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Overview of the stART Fund

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The arts shape each of us into the people we are today. It broadens our perspectives, enriches our lives, and provides the building blocks that shape the Singaporean spirit.

The National Arts Council (NAC) introduced the Sustain the Arts (stART) Fund in 2021 to catalyse giving and develop the organisational capabilities of small arts organisations, empowering them in the continual creation of our vibrant arts scene. Supported by the private sector, the stART Fund aims to cultivate a shared ownership of our local arts scene and to boost the long-term sustainability of small arts organisations.

With the generosity of our donors, the stART Fund has supported over 60 arts organisations to scale-up their practice and deliver impactful programmes for the community. Find out more about the achievements of the stART Fund recipients.

Giving to the arts is a gift that keeps on giving, with profound impact on the community. Arts organisations, especially those which are small or just starting out, may need more help in their fundraising efforts.

Donate now and partner us to build an arts scene that we can all be proud of. All donations $10 and above are eligible for 250% tax deduction.

For legacy giving, named funds, or if you would like to learn more about giving to the arts, please contact the stART Secretariat at

Founding Donors


Mr Danny Yong
Founder Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Dymon Asia Capital and Founder, Yong Hon Kong Foundation

Mr Yong has generously pledged to donate $1,000,000 towards the stART Fund as its first Founding Donor. The National Arts Council is pleased to name two awards under the stART Fund to the Yong Hon Kong Foundation and Dymon Asia Capital:

  • Dymon Asia Emerging Artists Award


  • Yong Hon Kong Foundation Inclusive Arts Award



Tote Board
Tote Board has generously pledged a donation of $2,000,000. Through the stART Fund, Tote Board hopes to boost the ability of smaller arts organisations to raise funds, scale operations and enhance their governance.

Major Donors


Mr Osbert Lyman
Mr Lyman, Co-Founder of Lyman Group has generously pledged a donation of $210,000 to establish The Lyman Fund, which will go towards the promotion of Traditional Chinese Arts and the nurturing of emerging Chinese visual artists and calligraphists. 


Mr Pierre Lorinet
Mr Lorinet is the Chairman of our stART Fund Committee and also serves on various boards including the Trafigura Group and the National Arts Council. Mr. Lorinet has generously pledged to donate $250,000 as a Major Donor to the stART Fund.


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Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands reaffirms its commitment to the development of Singapore's arts scene with a donation of $500,000, through the establishment of the Sands Innovative Arts Fund.

The Fund will go towards supporting emerging artists in their creative outreach to our community, which includes tapping on new technologies and/or innovative ways that challenge traditional artmaking and/or audience engagement.



Resorts World Sentosa

Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) has generously pledged a donation of $200,000 to empower artists in their creative expression of environmental sustainability and audience engagement, through the establishment of the Singapore Oceanarium by RWS Sustainability Arts Fund.

The Fund will support programmes of various arts forms relating to oceans, marine biodiversity, and/or sustainability to drive meaningful conversations in Singapore and beyond.

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United Overseas Bank (UOB)
UOB has generously pledged a donation of $200,000 to establish the UOB Digital Art Grant, which will go towards fostering transformation and to support the art community in realising creative pursuits using digital technologies.