activity in the proposed project must not be repeated for another activity. That is, if volunteers/beneficiaries are involved in more than one activity, the figure could only be reflected in one of the activities. 6 Egs include costs for training volunteers, transport reimbursement, and managing volunteers. 7 Egs include costs for publicity, refreshment, and any other operating cost.
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