A Community Development Council (abbreviation: CDC; Chinese: 社区发展理事会; ms|Majlis Pembangunan Masyarakat; ta|சமூக மேம்பாட்டு மன்றம்) is a government-led program to organize grassroot organisations and community programs into smaller, local units as a bridge between the government and the community in Singapore. It encourages volunteerism from wider community, and organizes community and social assistance programs with the help of a monetary grant from the government. They are governed by the Community Development Council Rules 1997.


There are currently five Community Development Councils as of 27 July 2020: The council boundaries follow that of the existing political divisions, with each handling between four and six GRCs and SMCs and roughly dividing the country's population into equal parts. Each CDC is managed by a Council, which in turn is headed by a mayor and has between 12 and 80 members. The members are appointed by the Chairman or Deputy Chairman of the People's Association.


The CDCs are funded by an annual sum from the government directly proportionate to the number of residents living within their jurisdiction at a rate of S$1 per person. They are free to conduct their own fund-raising programs, which the government will match S$3 for every S$1 raised, up to a cap of S$40 million a year from 2018 financial year. Previously, the cap was S$24 million a year. The government also pays for the councils' operational costs, including that for its offices.


External links

Official site
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