Helping Singapore groups make a difference

Jetstar's Flying Start Program invites community groups and organisations across Singapore to apply for a grant to fund a project that will enrich the lives of people in their local community.

Tell us your project story and you could receive a $20,000 grant.

About the Program

  • Every day Jetstar flies thousands of people, helping unite family and friends to share special holiday experiences with their accessible and affordable fares.

    Our staff do their very best, every day to get you where you want to go, and to ensure every Jetstar experience you have is as enjoyable as possible.

    But there are some people who need more from us than just low fares.

  • Entry is open to Singapore based not-for-profit community groups and organisations of any size, who are seeking funding to help enhance the lives of people in the community they support; and can be classified into one of the following categories.

    • Charity

    • Educational
      and Health

    • Sporting Group
      or Organisation

    • Arts Group or

    Ideally, the organisation should have a specific project in mind for how the grant will be used to benefit the community they support.

  • Grants will be awarded half-yearly from 1 April 2014.

    Judges will gather in the week after the closing date for quarterly grant applications and select a community group or organisation to be the grant recipient.

    All applicants will be notified within 30 days of the applications close date each quarter and told whether or not they have been successful. Grants will be awarded quarterly.

    Judges will gather within six weeks after the closing date for quarterly grant applications and select a community group or organisation to be the grant recipient.

    All applicants will be notified within six weeks of the applications close date each quarter and told whether or not they have been successful.

    • $10,000 Cash

    • $10,000 worth of travel
      with Jetstar anywhere
      on the Jetstar network

    • Promotion of their community group or organisation on Jetstar’s website and Facebook page

    • National and local level
      media leverage to be
      facilitated by Jetstar
      PR agency partner

    All grant will consist of the same elements, to ensure fairness and transparency.

    Each grant will be worth $20,000, comprising $10,000 cash and $10,000 worth of Jetstar travel.

    • 1

      The extent to which the community group or organisation is seeking funding to help enhance the lives of people in their local community in the areas of charity, health, sport, education or the arts.

    • 2

      The extent to which the community group or organisation can maximise benefits to their local community with the Jetstar Flying Start grant (i.e. the extent to which they have a tangible project or activity in mind to utilise the grant).

    • 3

      The extent to which the project or activity will celebrate and highlight the work of the community group or organisation and help boost the profile and strength of the group for the future within twelve months of the grant being awarded.

Flying Start Stories

  • Nusantara Development Initiatives

    Congratulations to Nusantara Development Initiatives (NDI), a non-profit social enterprise that tackles the problem of energy poverty by empowering women in rural Indonesia. The group has been awarded the fourth Jetstar Flying Start grant, to help “Mothers of Light’ train more women in villages to be solar lamp entrepreneurs. Not only do the women earn a living through the sale of lamps, the potential widespread adoption of the environment-friendly solar lamps will also reduce CO2 emissions.

    As one out of every four Indonesians does not have access to electricity, their choices are to rely on kerosene, which can be an expensive and harmful. The alternative is to have no light after dark, preventing children from studying at night. With Jetstar’s grant of $10,000 cash and $10,000 flights, more Mothers, or Ibu Rumah Terang, will be trained to encourage fellow villagers to switch from kerosene lamps to solar lamps, which only require sunlight to operate.

    The Flying Start judging panel loved the ingenious concept of promoting sustainable energy and enabling women, especially mothers, to gain financial independence whilst at same time educating and driving social impact in Indonesia.

    For more information, please visit

  • Culture Kitchen

    Congratulations to Culture Kitchen, an organisation that promotes cultural exchange between locals and migrant workers through food. As the third recipient of Jetstar's Flying Start grant of S$20,000 in Singapore, the organisation can now institutionalise Culture Kitchen by locking in a series of ‘Kitchen’ gatherings, setting up education funds for foreign nationals and their children in Singapore, and providing flights for low income Myanmar nationals in need of aid to return home.

    Led by Ms Adrianna Tan, Culture Kitchen was set up in 2013 and had organised three ‘Kitchens’, each with a specific national or community as its theme. It held its first gathering in September 2013 where Briyani was featured, and guests from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Malaysia and Singapore were invited to kick-off the inaugural event. Myanmar specialties and Pakistani delights have also been featured, with more than 1,000 participants benefiting from these events so far.

    For more information, please visit

  • Children of Cambodia

    Congratulations to Children of Cambodia, a charity organisation based in Singapore that provides valuable healthcare training programmes to disadvantaged areas in Cambodia, for becoming the second recipient of the Jetstar Flying Start grant. Led by Jonathan Ng, the team will receive a grant of $10,000 cash and $10,000 flights, which will be spent on cross border training for healthcare professionals in Singapore and Cambodia, and a scholarship programme for youth to participate in the organisation’s programmes. Over the last nine years, the group of young adults from Children of Cambodia has created impactful programmes at Angkor Hospital for Children. Driven by a common vision to make a difference, their achievements include setting up an open heart surgery programme, opening an intensive care ward for new borns in partnership with National University Healthcare System and creating a burns programme with Singapore General Hospital. By providing a structure for Singapore doctors to train their counterparts in Cambodia, these partnerships have gradually transformed Angkor Hospital from a small and ill-equipped clinic to one which is able to perform over 200 surgeries a year, and sees more than 400 children everyday.

    Running the project entirely on school allowance has proven to be challenging. With the $20, 000 Jetstar Flying Start grant, Children of Cambodia can look forward to creating sponsorships for more youths to take in the project, as well as paying for trips for healthcare providers to participate in cross-border training and education. With a focus on commitment and knowledge transfer, the group’s ultimate goal is to enable local doctors to be self-sufficient, thereby achieving self-elimination from each project.

  • Project Give Pray Love

    Congratulations to Project Give Pray Love, a charity programme that provides aid to villages in southern Vietnam, has been awarded the first Jetstar Flying Start grant in Singapore. The grant comprising of $10,000 cash and $10,000 flights will allow the Project reach even more beneficiaries in Vị Thủy, Sóc Trăng and Kien Giang villages, located six hours from Ho Chi Minh City. For over 20 years, mother and daughter team, Monique Lim and Jeanine Lim, have been helping these communities through their personal capacity, providing necessities and helping children stay in school longer.

    The grant will enable Project Give Pray Love to embark on new initiatives, such as starting a food donation project by offering food and rice, as well as providing more bicycles so children do not walk long distances to school. The provision of tuition fees for more will also ensure the younger generation receives more education for a better future.

Meet the Panel

  • Barathan Pasupathi - Jetstar Asia CEO

    Barathan Pasupathi

    Jetstar Asia CEO

    Bara was appointed CEO of Jetstar Asia and Valuair in May 2012. He is passionate about community work, which includes being Treasurer for the Children’s Cancer Foundation and Singapore Nature Society, and Vice Chairman of Camp Rainbow.

  • Jeffrey Pang - Jetstar Asia Pilot

    Jeffrey Pang

    Jetstar Asia Pilot

    Jeffrey has been flying the friendly skies since 2009. Prior to this, he spent 18 years flying helicopters with the Republic of Singapore Air Force. Jeffrey regularly helps to deliver food to needy families in the York Hill area as part of Yong En Care Centre community services.

  • Elim Chew - Social entrepreneur

    Elim Chew

    Social entrepreneur

    Elim is the Founder and President of 77th Street (S) Pte Ltd. Currently, she sits on over 20 boards and committees of public service, youth and community organizations such as being the Board of Director of *SCAPE, an iconic youth community space.

  • Emily Teng - Social enterprise champion

    Emily Teng

    Social enterprise champion

    Emily Teng is often seen running around the streets of Singapore for her non-profit organisation World Change Agents Inc. In 2007, what started out as a small recycling project run out of Emily’s wardrobe, quickly turned into a motivation for action, it now has more than 200 youth participants managing over 10 community projects.

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Contact Details

Alternatively, you can submit your entry form by downloading,
printing out and posting into Jetstar at Singapore Changi Airport
Terminal 1, PO Box 115, Singapore 918144

Entry Form

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