Common based flagship programmes

Community Legal Clinics @ CDC

Objectives of the Community Legal Clinics (CLCs)

The Office of the Mayors and the Law Society of Singapore signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 12 September 2014 to launch the Community Legal Pro Bono Services Network to assist needy Singaporeans and Permanent Residents who are seeking legal advice and information.

To-date, 15 CLCs have been set up at the CDCs and the CCs/RC.

An appointment is required before the consultation, which is typically a 20 minutes one-to-one consultation with a qualified lawyer. Registered residents are required to bring along their identity card and related documents. Consultation is free.

*Do note that the pro bono lawyers cannot represent you in court.

To make an appointment at the CLCs situated at Central Singapore, North West, South East and South West district, you may contact +65 6536 0650 or email to

For appointments at North East district, please call the respective Community Clubs/Centres.  Download the Community Legal Clinics Directory.

NOTE: You may change your appointment time by informing the service officer 3 working days before the date of appointment. If you miss the appointment, re-registration for another appointment is at the discretion of the Pro Bono Services Office.

Common Senses for Common Spaces

About Common Senses for Common Spaces (CSCS)

Common Senses for Common Spaces (CSCS) was launch in February 2018 as a series of nationwide inter-faith dialogues to enhance social cohesion and strengthen the resilience of the community. 

Through the CSCS series, the CDCs aim to provide a safe space for residents to understand, appreciate and seek clarification about the beliefs of different faiths and cultures in Singapore through discussions and sharing with religious leaders. 

Law Awareness Weeks @ CDC

About the Law Awareness Weeks @ CDC (LAW@CDC)

LAW@CDC was started to educate residents through legal talks conducted across the five districts on basic legal knowledge. These talks are held at Community Centres/Clubs (CCs) and Residents' Committee (RC) Centres. The talks are tailored for those who are not legally trained by breaking down legal jargons so that they are easy to understand. 

On 28 September 2020, Minister Edwin Tong announced the renewal of two Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) – one MOU between the Community Development Councils (CDCs) and Law Society Pro Bono Services (LSPBS) on Community Legal Pro Bono Services Network (Community Legal Clinics); and one MOU between CDCs, LSPBS, three Institutes of Higher Learning (National University of Singapore, Singapore Management University and Singapore University of Social Sciences) and one new partner Singapore Counsel Association (SCCA) on Law Awareness Weeks @ CDC. 

Click here to find out more about LAW@CDC and Register for the LAW@CDC 2020 Webinars!

Maybank Family Fund @ CDC

About Maybank Family Fund @ CDC

Launch in November 2018, the $1.55 million Maybank Family Fund @ CDC aims to uplift low income and vulnerable families through three broad areas of financial empowerment, livelihood and employability.

The fund includes a five-year insurance coverage scheme by Maybank to provide medical and mobility expenses reimbursement for up to 1,000 needy families.  

NIC- CDC Corporate Social Integration Fund

About the National Integration Council (NIC) - CDC Corporate Social Integration (CSI) Fund

The Corporate Social Integration (CSI) Fund was introduced in June 2017 by the National Integration Council (NIC) and the CDCs to encourage companies to organise community projects with the aim of promoting corporate social responsibility and integration in the community and at the workplace.

Corporate organisations may apply for seed funding to organise sustainable social responsibility and volunteerism projections with the CDC. 

Download the Guide and Application Form here.

SkillsFuture Advice (SFA) @ CDC

About the SkillsFuture Advice (SFA) and SkillsFuture@CDC 

On 25 September 2020, Minister Lawrence Wong witnessed the virtual SkillsFuture Advice (SFA) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Community Development Councils (CDCs), SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) and Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) to affirm their commitment to support Singaporeans in skills upgrading and career planning. 

SFA is a community outreach initiative that was launched in 2017.  It helps residents to navigate through the SkillsFuture landscape and help them better understand their own strengths, and help them to be more aware of the types of skills needed in today’s employment, as well as the skypes of skills required for future of work.  

Please click here to find out more about SkillsFuture@CDC.

SME Centres @CDC

Objective of the SME Centres @ CDC

The SME Centres @ CDC were established in 2013 to provide heartland Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) with greater convenience and access to business resources and advice. Leveraging on existing grassroots networks to identify business needs, SME Centres work with the CDCs and Trade Associations and Chambers to address issues faced by SMEs in specific trades or locations.

As the first point of help for SMEs, the SME Centres @ CDC provide local businesses with integrated services including business and productivity diagnosis, guidance on the government assistance schemes and capability workshops.

To make an appointment, please contact the SME Centre @ CDC in your respective district.

Download the SME Centre Location and Contact list.

WeCare Arts Fund @ CDC

About the WeCare Arts Fund @ CDC

The WeCare Arts Fund @ CDC is a grant scheme in partnership between the CDCs and the National Arts Council (NAC). The fund aims to support Social Service Agencies (SSAs) by engaging their beneficiaries through the arts. The CDCs and the NAC renewed their partnership on 4 September 2017 by setting aside $1 million for the WeCare Arts Fund over the next two year for programmes that make arts inclusive and promote self-confidence among the led advantages and underserved communities.

Activities supported by the Fund

The fund supports project costs that involve artists working directly with SSAs and their beneficiaries through the Performing, Visual, Literary and Multi-Disciplinary arts.

Who is the Fund for?

The fund is open to all SSAs that are keen to work with artists / arts groups to bring arts to their beneficiaries. SSAs must be a member of the National Council of Social Service (NCSS). Artists may approach SSAs directly in order to submit an application for the Fund.

Download the Guide and Application Form* here.

*With the effect from January 2020, interested SSAs can submit their application online via the OurSG Grant Portal ( for a more seamless grant application process using CorpPass. 

For further enquiries, you may contact the CDCs officer in your district to find out more about the fund:

Central Singapore CDC

Shirin Ibrahim

Wee Peng Yu

North East CDC

Arie Kuan

Kenneth Tan

North West CDC

Nur Alifah Samsudin

Brandon Oh –

South East CDC


Steph Dong

North West CDC

Kristal Low

CapitaLand Hope Foundation - CDC Collaboration

About the CapitaLand Hope Foundation - CDC Collaboration

Since 2011, the CDCs have been collaborating with CapitaLand Hope Foundation (CHF) through initiatives that caters to the physical well-being of underpriviledged such as the Kids Food Fund (KFF) and providing school-going essentials through the My Schoolbag programme.  which caters to the physical well-being of underpriviledged children. 

In 2017, CDCs and CHF partnered the National University of Singapore (NUS) Department of Architecture to pilot the CapitaLand Young Architect Programme @ CDC which introduces children to architecture theories and design knowledge, and to better understand community needs through design thinking. 

CASE Consumer Awareness Talks @ CDC

About the CASE Consumer Awareness Talks @ CDC

In support of the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) amendment of the Consumer Protection (Fair Trading) Act in 2016, the CDCs partnered with the Consumers Association of Singapore (CASE) to raise awareness and educate consumers on their rights through educational talks. 

CDCs have since organised 12 talks covering a variety of topics such as renovation, direct selling and door-to-door sales, and CASE Trust Accreditation and Mediation. 



CDC Student Meals Scheme

This new scheme initiated by the CDCs hopes to help families with children studying in Primary and/or Secondary Schools and living in rental blocks defray the cost of buying meals while the children are on home-based learning (HBL) during circuit breaker period. A total of $660,000 will support up to 12,000 students. Each child will receive $55.00 worth of CDC e-vouchers via the Grab app, in $5 denomination to be used during the circuit breaker period, up to 31 May 2020.  Click here for more details.

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Community Development Council (CDC) Vouchers Scheme

At the recent Budget 2020, Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Minister for Finance, Mr Heng Swee Keat announced that Community Development Councils (CDCs) will be given $20 million to better meet the needs of the residents through local initiatives. The CDC Vouchers Scheme aims to help Singaporean households defray the cost of living and at the same time, support participating local merchants and hawkers at HDB estates / heartlands during the COVID-19 situation.  

Learn more about the initiative from:

  • Mr Heng Swee Keat, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance (English | Chinese)
  • Ms Low Yen Ling, Chairman of Mayors’ Committee and Mayor of South West District (English | Chinese)

List of Merchants and Merchants Sign-Up Form

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