Write a Singapore neighbourhood story, win S$50,000 in grant

Singapore bank announces storytellers grant of a SGD 150,000 to be awarded to three winning storytellers

POSB, which calls itself Singapore’s neighbourhood bank, has announced the POSB Storytellers Grant, a SGD 150,000 initiative to fund the creation of works from aspiring storytellers that provide contemporary and refreshed perspectives on Singapore’s ‘new neighbourhoods’.

These storytellers could be anyone, from photographers to writers, artists to videographers, or simply just the man-on-the-street with a unique tale, said POSB Bank in a statement on 24 April. The grant of SGD150,000 will be awarded to three winners to produce a story about the new neighbourhood and share it with the community.

The initiative has been launched as part of the bank’s SG50 initiative NeighboursFirst.

The grant aims to uncover and share compelling stories that redefine the way Singaporeans see our neighbourhoods and communities today, the bank said in its statement.

“There is a soul to our neighbourhoods and we know that there are many simple yet meaningful stories that go untold,” said Derrick Goh, Head of POSB. “As the People’s Bank, we want to reach out to aspiring storytellers as the wonderful interactions that go on within our neighbourhoods form a crucial part of Singapore’s identity. Our hope is that by capturing these stories and sharing them with the wider public, we can help Singaporeans see our communities with fresh perspectives, bring us closer together and ignite new possibilities.”

In December last year, POSB also launched NeighboursFirst.SG, a story-telling platform which allows the general public to rediscover their neighbourhood through content that celebrates the unique Singaporean identity.

Aspiring storytellers who wish to participate in the POSB Storytellers Grant can sign up via http://www.posb.com.sg/storytellersgrant. A judging panel led by Goh will select the three most compelling stories, and the grant’s funds will go towards the development and execution of these inspiring neighbourhood stories into pieces that can be easily shared with the public. These could be anything from a painting to a video to a song. Submission of entries is open for everyone until 31 May 2015.