Singapore Chinese Cultural Contribution Award

The Centre confers the Singapore Chinese Cultural Contribution Award in recognition of individuals and organisations who have made outstanding contributions in the promotion, enrichment, and development of Chinese Singaporean culture.

Award Categories

  • Individual
  • Organisation



Trophy, S$10,000 cash prize and a maximum of S$10,000 project funding (application subject to approval, and on a reimbursement basis)


Trophy, S$10,000 cash prize and a maximum of S$20,000 project funding (application subject to approval, and on a reimbursement basis)



Living Singapore citizens or PRs. No restriction on age, gender or ethnicity.


Singapore-registered non-commercial organisations.

Selection Criteria

Dedication and recognition in the field

1. Tireless dedication to the practice of the chosen field.

2. Exemplary influence and inspirational role model, a respected figure of the chosen field.

Cultural promotion efforts

3. Strong and wide promotional efforts (e.g. education, community involvement, etc.) in the chosen field.

4. Effectiveness in promoting and enhancing the social standing and international influence of the chosen field.

5. Facilitating greater awareness and deeper understanding of Chinese culture and language.

Transmission of tradition

6. Sustainable development of the chosen field through the transmission of tradition to young practitioners.

Innovation and breakthrough

7. Fostering cultural exchanges and collaborations with other ethnic groups in chosen field.

8. Achieving breakthroughs in the chosen field, thereby moulding our distinctive local culture.

Frequently Asked Questions

About The Award

The SCCCA recognises individuals and organisations from various cultural sectors, who have made outstanding contributions in the promotion, enrichment, propagation, and development of Chinese Singaporean culture. More importantly, this award recognises contributions made by both practitioners and non-practitioners working in related fields.

The award is open to nominations from the fields of Arts, Heritage, Popular Culture, and Creative Design.

  • Arts field may include the literary arts, performing arts, visual arts, film and others.
  • Heritage field may include customs and traditions that are practised today such as food, martial arts, traditional crafts and others.
  • Popular Culture field may include mass media sectors such as television, radio and others.
  • Creative Design field may include visual, product, fashion, architecture, environmental design and others.

The nominees could be:

  • Practitioners or organisations directly involved in the various fields (e.g. dancers, chefs, architects etc.) or
  • Individuals or organisations engaged in the various fields through their own disciplines (e.g. dance critics, food researchers, design curators, etc.)

There is no overlapping between the two awards. The SCCCA recognises contributions made beyond the fine arts, to include the wider realm of heritage, popular culture and creative design.

Yes, it is conferred once annually.


Yes. Nominators may submit more than one nomination for each award.

No. Singapore Chinese Cultural Contribution Award only accepts nominations for living Singapore citizens and PRs.

No. It is assessed according to the extent to which nominees meet the criteria for the Award. The number of nominators or nominations does not affect the prospects of a nominee receiving the Award.

Yes. There is no restriction on age, gender or ethnicity. Non-Chinese, who have made outstanding contributions to Chinese Singaporean culture are eligible to be nominated.

Yes, your nominee would have to be informed as the form requires the nominee’s particulars and signature.

Yes. They are eligible to be nominated and to win an Award even if their works and contributions were made through non-Chinese language medium, such as English, Malay, and/or other language medium.

Portfolio Submission

Yes. A nominator may resubmit nomination(s) which was previously not successful. However, please include the nominee’s updated portfolio and CV.

You are strongly encouraged to include any other materials, including letters of support, media reviews, articles, and critical essays, which best reflect the level of excellence and impact of the nominees’ work on the local Chinese cultural scene.

Selection Process

No. Recipients are assessed based on how well they meet the Award’s criteria and there is no set quota or target number of recipients

The Award process starts with a public nomination, and shortlisting of the nominees by the panel of judges. Final recommendations will be put up to the SCCC Board of Directors for approval.

SCCC will inform all successful nominators and nominees about the outcome of their nominations in May.

Prize & Project Funding

Yes. The project funding should be fully utilised within 1 year (12 months) from the date of receiving the award.

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