SchemesSG: A searchable, indexable directory of aid and assistance schemes in Singapore

Elderly man facing a shelf of tools

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With so many aid and assistance schemes scattered across organisations, ministries, and institutions, how should social workers and volunteers identify the most relevant ones for the individuals and communities with whom they work? In response, Tan Weilie created SchemesSG (, a searchable, indexable directory of schemes in Singapore. We hear more about how he got started with a minimum viable product and his own list, before we appeal to you, our listeners, to contribute to his crowdsourcing request.

Weilie explained in his publicity Facebook post that the long-term vision is to have schemes curated and delivered conversationally, such that any user could type in “My client is a 45-year-old man with a 76-year-old chronically ill parent”, and relevant results would be generated.

My conversation with Weilie is part of our 2021 focus on civil society groups, efforts, and issues in Singapore ( The feature photo is by Ng Shi Wen.

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