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Be Empowered to Explore and Create

The Special Projects Award (SPA) funds projects from students, staff and alumni with the potential to impact the arts and design scene.

Besides connecting the NAFA community to both the local and international arts scenes, they also promote collaboration and encourage students, staff and alumni alike to pursue innovative practice and research.

What is Supported?


The SPA supports projects that raise NAFA’s profile and demonstrate innovation and relevance to local and global issues, culture and heritage.

Competitions and Showcases

For projects that accomplish the following:

  • Respond to a local or internationally acclaimed competition
  • Respond to a local or international arts or design festival
  • Respond to a local or international arts or design event open call for a showcase or performance

Research and Innovation


For projects that accomplish the following:

  • Create new knowledge through investigation and deep inquiry into creative practices and the creative arts landscape
  • Address local or global problems, like issues to do with an ageing population, sustainability or the environment
  • Instigate innovation and generate new insights

Community and Placemaking


For projects that achieve the following:

  • Engage communities meaningfully through arts and design
  • Promote inclusivity and diversity
  • Bring communities together and enrich the greater NAFA community

The award is capped at S$25,000 per project, and projects may receive full or partial funding depending on scale and complexity. Funds can be used to cover the professional fees of personnel involved and any material costs.

When Can You Apply?

Application is open all year round. Up to three projects will be awarded each year.

Who Can Apply?

Staff, alumni and nominated students with projects that fit into a relevant category are welcome to apply.

You can apply as an individual artist/designer, or as a collective of up to four artists with a primary applicant who can undertake responsibility for the group.

Download the application guidelines here. (PDF document)

Download the application form here. (PDF document)

Download the budget form here. (Excel document)

Contact Us

Get in touch at [email protected] to find out more.