School Pocket Money Fund



The School Pocket Money Fund (SPMF) is a community project initiated by The Straits Times, which provides pocket money to children from low-income families to help them through school. Children can use this money for school-related expenses, such as meals during recess, bus fares or other schooling expenses.



Primary school students receive $60 a month, Secondary school students receive $95 a month and Post-Secondary students receive $120 a month.  

Straits Times SPMF is committed to helping children and youth who meet the eligibility criteria by providing them with school pocket money for two years.



Applicants have to fulfil the following criteria to be eligible for the Fund:

  • A Singapore citizen or permanent resident
  • A full-time student studying in the following institutions:
    • a mainstream school (Primary / Secondary/Junior College/Centralised Institute/ITE/Polytechnic)
    • a specialised / special education school
    • a specialised independent school
    • a religious school such as a madrasah
  • Living in a HDB four-room flat or a smaller unit
  • From a family whose per capita gross monthly household income is not more than $625. This means that the total family income divided by the number of family members should not exceed $625 per member per month. For example, if the family has five members, the total gross monthly household income should not exceed $3,125.
  • For post-secondary – a student is 20 years of age or younger at point of application.



Client Services Unit
For more information, please contact: 1800 295 3333 or email: queries@sinda.org.sg