Awards of up to $20,000 on offer for ideas to help the disabled

Awards of up to $20,000 on offer for ideas to help the disabled

Five "jumpstart awards" of up to $20,000 are being offered to teams who come up with ideas to improve the lives of disabled people.


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Full statement from Ministry of Social and Family Development:

 The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) and SG Enable will be offering $100,000 to five teams as jumpstart awards for new ideas to improve the lives of persons with disabilities. This Award is part of the inaugural "Enabling Community coLAB", to be launched by MSF and SG Enable on 5 April 2014.

The Enabling Community coLAB invites the community to learn, connect and come up with innovative solutions to some of the everyday challenges faced by persons living with disabilities. Through coLAB, participants will understand the challenges that persons with disabilities face in their daily lives.

Through the ideas generated from the coLAB, the hope is to improve the lives of persons with disabilities and foster greater inclusion of them in society.

The event, to be held at *SCAPE from 5 - 6 April 2014, is a two-day workshop for participants to develop their ideas with the help of facilitators and like-minded peers.

At the finals in May 2014, up to five selected teams will be awarded up to $20,000 each to turn their ideas into reality with the help of mentors and community partners.

DBS is the main corporate partner for the event.

Proposals that could eventually become social enterprises may be considered for funding under MSF's ComCare Enterprise Fund and Youth Social Entrepreneurship Programme for Start-ups.

MSF and SG Enable would like to invite all interested parties to be a part of the Enabling Community coLAB and work towards the creation of impactful ideas to benefit the lives of persons with disabilities.

Prior to the main workshop, participants will get to learn from relevant experts in the disability sector as well as hear first-hand the aspirations and challenges of inspiring individuals living with disabilities.

Registration is now open at www.enablingcommunitycolab.sg.

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