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Empowering families through Family Matters!

Because FAMILY matters. Our family is the anchor in our lives, bringing us love, joy and warmth. Our family supports us, keeps us rooted and gives meaning to our existence. A happy family does not just happen. It takes effort and commitment. FamilyMatters! empowers you with the resources, knowledge and skills to build a strong, happy family. We partner schools and community partners to bring these resources closer to you at each life stage. We also work with businesses to create a family friendly environment for you and your family.

From 1 Oct 2015, the link ‘www.familymatters.sg’ will no longer be available. For more information on FamilyMatters!, please refer to www.msf.gov.sg/familymatters.
@Community
FamilyMatters@Community offers a variety of skills-based family education programmes to assist families in specific challenging aspects of family life.

These family education programmes seek to empower individuals and families with knowledge and skills to enrich and strengthen their family life and promote positive mindsets and attitudes towards family. Programmes should meet the following criteria: 

a. Skills-based;
b. Informed by evidence, research or best practices;
c. 4 hours & above; and
d. Cover topics on marriage, parenting, family relationships or managing multiple roles in family life

Who can Apply?

Service Providers listed in FamilyMatters@Community's Programme Menu can apply for funding of programmes. 

 

When to Apply?

The next window for funding application will be from 1 May 2016 to 31 May 2016 for FLE programmes (listed in FamilyMatters@Community programme menu) to be conducted from Aug 2016 to Jan 2017.

 

Funding Guidelines and Processes

Feedback and Evaluation

Contact Information For queries, please email us at familymatters@msf.gov.sg.
@School
FamilyMatters@School equips parents and young adults with skills to nurture positive family relationships. We work closely with schools, parent support groups and parent volunteers so that parents can easily access family education programmes that help them better connect with their children. We also work with local universities that reach out to young adults, helping them improve their social and relationship skills. 

For Primary/Secondary Schools/Junior Colleges

List of Schools on Board

Please click here to find out the respective MSF officer in-charge of your schools.

FamilyMatters@School Programme Menu

The new programme menu is now available. Please click here for a list of family education programmes for primary/secondary schools and JCs. Please refer to this webpage for periodic updates to the programme menu.

The current programme menu will lapse on 30 June 2016. From April to June 2016, schools may tap on this programme menu to conduct programmes that fall under the parenting category only.

Submission

Deadlines

  • Deadlines for document submissions: 29 July 2016 and 30 December 2016
  • For April – December 2016 funding cycle, all payments must be made in IFAAS system and approved by school’s approving officer by 20 December 2016, 5pm.

Documents to be submitted

(For SPED schools, please refer to “Documents to be submitted for SPED schools”)

1a Participant Feedback Form (English)
Feedback Forms are distributed to parents who attend programmes conducted from the programme menu. Please do not submit the individual Participant Feedback Form to MSF. Consolidate the individual feedback forms into the Evaluation Summary, and email the Evaluation Summary to MSF by the deadlines listed above.
1b Participant Feedback Form (Chinese)
Feedback Forms are distributed to parents who attend programmes conducted from the programme menu. Please do not submit the individual Participant Feedback Form to MSF. Consolidate the individual feedback forms into the Evaluation Summary, and email the Evaluation Summary to MSF by the deadlines listed above.
1c Evaluation Summary for Participant Feedback Forms
2 Attendance List for programmes from programme menu, and Fathers’ programmes
3 Programme Report
Programme Reports are only required for Fathers’ Programmes (not from the programme menu)
4a Yearly Report for April – December 2016: For schools on non evidence-based parenting programmes
4b Yearly Report for April – December 2016: For schools on evidence-based parenting programmes
5 Letter of Certification for Payment to Coordinator: For schools on non evidence-based parenting programmes.
Letter need not be submitted to MSF. To be filed with the school.
6 Letter of Certification for Payment to Coordinator: For schools on evidence-based parenting programmes.
Letter need not be submitted to MSF. To be filed with the school.

Documents to be submitted for SPED schools

SPED schools are required to use the following documents listed below for submission to MSF. Please note that the reimbursement claims must be made within a month. Please refer to the guidelines for more information.

1a School Cover Letter
Feedback Forms are distributed to parents who attend programmes conducted from the programme menu. Please do not submit the individual Participant Feedback Form to MSF. Consolidate the individual feedback forms into the Evaluation Summary, and email the Evaluation Summary to MSF by the deadlines listed above.
2 Monthly Reimbursement Form
Explanatory Notes for Monthly Reimbursement Form
3a Participant Feedback Form (English)
Feedback Forms are distributed to parents who attend programmes conducted from the programme menu. Please do not submit the individual Participant Feedback Form to MSF. Consolidate the individual feedback forms into the Evaluation Summary, and print the summary tab for submission.
3b Participant Feedback Form (Chinese)
Feedback Forms are distributed to parents who attend programmes conducted from the programme menu. Please do not submit the individual Participant Feedback Form to MSF. Consolidate the individual feedback forms into the Evaluation Summary, and print the summary tab for submission.
3c Evaluation Summary for Parents Participant Feedback Forms
Please print the summary tab for submission.
4a Student Participant Feedback Form
Please do not submit the individual Participant Feedback Form to MSF. Consolidate the individual feedback forms into the Evaluation Summary, and print the summary tab for submission.
4b Evaluation Summary for Students Participant Feedback Forms
Please print the summary tab for submission.
5 Programme Report
6 Letter of Certification for Payment to Coordinator
7 Coordinator’s Timesheet
Timesheet need not be submitted to MSF. To be filed with the school.

Other Reference Documents

To find out more, please contact us at familymatters@msf.gov.sg.


FamilyMatters@School for Fathers

(The section below is only applicable for schools that are not on FamilyMatters@School programme)


The fathering movement in Singapore started in November 2009 with a bold mission by Dads for Life to ‘inspire, mobilise and involve fathers to become good influencers in their children’s lives for life’. The movement has gained traction over the years with extensive outreach into close to 300 schools and approximately 3,000 fathers per year.

With effect from 1 April 2014, Fathers@Schools programmes will be funded under MSF’s FamilyMatters@School.

Renamed “FamilyMatters@School for Fathers”, this funding for father-child bonding programmes will replace Fathers@Schools. All schools registered under Fathers@Schools will continue to be eligible to apply for funding under this re-named entity. Please click here for the funding criteria and quantum.

Please submit the reimbursement documents and claims within 8 weeks upon completion of event, using the documents below. Please mail the documents to:

FamilyMatters@School
Family Link@Lengkok Bahru
8 Lengkok Bahru
#02-01 Singapore 159052

To find out more on FamilyMatters@School for Fathers, please email familymatters@msf.gov.sg using header “FamilyMatters@School for Fathers”.

@Business
Through its FamilyMatters@Business initiative, the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) encourages businesses to adopt strategies, infrastructure and services that cater to families. While families could benefit from family-friendly services and products, businesses could reap the rich potential of the family market. The initiative also aims to raise an awareness of and demand for businesses that cater to families.

FamilyMatters@Business Grant

MSF’s FamilyMatters@Business Grant helped eligible businesses adopt and implement practices that welcome families. It was a $4 million fund, spread over three years from April 2013 to March 2016.
Applications for the FamilyMatters@Business Grant have closed. Please view our FAQs for more information.

Businesses For Families Pledge

The Businesses for Families Pledge is a sign of commitment from businesses that they will undertake efforts to make their businesses welcoming to families. Businesses are encouraged to take the first step to becoming family-friendly by signing the Pledge. For details of the Pledge, please click here !

Businesses For Families Mark

The Businesses for Families Mark is a national accreditation programme. It gives further impetus for businesses to go the extra mile to cater to families. Businesses which meet specific standards relating to their Strategy, Service, Infrastructure and Business Outcomes (Results) will be awarded the Mark. For details of the Mark, please click here!

@Building Capability

Funding scheme to support Family Life Education Sector

The BuildingCapabilityforFamilyMatters funding scheme supports projects that seek to enhance the capability of the Family Life Education sector in Singapore through the following:

  1. Development of new family life education content
  2. Training to upgrade the skills of family life educators
  3. Research on family issues that contributes to family life programmes
For more information, please email familymatters@msf.gov.sg.

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DATE PUBLISHED: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
LAST REVIEWED: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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