Conferred by the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, the Singapore Chinese Cultural Contribution Award recognises individuals and organisations from various sectors, who have made outstanding contributions in the promotion, enrichment and development of Singapore Chinese culture.
Cash prize and a maximum of S$10,000 project funding (application subject to approval, and on a reimbursement basis)
Cash prize and a maximum of S$20,000 project funding (application subject to approval, and on a reimbursement basis)
Each SCCCA recipient (individual or organisation) will be presented with a trophy, S$10,000 cash prize, and up to S$10,000 in project funding as a recognition of their contributions towards Singapore Chinese Culture.
Living Singapore citizens or PRs. No restriction on age, gender or ethnicity.
Singapore-registered non-commercial organisations.
Dedication and recognition in the field
1. Tireless dedication to the practice of the chosen field.
2. Exemplary influence and inspirational role model, a respected figure of the chosen field.
Cultural promotion efforts
3. Strong and wide promotional efforts (e.g. education, community involvement, etc.) to ignite public interest in chosen field.
4. Effectiveness in promoting and enhancing the social standing and international influence of the chosen field.
5. Facilitating greater awareness and deeper understanding of Chinese culture and language.
Transmission of tradition
6. Sustainable development of the chosen field through the transmission of tradition to young practitioners.
Innovation and breakthrough
7. Fostering cultural exchanges and collaborations with other ethnic groups in chosen field.
8. Achieving innovation and breakthrough in chosen field, thereby creating distinctive local culture.
The award is open to nominations from the fields of Arts, Heritage, Popular Culture, and Creative Design.
- Arts field may include the literary arts, performing arts, visual arts, film and others.
- Heritage field may include customs and traditions that are practised today such as food, martial arts, traditional crafts and others.
- Popular Culture field may include mass media sectors such as television, radio and others.
- Creative Design field 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.).
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, propagation and development of Singapore Chinese culture. More importantly, this Cultural Contribution Award encompasses more than the artistic aspects of Chinese culture.
There is no overlap between the two Awards. The SCCCA would be evaluated based on “Cultural Contribution”, which is different from the Cultural Medallion which emphasises artistic achievement.
Yes, the Award is given out once a year.
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 published 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 Singapore Chinese culture are eligible to be nominated.
Yes, as the form will require you to fill up the nominee’s particulars and signature to sign off.
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.
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 nominators and nominees about the outcome of their nominations in May.
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 in the local chinese cultural scene.