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					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.




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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.


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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;



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•    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;


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•    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: soh_leng_wan@mcys.gov.sg




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                                                                      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.




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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)



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  - 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.


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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: soh_leng_wan@mcys.gov.sg




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                                                           ACTIVE SENIORS PROGRAMME SUMMARY
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                         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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