Community Silver Trust (CST)
The CST is a donation matching grant from the Government aimed at enhancing and expanding the intermediate and long-term care (ILTC) services in Singapore.
Managed jointly by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) with a Board of Trustees, NCSS administers the CST for organisations in the social service sector. (For the list of Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs) under NCSS and Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) for CST, please click here. Please note that AIC administers the CST for organisations in the healthcare sector.)
Objective of the Trust
The objective of the CST is to encourage donations and provide additional resources for the service providers in the ILTC sector to enhance capabilities and provide value-added services to achieve higher quality care and affordable step down care. The ILTC sector provides a variety of services that meet both medical and non-medical social needs of people with chronic diseases or disability who cannot care for themselves for long periods of time.
VWOs that are:
|a.||Registered as an Institution of a Public Character (IPC) under the Charities act, and|
|b.||Receiving funding support from the Government (i.e. MOH and/or MSF) for the provision of ILTC services are eligible for the Government matching grant.|
Definition of ILTC Services (Social Services)
ILTC services in the context of the social service sector refer to sheltered homes, disability homes, disability hostels, day care centres, day activity centres, sheltered workshops, home help services, seniors activity centres/ neighbourhood links, befriending, gero-counselling, case management, co-ordination services, caregiver support and seniors helpline.
Definition of ILTC Services (Health)
ILTC services in the context of the health sector are defined as the provision of accommodation, personal care and health care in facilities for persons suffering from any sickness, disability or injury. The facilities include community hospitals, hospice, chronic sick hospitals, nursing homes, hospice home care, day rehabilitation centres, home medical, home nursing, dementia day care centres, ex-mentally ill day care centres, ex-mentally ill sheltered homes and ex-mentally ill rehabilitation homes and dialysis centres.
MOH and MSF may review and amend this list from time to time, subject to the Board of Trustees' approval.
Government Matching Grant
The Government will provide a matching grant of one dollar for every donation dollar raised by eligible organisations for ILTC services (i.e. 1:1 matching grant).
Eligible Donations for Matching
All monetary donations and donations in kind received by the qualifying VWOs from individuals, foundations and corporate establishments for ILTC services with tax-exempt receipts will be considered for the matching grant.
For monetary donations where tax-exempt receipts cannot be issued due to practical difficulty (e.g. Flag Day), these donations will only be matched upon the receipt of an audited financial statement (within six months from the close of the Financial Year) detailing the non-tax-deductible donations received during the financial year.
Donations from the President’s Challenge, or like entities, to qualifying VWOs for ILTC services can also be considered for matching. (However, donations to such entities will not qualify for matching). Grants by the Government and Statutory Boards will however not qualify for the CST matching.
VWOs may continue to use the donations received at their own discretion, in accordance to the purpose for which the funds were raised or in accordance to the wishes of the donors of the funds, as long as the donations are used within the ILTC sector. The use of matching grants received, however, should be demarcated for the qualifying uses of CST.
Threshold and Cap on Matching Grant per Organisation
Based on the Code of Governance for charities and IPC issued by the Charity Council, organisations that are of IPC status are tiered according to the size of their gross annual receipts.
For the threshold tiering table according to the IPC size, please click here. For each eligible VWO, an annual matching grant cap of $15 million and a lifetime matching grant cap of $100 million are applicable.
Qualifying Uses of CST Matching Grant
The matching grant should not be used for direct patient subsidies or to offset the organisation’s co-funding component of Government-funded services. The matching grant may be used to fund:
Forms and documents are available for download:
|Operating rules for the Administration for Community Silver Trust|
|Community Silver Trust FAQs|
|Community Silver Trust Annual Application and Claims Form (Below and Above Threshold)|
|Briefing slides by MSF/NCSS on 29 Jan 13|
Please submit the completed application form to:
VWO Funding (Team B)
Resource Allocation Division
National Council of Social Service
170 Ghim Moh Road #01-02
For enquiries, please contact:
Mr Lim Wei Boon
VWO Funding (Team B) Department
Resource Allocation Division