Singapore Chinese Cultural Contribution Award

Key Dates


Start of Nomination

3 May 2021


End of Nomination

2 August 2021, 5pm



October – November 2021


Award Presentation Ceremony

Mid 2022


About the Singapore Chinese Cultural Contribution Award

The Singapore Chinese Cultural Contribution Award is an annual award conferred to individuals and organisations who made extraordinary contributions to the promotion, enrichment, and development of Chinese Singaporean culture.

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Past Awardees

Award Categories


Prizes for the individual category include a trophy, S$10,000 cash prize and a maximum of S$10,000 project funding* 


Prizes for the organisation category include a trophy, S$10,000 cash prize and a maximum of S$20,000 project funding* 

*Application subject for project funding is subject to approval, and on a reimbursement basis. All project funding should be fully utilised within 1 year (12 months) from the date of receiving the award.

Selection Process

Judging Panel

The Award process starts with a public nomination, and shortlisting of the nominees by the panel of judges. Final recommendations will be put up to the SCCC Board of Directors for approval. Our judging panel is helmed by Professor Eddie Kuo Chen Yu, and comprises distinguished individuals from the local cultural scene — Mr Paul Tan, Mr Lim Jim Koon, Professor Quah Sy Ren, Ms Quek Yeng Yeng, and Ms Woo Mun Ngan. Together, they assess the nominees based on the award criteria in a just and fair manner.

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Professor Eddie Kuo Chen Yu

Judge Committee Chairman

Professor Eddie Kuo is the Founding Dean and Professor Emeritus of Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information of NTU, Academic Advisor, Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), and Advisor, SUSS Centre for Chinese Studies.

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Mr Paul Tan


Paul Tan is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer at the National Arts Council which champions the arts by nurturing creative excellence and supporting broad audience engagement. Through comprehensive support from grants and partnerships to industry facilitation and arts housing, the NAC ensures that the arts inspire Singaporeans, connect communities and position Singapore internationally. Paul has also published five volumes of poetry; the most recent “When the Lights Went Off” was launched in August 2018.

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Mr Lim Jim Koon


Lim Jim Koon, former Editor of Lianhe Zaobao and former Editor-in-Chief of Chinese Media Group at Singapore Press Holdings, is now an Adjunct Professor of the Nanyang Centre for Public Administration at Nanyang Technological University and of the Singapore University of Social Sciences.

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Professor Quah Sy Ren


Quah Sy Ren is Associate Professor in Chinese at the School of Humanities, Nanyang Technological University. He has served on various boards and committees in the fields of arts, culture, media and education.

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Ms Quek Yeng Yeng


Quek Yeng Yeng is the Deputy Director of Sector Development (Traditional Arts) at the National Arts Council. She has served on various portfolios to build the performing arts ecosystem such as arts organisation capability, programming, infrastructure development, international arts promotions and partnerships.

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Ms Woo Mun Ngan


Woo Mun Ngan, Associate Editor cum Fukan Editor, Chinese Media Group NewsHub, has been an established reporter covering arts and culture related topics. She has published “Aria” (咏叹调), a compilation of her commentaries on music. Woo was a Council Member of the National Arts Council from 2010 to 2013.

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Mr Teo Han Wue


Teo Han Wue, was an editor of the former Bilingual Section of The Straits Times providing contents in English/Chinese, English/Malay and English/Tamil format, as well as the head of translation of the English language daily. He later became a director at the National Arts Council and executive director of Art Retreat, a private museum incorporating Wu Guanzhong Gallery until he dedicated himself fully to writing about art and culture for various publications in English and Chinese.

Assessment Criteria

The judging panel will assess nominees via this rubric:

Dedication and recognition in the field 

  • Tireless dedication to the practice of the chosen field. 
  • Exemplary influence and inspirational role model, a respected figure of the chosen field. 

Cultural promotion efforts 

  • Strong and wide promotional efforts (e.g. education, community involvement, etc.) to ignite public interest in chosen field. 
  • Effectiveness in promoting and enhancing the social standing and international influence of the chosen field. 
  • Facilitating greater awareness and deeper understanding of Chinese culture and language.

Transmission of tradition 

  • Sustainable development of the chosen field through the transmission of tradition to young practitioners. 

Innovation and breakthrough 

  • Fostering cultural exchanges and collaborations with other ethnic groups in the chosen field. 
  • Achieving innovation and breakthrough in the chosen field, thereby creating distinctive local culture.


Nominee Criteria

For the individual category, all nominees must be living, and a Singapore citizen or PR. For the organisation category, they must be a Singapore-registered non-commercial organisation. There is no restriction on a nominee’s age, gender or ethnicity; a non-Chinese person may be nominated. The nominee is eligible for the award even if their works and contributions were made through a non-Chinese language medium (e.g. English, Malay, and/or other language medium).

How to nominate

  • Download and complete the nomination form 
    • The completed submission must be in either Chinese or English.
    • Do not submit hand-written nomination applications.
  • Prepare all other supporting documents for submission 
    • Refer to Annex A: Submission Checklist in the Nomination Guidelines for more details 
    • All submitted documents are non-returnable. Do not submit master copy or original artworks; only photocopies of documents are required. On a case-by-case basis, you may be required to produce the original documents for verification. 
    • Do not submit hardcopy documents that are larger than A4 size. 
    • Submit the complete set of nomination documents through any of these methods:
    • E-mail all scanned documents to [email protected]
    • Hand-Deliver or send nomination documents to Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre:
        • Singapore Chinese Cultural Contribution Award Nomination
        Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
        #11-01, 1 Straits Boulevard, Singapore 018906

Nomination results

SCCC will inform all successful nominators and nominees about the outcome of their nominations. The judges’ decision is final; there is no process to appeal the outcome. Subsequently, the Award Presentation Ceremony is scheduled for mid-2022.

Frequently Asked Questions

About The Award

The SCCCA recognises individuals and organisations from various cultural sectors, who have made outstanding contributions in the promotion, enrichment, and development of Singapore Chinese culture. More importantly, this Cultural Contribution Award encompasses more than the artistic aspects of Chinese culture.

The award is open to nominations from the fields of Arts, Heritage, Popular Culture, and Creative Design. ● Arts fields may include the literary arts, performing arts, visual arts, film and others. ● Heritage fields may include customs and traditions that are practised today such as food, martial arts, traditional crafts and others. ● Popular Culture fields may include mass media sectors such as television, radio and others. ● Creative Design fields may include visual, product, fashion, architecture, environmental design and others.

The nominees could be: ● Practitioners or organisations directly involved in the various fields (e.g. dancers, chefs, architects etc.) or ● Individuals or organisations engaged in the various fields through their own disciplines (e.g. dance critics, food researchers, design curators, etc.)

There is no overlapping between the two awards. The SCCCA recognises contributions made beyond the fine arts, to include the wider realm of heritage, popular culture and creative design.

Yes, barring unforeseen circumstances, it is conferred once annually.

Portfolio Submission

Yes. A nominator may resubmit nomination(s) which was previously not successful. However, please include the nominee’s updated portfolio and CV.

You are strongly encouraged to include any other materials, including letters of support, media reviews, articles, and critical essays, which best reflect the level of excellence and impact of the nominees’ work on the local Chinese cultural scene.

Yes. The project funding should be fully utilised within 1 year (12 months) from the date of receiving the award.


Yes. Nominators may submit more than one nomination for each award.

No. Singapore Chinese Cultural Contribution Award only accepts nominations for living Singapore citizens and PRs.

No. It is assessed according to the extent to which nominees meet the criteria for the Award. The number of nominators or nominations does not affect the prospects of a nominee receiving the Award.

Yes. There is no restriction on age, gender or ethnicity. Non-Chinese, who have made outstanding contributions to Chinese Singaporean culture are eligible to be nominated.

Yes, your nominee would have to be informed as the form requires the nominee’s particulars and signature.

Yes. They are eligible to be nominated and to win an Award even if their works and contributions were made through non-Chinese language medium, such as English, Malay, and/or other language medium.

Selection Process

No. Recipients are assessed based on how well they meet the Award’s criteria and there is no set quota or target number of recipients

The Award process starts with a public nomination, and shortlisting of the nominees by the panel of judges. Final recommendations will be put up to the SCCC Board of Directors for approval.

SCCC will inform all successful nominators and nominees about the outcome of their nominations at the end of the year.

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