Budget 2020, Committee of Supply Debates, Ministry of Community, Culture & Youth, 6 March 2020
Committee of Supply 2020 Debate, Day 6: Anthea Ong on funding ground-up initiatives
NMP Anthea Ong asked the Government to consider increasing the maximum funding for individual ground-up projects under…
I declare my interest as founder of A Good Space, a community of changemakers and Hush, a social enterprise. In light of the $250 million top-up and the spirit of Singapore Together,1 would the Ministry consider:
- Increasing the maximum funding in OSF and other funds to minimise the need to apply for multiple grants by groundups who are made up of citizen volunteers;
- Revising the framework in disbursing grants such that projects which are longer-term in nature or design (eg research), or projects which are seeking to be more sustainable, can receive longer-term funding required in line with the time required for community development; and
- Removing the cap on the amount or percentage of budget that can be spent on paying project owners, since they are often the ones putting in the most time and effort into the project, and for manpower needs to be assessed on a case-by-case basis?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Anthea Ong is a Nominated Member of Parliament. (A Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) is a Member of the Parliament of Singapore who is appointed by the President. They are not affiliated to any political party and do not represent any constituency. There are currently nine NMPs in Parliament.)
The multi-sector perspective that comes from her ground immersion of 12 years in different capacities helps her translate single-sector issues and ideas across boundaries without alienating any particular community/group. As an entrepreneur and with many years in business leadership, it is innate in her to discuss social issues with the intent of finding solutions, or at least of exploring possibilities. She champions mental health, diversity and inclusion — and climate change in Parliament.
She is also an impact entrepreneur/investor and a passionate mental health advocate, especially in workplace wellbeing. She started WorkWell Leaders Workgroup in May 2018 to bring together top leaders (CXOs, Heads of HR/CSR/D&I) of top employers in Singapore (both public and private) to share, discuss and co-create inclusive practices to promote workplace wellbeing. Anthea is also the founder of Hush TeaBar, Singapore’s 1st silent teabar and a social movement that aims to bring silence, self care and social inclusion into every workplace, every community — with a cup of tea. The Hush Experience is completely led by lovingly-trained Deaf facilitators, supported by a team of Persons with Mental Health Issues (PMHIs).
Follow Anthea Ong on her public page at www.facebook.com/antheaonglaytheng