WHY HAVE IT
Announced in Singapore Budget 2019, the $200M Bicentennial Community Fund (BCF) is a one-off initiative that provides dollar-for-dollar matching for donations to IPCs, up to a cap of $400,000. Here’s why you should get onboard!
- BE PART OF A MOVEMENT TO GROW A CARING CULTURE
The BCF supports the SG cares movement to build a caring & inclusive home for all. Singapore’s Bicentennial year is also a great time to pay forward the spirit of care and contributions of our forefathers!
- DOUBLE THE IMPACT OF YOUR DONATIONS
The BCF matches every dollar of your donations, up to a cap of $400,000 per IPC.
- SUPPORT OVER 600 IPCS IN SINGAPORE
With additional funds, IPCs can cultivate more donors and volunteers, explore new engagement strategies, and better serve the community.
WHO IS IT FOR
Individuals who care and want to maximise their donations to an IPC.
Organisations that care and want to maximise their donations to an IPC.
- Institutions of a Public Character
IPCs can capitalise on BCF to cultivate more donors and volunteers and explore new engagement strategies such as digital giving.
HOW IT WORKS
- Between Apr 1 2019 to Mar 31 2020, BCF will offer dollar-for-dollar matching for donations to Institutions of a Public Character (IPCs), up to a cap of $400,000 per IPC.
- BCF matching can apply to donations received through all payment modes including cash, cheque and e-payments.
- To tap on the fund, organisations must be a registered IPC between Apr 1 2019 and Mar 31 2020.
- In addition to BCF, donors can continue to enjoy 250% tax deduction for qualifying donations made to IPCs.
Application Process for the Bicentennial Community Fund (BCF)
There is a two-stage application process for the BCF.
Stage 1: Application window
The application window will open from 1 September 2019 to 30 September 2019. All Application Forms should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications close on 30 September 2019.
Stage 2: Submissions window
The Submissions window will open from 1 April 2020 to 30 September 2020. All Final Reports, together with the audited Eligible Donations Statements and accompanying Audit Report should be submitted to email@example.com. Submissions close on 30 September 2020.
Organisations will be required to submit an unqualified, reasonable assurance audit report on the Eligible Donations that it received within the qualifying period. A template of the audit report and the Eligible Donations Statement has been included in the application pack.
Please click HERE to download the application pack.
IMPORTANT: Clarification on recognition of eligible donations
Donations will only be recognised when they are received into the organisation’s bank accounts. Committed or accrued donations will not be eligible if the donations are not received into the organisation’s bank accounts within the qualifying period of 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020. IPCs must have a Live IPC status when the donations are received. Please be mindful of the date the donations reach your bank account and the corresponding time needed for bank administration.
Capability and Capacity Workshops for IPC Charities
As part of the Bicentennial Community Fund, we are pleased to bring to you a series of workshops to help IPCs build up their capacity in terms of fundraising, pitching and strategic planning. Details will be available on this page soon.
Download the factsheet here.
Download the flowchart here.