Open Call for Programming Ideas


Who is the Open Call for Programming Ideas for?

Individuals and arts and cultural groups who wish to send in ideas to do projects with SCCC.

What is the Open Call for Programming Ideas?

As part of the SCCC’s aim to promote Chinese Singaporean art and culture, we welcome Singapore-based artists, organisations and community partners to submit their proposals for programmes to be held at our centre. The proposed projects could be presented in any format and need not be limited to exhibitions, guided tours, workshops, talks, conferences, performances, demonstrations, film screenings or educational courses.

Evaluation criteria

Submitted proposals will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Ability to attract youth participation/ engagement
  • Ability to be either cross-disciplinary or cross-cultural in nature
  • Ability to highlight the distinctiveness of Chinese culture in Singapore
  • Ability to use the centre’s spaces in creative ways
  • Applicant’s track record and commitment to execute the project

Past projects

Dragon Teeth Gate

Memoirs of Nanyang

Project Budget

Applicants of shortlisted projects would be invited for a preliminary round of discussions with the SCCC Programmes team. The quantum (%) of project funding would be discussed and finalised after the discussion, taking into consideration the scale of the project and technical specifications.

Project timeline

Once confirmed, the selected applicant and SCCC would enter into a commissioning agreement or venue partnership with mutually agreed terms and conditions. The confirmed events could be scheduled with SCCC’s other events and festivals such as Cultural Extravaganza, Chinese New Year Celebration, Mid-Autumn Celebration, Singapore Art Week, Singapore Heritage Festival, etc.

How to apply

Interested parties can apply year-round. There is no deadline for submission. Submit a soft copy of the completed form and relevant supporting documents to [email protected].

Chinese Arts and Culture Research Grant

Who is the Chinese Arts and Culture Research Grant for?

Researchers and academics who are interested in carrying out research on Chinese Singaporean culture.

What is the Chinese Arts and Culture Research Grant?

The Chinese Arts and Culture Research Grant is an initiative introduced by the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre in 2018.  Its goal is to fund research projects related to Chinese visual arts, performing arts, culture and impact, and/or contribution of these Chinese visual arts and performing arts on Chinese identity and culture in Singapore.

Goals of the Chinese Arts and Culture Research Grant

Engage and encourage local institutes of higher learnings, think-tanks and academics to:

  1. Document and conduct research on different aspects of Singapore’s Chinese arts and culture that are of interest to SCCC
  2. Strengthen SCCC’s arts and culture resources and research capabilities

To view past publications for Chinese Arts and Culture Research Grant, click here.

How to apply

Interested applicants can download the application form and submit a soft copy of the completed form and relevant supporting documents in Microsoft Word format to [email protected]. To view more details on the application guidelines, click here.

Publication Grant

Who is the Publication Grant for?

Individuals, groups or organisations who are interested in publishing works from research and disseminating the information to the public.

What is the Publication Grant?

The objective of the Publication Grant is to disseminate research on Chinese Singapore culture conducted by institutes of higher learning, think-tanks, researchers and academics. This Grant will support publications in the following areas of research: Chinese visual arts, Chinese performing arts, Chinese culture, and Chinese Singaporean identity. Print and online publications can help create awareness and make such research available to a wider public beyond Singapore.

Evaluation criteria

The selection criteria for the Publication Grant comprises 3 components. Each component contributes a different weightage to the overall assessment criterion. These assessment components are:

1) Impact of research on the understanding of Chinese arts and culture (40%)

  • Originality of research
  • Importance in filling research gaps
  • Relevance to the topics in call for proposal
  • Publication content should preferably be bilingual (English and Chinese)

2) Capacity and Commitment (20%)

  • Track Record and qualification of researchers
  • Feasibility of project deliverables
  • Adherence to project milestones
  • Feasibility of projected expenditure
  • Collaboration with other interested parties, e.g. government agencies, think tanks, foundations, tertiary institutions, clans, schools etc.

3) Dissemination of research findings (40%)

  • Digital version made freely available online on SCCC’s platforms (compulsory requirement)
  • Accessibility of access, e.g. through online and social media, videography
  • Disseminating content to a wider community through symposium, conferences, talks, etc.

Project Budget

The maximum grant quantum for the project is 50% of the project funding subject to a cap of S$50,000 per project. Successful applicants must meet the grant deliverables stipulated upon completion of the project to receive grant funding. See full guidelines for the Publication Grant here.

Project timeline

Each successful applicant will be given a maximum of one (1) year from the date of acceptance of the grant to complete the project. 

How to apply 

Interested applicants can download the application form and submit a soft copy of the completed form and relevant supporting documents in Microsoft Word format to [email protected]. To view more details on the application guidelines, click here.

Grants – Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

Other Ways SCCC Support You


If you’re a local artist or an arts and cultural group who do not qualify for these grants, you can still obtain support from the SCCC via the Arts Support Framework.

The Arts Support Framework provides the Singaporean arts and cultural community with exhibition platforms and administrative spaces within the SCCC building to showcase their creative work, while also offering various programmes such as the Arts Housing Scheme, Visual Arts Partnership and [email protected].