CoLab4Good Fund for Community Projects
The CoLab4Good Fund seeks to support meaningful ground-up initiatives.
It is an opportunity for NTU students to take action and create change.
Full-time NTU students and registered NTU Student Organisations may apply for the following project grants:
Project Grant For Individuals
Project Grant For Student Organisations
Projects must be organised by
at least two students or two student organisations. For projects led together with non-NTU students, NTU students must make up at least 50% of the project team.
Your project should fulfill all of the following:
Purpose and Commitment: You have a clear sense of purpose and dedication to see your ideas realised.
An Actionable Plan: Your project seeks to fulfill at least one or more of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals within a specified timeframe by the project team.
For project ideas which fulfill all the above requirements, you may read up on past students' projects. Click here to access.
Use of Grants
Grants may be used for project costs, such as event costs, catering, supplies and community partner support. Excluded items include canvassing expenses, personal transport, speaker/performer fees and T-shirt production.
Submissions must be made at least
six weeks prior to the commencement of the project.
The CoLab4Good Fund does not support the following:
Canvasing projects (e.g. bake sale, car wash, "Karang Guni" etc)
Overseas community projects
Projects that are confined to sectional interests (e.g. race, political groups etc) or serve an exclusively religious purpose
Social events with no community benefit
When judging the merit of applications, we will take into account:
The project's potential social impact to NTU and the wider community;
Project feasibilty and sustainability;
Clarity, completeness and persuasiveness of the application.
If you seek funds for an overseas community project or an on-campus event (e.g. FOC, dinner, talks, student networking sessions etc), please check with Student Affairs Office if your project qualifies for event funding.
Additional Funding Sources
Fundraising is part and parcel of community-based projects. From grant writing to selling T-shirts, finding funds for your project does not have to be complicated. There is an abundance of information online that will help you plan your project and determine the what is needed.
Not only does fundraising raise awareness for your selected cause, it also provides an opportunity to develop skills such as communication and creativity. A good fundraising message will not just talk about the benefits of your project; it will also state the benefit to the potential donor and show why your project is important to the community.
It is important to have the budget planned out before you begin soliciting for funds. Consider how you might use additional funds as well as you can adapt your project if you fall short of your fundraising goals.
In addition to the CoLab4Good Fund and SAO suggested funding, other funding avenues to consider include:
CoLab4Good is a social initiative inspired by a visionary gift from prominent business leader and CSR advocate, the late Mr Kwek Leng Joo. CoLab4Good provides funding support and developmental opportunities for youth who aspire, as global citizens and future leaders, to make positive and meaningful impact in the community. Programmes include the CoLab4Good Fund which supports student initiated community projects and social enterprises.
CoLab4Good aims to:
Build student capacity for learning and leadership through community service, civic participation, and educational efforts.
Instil a sense of community through partnerships, which contributes to enhancing the community's quality of life and student learning.