The Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations (SFCCA) was formally inaugurated on 27 January 1986 under the joint sponsorship of Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan, Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan, Singapore Kwang Tung Association, Nanyang Khek Community Guild, The Singapore Hainan Hwee Kuan, Sam Kiang Huay Kwan, and Singapore Foochow Association. The Federation's primary objectives are to promote understanding and appreciation of Chinese language, culture and values, to strengthen cooperation among the clan associations, as well as to organise and support educational, cultural and community activities.

Since its inception, the Federation has initiated many social and cultural activities within the Chinese community, all of which aim to promote Chinese virtues and traditions, and the Chinese language. As its influence expanded, the Federation became a major organisation in the Singapore Chinese community.

Starting with 70 members, the Federation's first office was located at the second floor of the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Building in Telok Ayer Street. To promote a more open and inclusive environment, the Federation has revised its constitution in 2012 to offer associate membership to cultural-based clubs and associations. It now boasts a membership of over 230.

In 1992, the Federation worked with the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCCI) to establish the Chinese Development Assistance Council, to provide assistance to the less privileged in the Chinese community. This is followed by founding of the Chinese Heritage Centre in 1995 to advance knowledge and understanding of the ethnic Chinese communities in different parts of the world. 

In 2004, the Federation jointly set up the Chinese Language and Culture Fund with SCCCI, to promote the learning of Chinese language and culture in Singapore. The Federation introduced the SFCCA Scholarship in 2011 which aims to nurture talented bilingual local students. A year later, the Federation spearheaded the project to set up the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, which aims to promote local Chinese culture development, racial harmony and cultural identity.

Over the years, the Federation has organised numerous major cultural activities, including the annual Singapore River HongBao during the Lunar New Year.  It has also organised a series of cultural activities including conferences and seminarscultural camps for students and Chinese variety concerts, as well as various exhibitions depicting Chinese customs and culture.

The Federation has also published many books and magazines. These include its bi-monthly magazine "Yuan", as well as "Oneness" a quarterly magazine targeted at new immigrants. Other publications include: "A General History Of The Chinese In Singapore" which documents the history, achievements and contributions of the local Chinese community since landing of Sir Stamford Raffles, "A History of Chinese Clan Associations in Singapore", "Chinese Customs and Festivals in Singapore", "Lee Kuan Yew on the Chinese Community in Singapore", "Lee Kuan Yew and the Chinese Community", "Goh Chok Tong and the Chinese Community". It has produced a video on the history of Singapore clan associations entitled "A Reflection of Our Past". Moving with the times, the Federation has rolled out mobile app "Publication Directory of the Clan Associations in Singapore" for public to view clan associations' publications, and "Dreams of our Pioneers" which serves as an audio guide for the history gallery in its own premises.

On 1 May 1997, the Federation moved into its current building at 397, Lorong 2 Toa Payoh. The new building has a selection of well-facilitated function rooms which allows the Federation to host a wide range of activities befitting its role in society.

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