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The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund

The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund was initiated on Children’s Day (October 1) in the year 2000 by The Straits Times, to heighten public awareness of the plight of children from low-income families who were attending school without proper breakfast, or pocket money to sustain their day in school. The aim is to alleviate the financial burden faced by parents in providing for their children’s education. At the same time the funds will help children who are already facing difficulties in remaining in school to stay on.

How much does a beneficiary receive? The amount disbursed is as follows:Primary Level: $45 per month Secondary level, with exception to special schools: $80 per month

What are the eligibility criteria?To be eligible for The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, the applicant (i.e. the child) must be:

  • Singapore citizens or permanent residents
  • Full-time students receiving formal education in the following institutions:
    • mainstream primary or secondary school
    • a special education school, Vocational School for the Handicapped
    • religious school
  • Living in an HDB four-room flat or smaller
  • From a family whose per capita household income is not more than $450
    (i.e the average income, per family member, living in the household should not be more than $450) Agencies’ approval is based on set of eligibility criteria and assessment of the family’s financial situation. Based on the assessment of the case, social workers recommend the disbursement.

Disbursing Agencies include:
– Family Service Centres
– Special Education/ Vocational Schools
– Disability Voluntary Welfare Organisations

– Children’s Homes Disbursement of the pocket money to the beneficiary is done on a monthly basis, until they complete their secondary education. Administering agencies are still receiving fresh applications as more needy families are identified.


Note: TWSS Has Formalized Link with Disbursing Agencies

MOE-FAS applicants who are applying for the School Pocket Money Fund, parents must sign the parental consent form for the referral to Family Service Centre near their home.

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