Singapore: A Memorandum of Understanding to establish a new S$500,000 Maritime Heritage Fund has been signed between the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the National Heritage Board (NHB).
Complementing NHB’s S$5m Heritage Grant Scheme launched last year, the Maritime Heritage Fund will be jointly administered by MPA and NHB, and implemented from July 2014 to March 2017. MPA will be providing the funding, and together with NHB, evaluate the project applications.
The Maritime Heritage Fund aims to raise the profile of Singapore’s maritime heritage by promoting national pride in Singapore’s success as a maritime nation, and drawing links to her rich trading past to raise awareness, interest and understanding of the industry. The fund will specifically target community-initiated projects related to maritime heritage, including walks, multi-media productions, exhibitions, conferences, seminars and lectures amongst others.
The new fund supports the existing outreach efforts by both agencies, to inspire Singaporeans to take a greater interest in and ownership of our shared heritage. This is in line with NHB’s commitment to preserve and celebrate Singapore’s history and heritage, working closely with Singaporeans for this common goal. The fund also gives MPA an additional platform to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of Singapore’s maritime sector and its heritage.
Andrew Tan, chief executive of MPA, said, “We are delighted to partner with NHB to launch a new Maritime Heritage Fund to support projects from the community that will raise the profile of Singapore’s rich and diverse maritime history. The fund is part of the MPA’s greater outreach efforts to instil a sense of pride amongst Singaporeans and to boost interest in the maritime sector.” [21/07/14]