Resources

Singapore offers a range of assistance schemes to help businesses succeed. We have compiled a list of business grants and initiatives in this one-stop resource page for you, categorised by the stage and function of your businesses.

Start-up (1-3 Years Old)

Startup SG Tech (Micro)
Startup SG
Provides funding for startups to carry out Proof-of-Concept and Proof-of-Value trials for innovative technologies.

Startup SG Equity (Micro)
Startup SG

To catalyse private sector investments into local-based technology startups with strong IP and global potential.

As part of the Startup SG Equity scheme, the government will:
(i) Co-invest with independent, qualified third party investors into eligible startups; and
(ii) Invest in selected venture capital firms that will in turn invest into eligible startups, through a fund-of-funds approach.

The investment cap for general tech startups is $2M, and $8M for deep tech startups. The co-investment ratio for first institutional round and before for general tech startups is 7:3 up to the first $250K and 1:1 thereafter, up to $2M. The co-investment ration for deep tech startups is 7:3 up to the first $500K, 1:1 from $500K to $4M, and 3:7 thereafter, up to $8M. For second institutional round and onwards:

  • General Tech: 1:1 thereafter, up to S$2 million
  • Deep tech: 1:1 thereafter, up to S$4 million; 3:7 thereafter, up to S$8 million

Early-stage deep tech startups based in Singapore, with a primary focus on Advanced Manufacturing, Pharmbio/Medtech, Agri-food tech can have a minimum fund size of S$30M. The Investee Fund can invest up to 20% of its fund size per investee company. Total investments by the Investee Fund into Singapore-based deep tech startups should minimally be matched against EDBI’s capital commitment using a 1:1 ratio or at least 20% of the total fund size.

Startup SG Accelerator (Micro)
Startup SG
Supports incubators and accelerators in strategic growth sectors that take on the role of catalysing growth opportunities for high potential startups through their programmes, mentorship and provision of resources.

Startup SG Founder (Micro)
Startup SG
Provides mentorship and startup capital grant to first-time entrepreneurs with innovative business ideas. The enhanced Startup SG Founder scheme will comprise of 2 tracks:

Through SSGF, first-time founders can access funding through a startup grant and mentorship from Accredited Mentor Partners (AMPs). This includes pitch training, networking opportunities with investors and corporates, secretarial and accounting support.

With effect from 1 April 2024*, EnterpriseSG will support all successful startup grant recipients on a 1:1 support ratio, for a grant amount from S$20,000 to S$50,000. Applicants will have to work with their respective AMPs and submit their applications to EnterpriseSG. Following which, applicants are required to inject co-matching paid-up capital into the startup at a 1:1 ratio to the grant quantum that they are applying for(e.g. S$20,000 capital is required for S$20,000 grant quantum).

Co-matching capital may also originate from AMP’s/ third party’s investment into the startup (e.g. convertible / SAFE notes) in lieu of paid-up capital. Applicants are required to provide at least 50% of the co-matching capital in the form of paid-up capital on ACRA Bizfile at point where application is submitted to EnterpriseSG.

Startup SG Talent (Micro)
Startup SG
Supports startups’ talent needs.

Schemes under this pillar include: EntrePass, T-Up, Global Ready Talent Programme (GRT), Tech@SG Programme, Global Tech Talent Alliance (GTTA), and Innovation & Enterprise Fellowship Programme (IFP).

Startup SG Infrastructure (Micro)
Startup SG
Provides physical spaces (e.g. LaunchPad @one-north) for startups to grow, experiment, and flourish.

SEEDS Capital (Micro, SME)
Enterprise Singapore (ESG)
As the investment arm of Enterprise Singapore, SEEDS Capital seeks to catalyse smart monies in Singapore-based, early-stage technology startups. SEEDS co-invests with institutional investors in innovative startups with strong intellectual content and global market potential.

SEEDS Capital co-invests in startups with the following ratio:

  • For first institutional round and before:
    • General Tech: 7:3 up to the first $250,000 from SEEDS Capital; 1:1 thereafter, up to S$2 milllion
    • Deep Tech: 7:3 up to the firdt $500,000 from SEEDS Capital; 1:1 thereafter, up to S$4 million; 3:7 thereafter, up to S$8 million
  • For second institutional round and onwards:
    • General Tech: 1:1 thereafter, up to S$2 million
    • Deep tech: 1:1 thereafter, up to S$4 million; 3:7 thereafter, up to S$8 million

Enterprise Financing Scheme (EFS) (Micro, SME, MNC)
Enterprise Singapore (ESG)

  • Provides support for businesses at various stages of growth to access financing and stronger support for young businesses.
  • EFS covers seven different areas – green growth projects, working capital, fixed assets, venture debt, trade, projects, and mergers and acquisitions.
  • EFS-Green is open for applications until 31 Mar 2026. All applications must reach ESG and be approved by a partner financial institution by 31 Mar 2026.
  • The maximum loan quantum supported for EFS-Venture Debt will be raised from $5 million to $8 million.
  • As announced at Committee of Supply 2023, the EFS-Venture Debt Programme will be enhanced to extend support to venture debt loans backed by Redeemable Convertible Preference Shares (RCPS), to allow more flexible repayment plans for early-stage /deep tech start-ups with irregular cash flow.
  • The enhanced Enterprise Financing Scheme – Project Loan (EFS – PL) will be further extended till 31 Mar 2025 to support domestic projects for construction enterprises.
  • As announced at Budget 2022, the Enterprise Financing Scheme – Merger & Acquisition (EFS – M&A) will be enhanced for 4 years, from 1 Apr 2022 to 31 Mar 2026, to include domestic M&A activities.
  • As announced in Budget 2024, the maximum loan quantum for Enterprise Financing Scheme – SME Working Capital Loan will be enhanced to S$500,000 permanently from 1 April 2024 onwards
  • Enhancement to maximum loan quantum for EFS – Trade Loan at S$10 million will be extended until 31 March 2025. From 1 April 2024, the enhanced risk share of 70% will be maintained for young enterprises and enterprises trading in challenged markets.

SG:D Spark (Micro, SME)
Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)
Aimed at addressing the key challenges and supporting the growth of promising Singapore-based ICM startups through selected Government tools as well as creation of a vibrant, collaborative ecosystem and network.

IMDA Licensing (Micro, SME, MNC)
Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)
IMDA’s one-stop online services portal provides licence applicants with information they need to complete their applications.

IMDA Regulations (Micro, SME, MNC)
Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)
IMDA has put in place a number of guidelines, acts and code of practices, which bring clarity to the industry as well as provide more informed choices for consumers.

Digital Industry Singapore (DISG) (Micro, SME, MNC)
Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)
A joint office of the Economic Development Board (EDB), Enterprise Singapore (ESG) and Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA). DISG will build up both the consumer technology and enterprise technology segments of the ecosystem.

Business Grants Portal (Micro, SME)
Government
One-stop portal for businesses to apply for grants according to their needs without having to approach multiple agencies.

You can apply on the Business Grants Portal for:

  • Market Readiness Assistance (Enterprise Singapore)
  • Enterprise Development Grant (Enterprise Singapore)
  • Business Improvement Fund (Singapore Tourism Board)
  • Leisure Events Fund (Singapore Tourism Board)
  • Experience Step-Up Fund (Singapore Tourism Board)
  • Aviation Development Fund (Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore)
  • Productivity Solutions Grant
  • Agri-Food Cluster Transformation Fund (Singapore Food Agency)
  • Electric Vehicle Common Charger Grant (Land Transport Authority)
  • Energy Efficiency Grant (EEG)

Tax Exemption Scheme for New Start-Up (Micro, SME, MNC)
Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS)
Tax exemption applicable for all new incorporated Singapore companies in the first 3 consecutive year assessment, except those with principal activity as investment holding and undertakes property development for sale and investment.

50% Corporate Income Tax Rebate for companies in the Year of Assessment 2024, capped at $40,000. Minimum cash payout of $2,000 for smaller companies that employ at least one local employee.

CIT Rebate Cash Grant (Micro, SME, MNC)
Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS)
As announced in Budget 2024, to help companies manage rising costs, a CIT Rebate of 50% of the corporate tax payable will be granted to all taxpaying companies, whether tax resident or not, for YA 2024.

Companies that have employed at least one local employee in 2023 (referred to as “local employee condition”) will receive $2,000 in cash payout (referred to as “CIT Rebate Cash Grant”). Such companies will therefore receive a minimum benefit of $2,000. The maximum total benefits of CIT Rebate and CIT Rebate Cash Grant that a company may receive is $40,000, and it will be granted as follows:

If company meets local employee condition and receives CIT Rebate Cash Grant of $2,000:

  • If CIT Rebate ≤ $2,000, no CIT Rebate to be given.
  • If CIT Rebate > $2,000, CIT Rebate (capped at $40,000) less $2,000 to be given.

If company does not meet local employee condition and does not receive CIT Rebate Cash Grant of $2,000

  • If CIT Rebate > $0, CIT Rebate (capped at $40,000) to be given.

The CIT Rebate Cash Grant is to provide support for smaller companies which would otherwise receive little or no CIT Rebate. To be eligible for the CIT Rebate Cash Grant, a company must have met the local employee condition, that is, the company has made CPF contributions to at least one local (Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident) employee, not including shareholders who are also directors of the company, in the calendar year 2023. Companies, whether tax resident or not, that have met the local employee condition will automatically receive the CIT Rebate Cash Grant by the third quarter of 2024. The CIT Rebate Cash Grant is also extended to registered business trusts and variable capital companies, whether resident or not, that meet the local employee condition. The CIT Rebate Cash Grant will not be taxable.

Enterprise Innovation Scheme (Micro, SME, MNC)
Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS)
To encourage businesses to engage in research and development (“R&D”), innovation and capability development activities.

Existing tax measures will be enhanced and a new tax measure will be introduced. In addition, eligible businesses may opt to convert up to $100,000 of the total qualifying expenditure for each Year of Assessment (“YA”) into cash at a conversion rate of 20%.

The EIS is available for YA 2024 to YA 2028.

Corporate Volunteer Scheme (CVS) (Micro, SME, MNC)
Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS)
To encourage corporate volunteerism, businesses may claim 250% tax deduction on qualifying expenditure incurred from 1 Jul 2016 to 31 Dec 2026 when they send their employees to volunteer and provide services, including secondments, to Institutions of a Public Character (IPCs). From 1 Jan 2024, the scope of qualifying activities will be expanded to include activities which are conducted virtually or outside of the IPCs’ premises, and the qualifying expenditure cap per IPC will be increased from $50,000 to $100,000 per calendar year.

Inclusive Business Programme (Micro, SME)
Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS)
This programme supports inclusive businesses by directly allocating them HDB shop spaces when at least 20% of their employees are persons with disabilities. In addition, inclusive businesses that are SMEs will enjoy a 30% rental discount for their first three years of tenancy, with the option of renewing for another 3 years.

Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (ETSS) (Micro, SME)
Workforce Singapore (WSG)
The ETSS offers additional support for SMEs in the form of higher course fee subsidies. SMEs can receive SkillsFuture funding, of up to 90% of the course fees when they sponsor their employees to attend SSG supported courses.

The following types of training are covered under the Enhanced Training Support for SMEs:

  • CET Centre courses and CET courses offered by the Autonomous Universities, Polytechnics, ITE and the National Institute of Early Childhood development (NIEC): Up to 90% of course fees
  • Certifiable courses (Conducted by External Training Providers): Up to 70% of course fees
  • In-house certifiable training: Course fee subsidies at $15 per hour

Course Fee and Absentee Payroll Funding (Micro, SME)
Workforce Singapore (WSG)
Course Fee and Absentee Payroll Funding are available for employers who sponsor employees for training.

Funding Support for courses offered by SSG-appointed CET Centres:

  • Singapore Citizens (SCs) and Permanent Residents (PRs): Up to 70% of course fees
  • SCs aged ≥ 40 years old (SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy): Up to 90% of course fees
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)(Enhanced Training Support for SMEs),Persons With Disabilities (PwDs) – SCs and PRs: Up to 95% of course fees

Funding Support for Certifiable courses:

  • Courses conducted by external training providers:
    • SCs and PRs: Up to 50% of course fees
    • SCs aged ≥ 40 years old (SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy): Up to 70% of course fees
    • SMEs (Enhanced Training Support for SMEs): Up to 70% of course fees
  • In-house certifiable training:
    • SCs and PRs: $7 per hour
    • SMEs (Enhanced Training Support for SMEs) :$15 per hour
  • Funding Support for Non-certifiable courses:
    • All SCs and PRs: $2 per hour
  • Absentee Payroll Funding for SSG-approved courses for Employers:
    • Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents: $4.50 per hour, capped at $100,000 per enterprise per calendar year
    • Singapore Citizens aged 35 and above (or Persons with Special Needs aged 13 and above), earning a monthly salary ≤$2,300: 95% of hourly basic salary, capped at $13 per hour.

Jobs-Skills Integrators (JSIT) (Mirco, SME)
SkillsFuture Singapore
The Jobs-Skills Integrator (JSIT) initiative is a new introduction to Singapore’s training and placement ecosystem announced at Budget 2023.

JSITs are intermediaries who will work with industry, training and employment facilitation partners to optimise training provision and job matching services for companies and individuals. They will help to aggregate manpower and skills demand, activate supply of training, and help match skilled workers to jobs.

SkillsFuture Singapore, together with Workforce Singapore, and Enterprise Singapore will pilot JSITs in the Precision Engineering, Retail and Wholesale Trade sectors.

The appointed JSITs will start to establish their network of partners which could include but are not limited to:

  • Trade associations and chambers or any other business organisations
  • Unions or any other worker representative groups
  • Training providers
  • Employment agencies
  • Other industry intermediaries such as SkillsFuture Queen Bees and Skills Development Partners

JSITs in the 3 pilot sectors are seeking the partners listed above for collaboration.

VentureForGood (VFG) (Micro, SME)
raiSE
To provide support to Singapore social enterprises across various stages of their development. For new and existing social enterprises that are just starting up, they can apply for a grant with funding of up to $300,000.

Company Above 3 Years Old

Enterprise Development Grant (EDG) (Micro, SME, MNC)
Enterprise Singapore (ESG)

  • Businesses can tap on support for projects in 3 key areas – core capabilities, innovation and productivity, and internationalisation.
  • From 1 Apr 2023, SMEs can receive up to 50% support for EDG (sustainability-related projects may be supported at up to 70% from 1 Apr 2023 to 31 Mar 2026).

Enterprise Financing Scheme (EFS) (Micro, SME, MNC)
Enterprise Singapore (ESG)

  • Provides support for businesses at various stages of growth to access financing.
  • EFS covers 7 different areas – green growth projects, working capital, fixed assets, venture debt, trade, projects, and mergers and acquisitions.
  • EFS-Green is open for applications until 31 Mar 2026. All applications must reach ESG and be approved by a partner financial institution by 31 Mar 2026.
  • The maximum loan quantum supported for EFS-Venture Debt will be raised from $5 million to $8 million.
  • As announced at Committee of Supply 2023, the EFS-Venture Debt Programme will be enhanced to extend support to venture debt loans backed by Redeemable Convertible Preference Shares (RCPS), to allow more flexible repayment plans for early-stage /deep tech start-ups with irregular cash flow.
  • The enhanced ESF – Project Loan will be further extended till 31 Mar 2024 to support domestic projects for construction enterprises.
  • As announced at Budget 2022, the EFS – Merger & Acquisition will be enhanced for 4 years, from 1 Apr 2022 to 31 Mar 2026, to include domestic mergers and acquisitions activities.
  • As announced in Budget 2024, the maximum loan quantum for Enterprise Financing Scheme – SME Working Capital Loan will be enhanced to S$500,000 permanently from 1 April 2024 onwards.
  • Enhancement to maximum loan quantum for EFS – Trade Loan at S$10 million will be extended until 31 March 2025. From 1 April 2024, the enhanced risk share of 70% will be maintained for young enterprises and enterprises trading in challenged markets.

Enterprise Leadership for Transformation (ELT) (SME)
Enterprise Singapore (ESG)

  • Supports business leaders of promising SMEs in achieving the next bound of growth, through structured modular training in business growth capabilities and business coaching in developing a business growth plan.
  • Offers access to an alumni network for peer learning and collaboration.
  • The ELT will be delivered by a network of partners including Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs), financial institutions, and industry experts.
  • The course fee is on average S$30,000 per participant before subsidies. Companies eligible for subsidies pay approximately S$4,000, or S$1,000 (if tapping on the SkillsFuture Enterprise Credit).

SME Centres (Micro, SME)
Enterprise Singapore (ESG)

  • SME Centres provide business diagnosis and advisory services, capability workshops and group based upgrading projects for micro and small enterprises.
  • For a 2-year pilot commencing in 2020, SME Centres will take on the role as growth partners for promising micro and small enterprises, to jointly develop business plans and support implementation efforts.
  • Specialist Advisors at SME Centres will provide in-depth support to enterprises in specific areas such as digitalisation and financing advice. Firms can approach any of the SME Centres for an appointment.

Productivity Solutions Grant (PSG) (Micro, SME)
Enterprise Singapore (ESG)

  • Businesses can access a wide range of pre-scoped solutions, including IT solutions, equipment, and consultancy services (e.g. job redesign). Businesses will be able to achieve productivity gains and offer more enriching jobs with better wages for workers.
  • Support level is up to 50% of eligible costs for local SMEs, companies can receive up to $30,000 to improve business productivity.

Heartland Enterprise Upgrading Programme (HEUP) (Micro)
Enterprise Singapore (ESG)
An integrated support package for selected Merchants’ Associations to implement holistic precinct rejuvenation plans, through infrastructural improvements, place-making activities, capability upgrading projects, and training for businesses and workers.

Heartland Enterprise Placemaking Grant (Micro, SME)
Enterprise Singapore (ESG)
The Heartland Enterprise Placemaking Grant (HEPG) encourages heartland merchants to organise innovative placemaking activities. These include community engagement activities, public art installations, workshops, and thematic festivals. These activities will complement regular events in the heartlands organised by the local Community Clubs and Merchants’ Associations, contributing to business growth and footfall in the heartlands.

The HEPG defrays up to 50% of eligible cost for selected placemaking activities organised by heartland merchants in the heartlands, capped at S$10,000 support per project.

Supportable areas include:

  • Third-party consultancy
  • Hardware, equipment and software
  • Marketing
  • Professional services (e.g. event management, branding/creative works, audit)

However, the HEPG does not support operational costs and commonly found placemaking activities in the heartlands, such as festive light ups, bazaars and traditional night markets

Heartland Go Digital 3.0 (Micro, SME)
Enterprise Singapore (ESG)
Heartlands Go Digital 3.0 will expand partnerships with new private sector partners and Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs), to support heartland enterprises across a range of capability development areas, including digital marketing, visual merchandising, service excellence, and financial management. This will be conducted through new outreach formats like in-shop training, and group-based upgrading projects across precincts and trade-types.

Beyond increasing the types of advisories available, heartland enterprises can also enjoy greater flexibility in how they undergo training. Merchants can receive one-on-one in-shop training, or join group workshops in their precincts related to Service Excellence and Financial Management that are conducted by Heartland Enterprise Centre Singapore (HECS). The new training formats cater to merchants that may be unable to attend workshops previously for reasons such as scheduling or manpower constraints. These advisories and in-shop training content are curated with partners such as PwC.

Heartland Innovation & Transformation (HIT) Programme (Micro, SME)
Enterprise Singapore (ESG)
As part of Our Heartlands 2025 initiative, we want to create a hotbed of innovation and entrepreneurship to revitalise our local neighbourhoods. The new Heartland Innovation & Transformation (HIT) Programme is a 12-month programme that will provide curated training courses as well as a conducive ecosystem to support innovation. This includes more temporary and permanent shop spaces, for aspiring enterprises to testbed their innovation ideas to build capabilities and scale. The HIT Programme will complement existing innovation support and resources, and includes affordable spaces for rent, including in mature estates.

This is available to aspiring entrepreneurs and innovative heartland enterprises to help them set up their businesses in the heartlands

Scale-up SG (SME, MNC)
Enterprise Singapore (ESG)
Scale-up SG is a 12-18 months programme that helps selected high-growth potential local companies scale effectively, become leaders in their fields and be groomed into future global champions. The programme aims to accelerate the companies’ growth so that they are able to contribute significantly to Singapore’s economy and create good jobs for Singaporeans.

A co-funding principle will apply to ensure commitment from companies participating in the programme. ESG supports up to 80% of the programme participation costs from 14 Sep 2020 to 31 Mar 2022.

Singapore Global Enterprise (SGE) Initiative (SME, MNC)
Enterprise Singapore (ESG)
To nurture and support promising local enterprises through bespoke, high-touch assistance tailored to the specific needs of each enterprises in areas such as innovation, internationalisation and fostering of new partnerships with other firms.

Singapore Global Executive Programme (SGEP) (SME, MNC)
Enterprise Singapore (ESG)
Help local enterprises build a pipeline of young local talent with the potential to take on regional or global leadership positions.

The SGEP is a bespoke talent programme that supports selected local enterprises with global ambitions in three ways:

  • Provides dedicated support and guidance to enterprises, such as access to human resource expertise and benchmarking data to help enterprises strengthen their human capital capabilities and elevate their talent management practices.
  • Supports enterprises in their branding and outreach efforts to position them as attractive employers offering exciting career opportunities.
  • Works with enterprises to create a curated career development pathway and expose young local talent to growth opportunities along this pathway. This can be done through overseas attachments, leadership development programmes and networking amongst a growing community of like-minded young talent. The SGEP will also support resources to build in-house HR team, enabling them to implement their in-house talent development programmes.

GoBusiness e-Adviser for Government Assistance (Micro, SME)
Government
Businesses can get customised guidance on government assistance. The e-adviser will recommend the most relevant government assistance to businesses via a guided set of questions on business needs.

GoBusiness Licensing (Micro, SME)
Government
Businesses can look forward to simpler, faster and better processes when transacting with the Government through the GoBusiness Licensing portal. The portal currently provides new businesses in the food services sector with a guided, streamlined journey for licensing applications.

Business Grants Portal (Micro, SME)
Government
One-stop portal for businesses to apply for grants according to their needs without having to approach multiple agencies.

You can apply on the Business Grants Portal for:

  • Market Readiness Assistance (Enterprise Singapore);
  • Enterprise Development Grant (Enterprise Singapore);
  • Business Improvement Fund (Singapore Tourism Board);
  • Leisure Events Fund (Singapore Tourism Board);
  • Experience Step-Up Fund (Singapore Tourism Board);
  • Aviation Development Fund (Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore);
  • Productivity Solutions Grant;
  • Agri-Food Cluster Transformation Fund (Singapore Food Agency);
  • Electric Vehicle Common Charger Grant (Land Transport Authority);
  • Energy Efficiency Grant (EEG)

SkillsFuture Enterprise Credit (SFEC) (SME)
SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG)
Additional support for employers investing in workforce and enterprise transformation. Eligible employers will receive a one-off $10,000 credit per firm to cover up to 90% out-of-pocket expenses for workforce and/or enterprise transformation.

A maximum of $7,000 of the Credit can be used for enterprise transformation programmes hosted on the Business Grant Portal (BGP). There is no cap on the Credit amount (full $10,000) that can be used for workforce transformation programmes. Employers can embark on both types of programmes in tandem.

There is no need to apply for SFEC. Your credit will be automatically used on supportable programmes that you have applied for. Employers will have to meet the eligibility criteria of the individual SFEC-supportable programmes before they can draw down the credit. Employers newly qualified in 2021 may use their SFEC for supportable programmes applied from 1 Apr 2022. Employers who were previously qualified can continue to use their SFEC for supportable programmes submitted on or after 1 Apr 2020.

The Skills Development Levy (SDL) requirement will be waived for the qualifying period of 1 Jan to 31 Dec 2021 to benefit more small and micro businesses to utilise the SkillsFuture Enterprise Credit.

The deadline to claim this credit has been extended to 30 Jun 2024.

SkillsFuture Leadership Development Initiative (SkillsFuture LDI) (Micro, SME, MNC)
SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG)
Businesses can leverage on SkillsFuture LDI to develop and/or enhance their in-house leadership development programmes (for example overseas assignments and cross-functional rotations) to expand their pipeline of Singaporean talent.

IMDA Licensing (Micro, SME, MNC)
Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)
IMDA’s one-stop online services portal provides licence applicants with information they need to complete their applications.

IMDA Regulations (Micro, SME, MNC)
Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)
IMDA has put in place a number of guidelines, acts and code of practices, which bring clarity to the industry as well as provide more informed choices for consumers.

Digital Industry Singapore (DISG) (Micro, SME, MNC)
Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)
A joint office of the Economic Development Board (EDB), Enterprise Singapore (ESG) and Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA). DISG will build up both the consumer technology and enterprise technology segments of the ecosystem.

SGTech STAR Fund 2.0 (SME)
SGTech
The STAR Fund 2.0 will primarily support the business growth of SGTech members who are tech SMEs, to:

  • Acquire new SME customers and drive tech adoption.
  • Provide support for companies to train and reskill their workforce by harnessing new digital capabilities or deepening current skills

The STAR Fund 2.0 will provide cash support for the following requests:
a) S$2,000 per tech solution
b) S$500 per training per pax

The STAR Fund 2.0 accepts applications from 1 Apr 2022. The last payout for eligible applications would be on 31 Mar 2024, or upon the complete drawdown of the Fund, whichever is earlier.

Healthier Ingredient Promotion Scheme (HIPS) (Micro, SME, MNC)
Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS)
To encourage food manufacturers to innovate and market a wider variety of healthier ingredients and products suited to local tastes, as well as supports the industry in promoting the uptake of healthier ingredients in Singapore’s food service.

Three supportable categories under HIPS, namely:
(1) Marketing and Publicity and (2) Trade Promotion: Fund up to 80% of total qualifying project investment, and scheme participants will co-pay 20% of the remaining project cost.
(3) Ingredient Thematic Promotion: Fund up to 100%.

There will be an overall cap of $300,000 across the first two supportable categories. Scheme participants have the flexibility to utilise the $300,000 across the first 2 supportable categories for 1 year. Scheme participants need not apply for all supportable categories.

Capability Transfer Programme (Micro, SME, MNC)
Workforce Singapore (WSG)
Provides funding support of up to 50% for businesses to:

  • Bring foreign specialists into Singapore to train their local employees in new capabilities on a time-limited basis.
  • Send local trainees for overseas training attachments to acquire new capabilities.
  • Support local specialists (who were previously trained by foreign specialists or trained overseas) conducting capability transfer training for locals.

Funding support for the CTP can include components such as attachment-related costs and salary support for foreign specialists, local specialists, and local trainees on overseas attachments to acquire new capabilities. In the case of industry-wide projects, funding for equipment cost and venue cost may also be considered on a case-by-case basis. Support levels will be determined by Workforce Singapore (WSG) in consultation with relevant sector agencies, on a co-funding basis where applicable.

Career Trial (Micro, SME, MNC)
Workforce Singapore (WSG)
Allows employers and jobseekers to assess job fit through a short-term trial. Employers receive salary support if they offer employment paying at least $1,500 (for full-time position) or $750 (for part-time position) at the end of the trial.

Training allowance for job seekers: $7.50 – $15.00/hr
Full-time: up to 480 hours, part time: up to 240 hours (capped at 80 hours/month)

Retention incentive for job seekers:

  • $500 recentive incentive for more than 3 months retention
  • Additional one-off $1,000 incentive for more than 6 months retention (for unemployed job seekers who have been actively looking for jobs for at least 6 months, or for job seekers who are persons with disabilities regardless of unemployment duration)

Enterprise Portal for Jobs & Skills (Micro, SME, MNC)
Workforce Singapore (WSG)
Businesses can explore information and resources on relevant jobs and skills initiatives under SkillsFuture Singapore and Workforce Singapore via this one-stop portal to support their training and human capital development needs.

Career Conversion Programme (CCP) (Micro, SME, MNC)
Workforce Singapore (WSG)
Receive course fee funding and/or salary support for employers to hire and reskill local jobseekers. Enhanced wage support levels for mature jobseekers at up to 90% under Place-and-Train programmes.

Types of CCPs:

  • Place-and-Train (PnT): Mid-career individual is hired by a participating employer before undergoing training to take on new job role
  • Attach-and-Train (AnT): Mid-career individual is provided with training and work attachments, prior to job placement, through industry partners in growth sectors with good future job opportunities
  • Redeployment/Job Redesign (JR) Reskilling: Targeted at companies that are undergoing business transformation, and where their existing workers are at risk of redundancy or in vulnerable jobs due to the transformation. These workers will be sent for reskilling, to take on growth job roles aligned to Industry Transformation Maps/Jobs Transformation Maps. Growth jobs roles are emerging or good job opportunities with long-term prospects for progression, identified in each sector in response to how the industry is expected to transform over time.

From 1 April 2024:
a. WSG funding support will be provided to Employers.
b. Employers will co-fund the remaining salary.

Funding Rates for Place-and-Train CCPs / JR-Reskilling CCPs:

  • The standard rate (SCs/PRs below age of 40) of salary support and course fee subsidy is up to 70% of monthly salary for CCP training duration (capped at $5,000 per month).
  • Enhanced wage support levels and course fee subsidy for mature or long term unemployed Singapore Citizen / Permanent Resident trainees is up to 90% of Monthly Salary for CCP training duration (capped at $7,500 per month).

From 1 April 2024:
a. WSG funding support will be provided to Trainees.
b. Hosting Employers will co-fund at least an additional 10% of prevailing salary

Funding Rates for Attach-and-Train CCPs:

  • The course fee subsidy for Attach-and-Train PCPs is up to 70% for the standard rate (SCs/PRs below age of 40) and up to 90% for the enhanced rate (SCs aged 40 and above).
  • WSG funds 50-70% of prevailing salary for Attach-and-Train training duration (capped at $5,000 per month), and the hosting employer co-funds at least an additional 10% of prevailing salary.

SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways Programme for Host Organisations (Micro, SME, MNC)
Workforce Singapore (WSG)
The SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways Programme was introduced to support mid-career individuals to widen their professional networks and gain new, in-demand skills while preparing for more permanent jobs in the future. The Government will fund 70% of the training allowance, while the host organisation funds the remaining 20% for the programme duration. The monthly training allowance provided may vary depending on the scope of the attachment.

SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways Programme – Company Attachment (SGUP-CA) will be made a permanent programme to continue supporting mid-career jobseekers with the following adjustments to encourage take-up with a training allowance of $1,800/month to $3,800/month for the duration of attachment.

SkillsFuture Career Transition Programme (SCTP) (Micro, SME, MNC)
Workforce Singapore (WSG)
The SCTP is a Train-and-Place scheme. It will commence from 1 Apr 2022 and will replace the SGUnited Skills (SGUS) and SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways – Company Training (SGUP-CT) programmes, which will both expire on 31 Mar 2022.

Key features of the SCTP include:

  • Industry-oriented courses (3-12 months in duration) delivered by Continuing Education and Training (CET) Centres and programme partners, to help individuals secure employment in sectors with good hiring opportunities. These courses will contain elements of actual industry experience (e.g. work attachments or industry projects).
  • Enhanced pre- and post-training support services, such as skills and training advisory to help individuals select suitable courses, employment facilitation and career coaching activities.
  • Baseline subsidy of up to 70% of course fees.
  • Enhanced funding subsidy of up to 90% of course fees for Singapore Citizens aged 40 years old and above under SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy
  • Additional course fee support of up to 95% of total course fees for Singapore Citizens who meet the following criteria:
    • ComCare Short-to-Medium-Term Assistance (SMTA) recipients;
    • Workfare Income Supplement (WIS) recipients;
    • Long Term Unemployed (LTU); or
    • Persons with Disabilities who are registered with SGEnable

Job Redesign (Micro, SME, MNC)
Workforce Singapore (WSG)
To support companies in redesigning job roles to drive business transformation, various sector-specific initiatives and tool-kits are available. Co-developed with industry and government partners, these initiatives and toolkits will help guide companies to undertake a systematic approach towards job redesign, and tap on ready-to-go and industry-relevant solutions.

Employment Support for Ex-Offenders (Micro, SME, MNC)
Workforce Singapore (WSG)
The employment support programme for ex-offenders provides employers with an alternative pool of trained and skilled workers.

New Part-Time Re-Employment Grant (Micro, SME, MNC)
Workforce Singapore (WSG)

  • Provides up to $125,000 to employers who offer part-time re-employment, flexible work arrangements (FWAs) and structured career planning (SCP) to senior workers.
  • Company needs to have at least one resident senior worker aged 60 years and above at the point of application and claim.
  • PTRG was introduced as part of the Senior Worker Support Package in 2020, and will be extended with revised eligibility criteria from 2023 to 2025.
  • Employers that meet the criteria will be eligible for funding of up to $125,000 per company, based on $2,500 per resident senior worker (i.e. ≥60 years). The total eligible funding will be capped at 50 senior workers per company.

National Centre of Excellence for Workplace Learning (NACE) (Micro, SME)
SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG)
Businesses can tap on this to build their in-house training system and workplace learning capabilities, as well as certify workplace trainers using best-in-class training practices through customised solutions.

SkillsFuture Enterprise Credit (SFEC) (SME)
SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG)
Additional support for employers investing in workforce and enterprise transformation. Eligible employers will receive a one-off $10,000 credit per firm to cover up to 90% out-of-pocket expenses for workforce and/or enterprise transformation.

A maximum of $7,000 of the Credit can be used for enterprise transformation programmes hosted on the Business Grant Portal (BGP). There is no cap on the Credit amount (full $10,000) that can be used for workforce transformation programmes. Employers can embark on both types of programmes in tandem.

There is no need to apply for SFEC. Your credit will be automatically used on supportable programmes that you have applied for. Employers will have to meet the eligibility criteria of the individual SFEC-supportable programmes before they can draw down the credit. Employers newly qualified in 2021 may use their SFEC for supportable programmes applied from 1 Apr 2022. Employers who were previously qualified can continue to use their SFEC for supportable programmes submitted on or after 1 Apr 2020.

The deadline to claim this credit has been extended to 30 Jun 2025.

Skills Framework (Micro, SME, MNC)
SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG)
Businesses can use the Skills Framework to design their human resource strategy and talent development plans. Each framework provides key information on the sector, career pathways, job roles, existing and emerging skills required, and suggested training programmes.

SkillsFuture Series (Micro, SME, MNC)
SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG)
Businesses can use these short, industry relevant programmes to train employees in emerging and priority areas, namely data analytics, finance, tech-enabled services, digital media, cybersecurity, entrepreneurship, advanced manufacturing, and urban solutions.

SkillsFuture Work-Study Programmes (SF-WSP) (Micro, SME, MNC)
SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG)

  • Businesses can groom and hire fresh talent through WSP from the Certificate to Post-Graduate levels. Businesses will jointly design and deliver with Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) and appointed private providers.
  • Participating companies on Place and-Train Work-Study Programmes will receive time-limited COVID-19 wage support for up to 12 months for new trainees hired from 1 Sep 2020 to 31 Mar 2022, pegged at 45% gross monthly wages (inclusive of Jobs Support Scheme (JSS)) and existing trainees who were part of the WSP as of 1 Sep 2020, pegged at 70% of gross monthly wages (inclusive of JSS).

SkillsFuture Queen Bee (SFQB) (SME)
SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG)
Businesses can build industry relevant skills by participating in projects and training programmes curated by the SFQB companies. Participating SMEs can also access a skills support ecosystem through advisory from the SFQBs to diagnose and identify their skills needs.

SkillsFuture JumpStart! Workshop (SME)
SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG)
Businesses can learn about the available jobs and skills resources and grants through this specially curated workshop.

SkillsFuture e-Adviser for Skills Training (Micro, SME, MNC)
SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG)
Support skills development of the workforce to keep up and advance with the business as it transforms and grows. Help business owners get personalised recommendations on skills training courses and SkillsFuture initiatives relevant to their business as part of the SkillsFuture Movement.

Open Door Programme (ODP) (Micro, SME, MNC)
SG Enable
Supports employers to hire, train, and integrate persons with disabilities into the workforce through recruitment, job support services, training grant as well as a Job Redesign Grant which covers up to 90% of costs incurred, capped at $20,000 per person with disability.

Up to 90% of course fee subsidy for co-workers that take up SG Enable’s list of curated training courses.

Enabling Business Hubs (Micro, SME, MNC)
SG Enable
Developed by SG Enable, Enabling Business Hubs (EBHs) have Centres for Inclusive Employment for employers which act as one-stop hubs for industry-specific training and employment facilitation for persons with disabilities. EBHs also bring training and employment opportunities for persons with disabilities closer to their homes. They support persons with disabilities through customised job support and a structured work environment with inclusive practices.

Employers can participate in learning journeys at the hub to better understand how job redesign and adoption of technology can occur in a real-world setting to facilitate the employment of persons with disabilities and implement these at their workplaces.

The first EBH – EBH@Jurong – has been set up and is located next to Lakeside MRT. EBH@Jurong aims to bring training and employment opportunities closer to the homes of persons with disabilities living in the West, including those with higher work support needs. EBH@Jurong has a Centre for Inclusive Employment in the Logistics sector to onboard more inclusive employers and create job opportunities for persons with disabilities in the sector.

Productivity Solutions Grant (PSG) (Micro, SME)
Enterprise Singapore (ESG)

  • Businesses can access a wide range of pre-scoped solutions, including IT solutions, equipment, and consultancy services (e.g. job redesign). Businesses will be able to achieve productivity gains and offer more enriching jobs with better wages for workers.
  • Support level is up to 50% of eligible costs for local SMEs, companies can receive up to $30,000 to improve business productivity.

Tech @ SG Programme (Micro, SME, MNC)
Economic Development Board (EDB)
Aims to help fast-growing companies access the critical talent they need to grow and scale their business in Singapore and the region.

TechSkills Accelerator (TeSA) (Micro, SME, MNC)
Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)
Supports both current information and communications technology (ICT) professionals and non-ICT professionals to upgrade and acquire new skills and domain knowledge that are in demand, and to stay competitive and meet the challenges of a fast-moving digital landscape. TeSA’s Company-Led Training Programme will be enhanced to provide more support for businesses looking to hire and train mature PMETs aged 40 and above.

As an employer, you will:

  • Receive funding support from IMDA, WSG or SSG to implement the respective training programme.
  • Be able to employ ICT professionals who undergo/have undergone training and be equipped with the relevant skills and aptitude to meet the needs of your company.
  • Be able to upskill and deepen the skills of existing employees who are mid-level ICT professionals.

TechSkills Accelerator (TeSA) for ITE and Polytechnics (TIP) Alliance (Micro, SME, MNC)
Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)
The TechSkills Accelerator (TeSA) for ITE and Polytechnics Alliance (TIP Alliance) is an industry-driven collaboration committed to empowering Polytechnic and Institute of Technical Education (ITE) students and graduates with the necessary skills to excel in diverse tech roles across industries.

Internship – co-funding for monthly stipend to cover the cost of training during the internship.
Apprenticeship – support for monthly stipend/salary, and local/overseas training of trainees.
Work-study upgrading – grants to defray the costs of providing on-the-job training, as well as co-funding for monthly stipend to cover cost of training polytechnic/ITE upgraders during work attachments.

Company-led Training Programme (CLT) (Micro, SME, MNC)
Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)
The Company-Led Training (CLT) programme aims to accelerate the professional development of tertiary graduates and mid-career professionals including mature PMETs, through an on-the-job training programme to help them achieve competencies for jobs in demand by industry, especially those that support the digital economy sector transformation efforts.

The CLT programme aligns to the Skills Framework of ICT and focuses on developing tech skills. Through this programme, participants can take IT courses in Singapore designed to build expertise in thesel areas, especially in new areas like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cybersecurity, Internet of Things (IoT), Data Analytics, Blockchain, etc.

SGTech STAR Fund 2.0 (SME)
SGTech
The STAR Fund 2.0 will primarily support the business growth of SGTech members who are tech SMEs, to:

  • Acquire new SME customers and drive tech adoption.
  • Provide support for companies to train and reskill their workforce by harnessing new digital capabilities or deepening current skills

The STAR Fund 2.0 will provide cash support for the following requests:
a) S$2,000 per tech solution
b) S$500 per training per pax

The STAR Fund 2.0 accepts applications from 1 Apr 2022. The last payout for eligible applications would be on 31 Mar 2024, or upon the complete drawdown of the Fund, whichever is earlier.

TechTalent.SG (Micro, SME, MNC)
SGTech
A web search portal which serves as a community of tech talents and hirers.

Tech Immersion and Placement Programme (TIPP) (Micro, SME, MNC)
Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)
The Tech Immersion and Placement Programme (TIPP) is a professional conversion programme that aims to convert non-ICT professionals into industry-ready ICT professionals. They will be required to find placement in tech job roles, after undergoing a short intensive and immersive training programme delivered by industry practitioners.

Through the immersive IT training courses offered in Singapore, trainees will build an impressive portfolio of ICT projects. They also get to interact with leading experts in the respective fields to help them prepare for roles in the ICT industry such as web developers, user experience designers, and data analysts.

Allows companies to recruit from a pool of trained ICT professionals who have undergone 3 to 4 months of immersive bootcamp-like training in the areas of data science, software development, user experience design, and digital marketing.

These professionals are ready to take on in-demand entry-level tech roles such as agile software developer, mobile app developer, user experience designer, and data analyst.

Enabling Employment Credit (EEC) (Micro, SME, MNC)
Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS)
Provides wage offsets to employers of Singaporean persons with disabilities aged 13 and above and earning below $4,000/month. They receive a wage offset of up to 20%, capped at $400/month. In addition, employers hiring persons with disabilities who had not been working for the past 6 months prior to being hired will receive an additional wage offset of 20%, capped at $400/month, for the first nine months of employment. The EEC will be available for 5 years from 2021 to 2025.

Senior Employment Credit (Micro, SME, MNC)
Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS)
Provides wage offsets to help employers that employ Singaporean workers adjust to the higher Retirement Age and Re-employment Age. Higher support will be given for the older age bands.

For 2023 to 2025, the wage offset applies to Singaporean workers aged 60 and above and earning up to $4,000 per month. For wages paid between 1 Jan 2023 and 31 Dec 2025, employers will receive up to 8% of the wages paid to these eligible workers, depending on their age and wage.

CPF Transition Offset (Micro, SME, MNC)
Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS)
To alleviate the rise in business costs due to the increase in CPF contribution rates for senior workers, the Government will provide employers with a transitionary wage offset equivalent to 50% of each year’s increase in employer CPF contribution rates for every Singaporean and Permanent Resident worker they employ aged above 55 to 70.

As announced in Budget 2024, CTO will be provided to employers for the 2025 increase in senior workers’ CPF contribution rates.

Support for Job Redesign under Productivity Solutions Grant (PSG-JR) (Micro, SME)
Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF)
Provides enterprises with funding support to work with pre-approved job redesign consultants to redesign work processes, tasks, duties, and responsibilities to support business transformation needs.

Funding Rates for PSG-JR:

  • For SMEs Up to 50% of qualifying costs
  • For Non-SMEs Up to 30% of qualifying costs

Eligible enterprises can tap on PSG-JR more than once, within an overall cap at $30,000 per enterprise.

Manufacturing 2030 Careers Initiative (Micro, SME, MNC)
Ministry of Trade and Industry Singapore (MTI)
Provides a suite of measures for manufacturing companies who are interested to attract, hire and retain locals.

It comprises of new and existing measures to help manufacturing companies (a) improve their HR capabilities, (b) attract talent, and (c) upgrade their existing workforce. The three new measures are:

  1. Manufacturing Employers’ Handbook;
  2. Additional Quality Internships; and
  3. Accelerated Pathways for Technicians & Assistant Engineers (Manufacturing) “APT(M)” Grant

Global Business Leaders Programme (Micro, SME, MNC)
Economic Development Board (EDB)
Provides a suite of measures for manufacturing companies who are interested to attract, hire and retain locals.

Through GBLP, EDB will partner key companies to support Singaporean middle to senior managers who are nominated by their companies to access developmental opportunities that will better prepare them for regional or global corporate leadership roles. These include:

  • Overseas work assignments for development and exposure: Funding support for individuals identified by companies to take on critical overseas work assignments for training and exposure. This includes co-funding for executive management programmes to deepen skillsets required to support these overseas assignments.
  • Networking and mentoring opportunities for leadership development: Individuals under the GBLP will also be onboarded to the recently launched Singapore Leaders Network (SGLN) Fellowship programme, run by the Human Capital Leadership Institute, with support from EDB. This 9-month cohort-based programme allows individuals to access mentors, grow their professional networks and global perspectives to take on senior leadership positions.

Jobs Transformation Map (Micro, SME, MNC)
Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)
Technology is radically transforming the workforce. To ensure that I&C professionals are equipped to take advantage of the opportunities that the digital economy brings, the I&C Jobs Transformation Map (JTM) was published to provide insights into the technologies that are changing the future of tech jobs and how workers and employers can successfully navigate these changes through job redesign and reskilling I&C professionals.

IMDA’s TechSkills Accelerator (TeSA), is a national initiative that aims to equips individuals with the necessary digital skills and stay competitive. It also provides employers with guidance in redesigning tech jobs for at-risk workers.

A*STAR Collaborative Commerce Marketplace (ACCM) (SME, MNC)
Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
An online platform that enables businesses to network, form relationships, and foster collaborations among local companies and large multinational companies.

Operation & Technology Roadmap (OTR) (SME, MNC)
Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)

  • Initiative that supports companies in mapping their current and emerging technology needs to support future growth. Companies that work with A*STAR to develop their OTR roadmaps are eligible for a grant from ESG that will cover up to 80% (for startups and SMEs) and 30% (for LLEs) of the qualifying cost incurred.
  • Consortium OTR (COTR) is also available to cater to the needs of a group of companies.

Singapore Institute of Food and Biotechnology Innovation (SIFBI) (Micro, SME, MNC)
Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)

  • SIFBI undertakes R&D and innovation in food, to support Singapore’s “30 by 30” goal by boosting local production capabilities and tap opportunities from global demand for safer, healthier, and more sustainable food.
  • SIFBI brings together research capabilities across A*STAR covering biotransformation, fermentation, nutrition, food process engineering, agri-food technology, alternative protein, waste valorisation, and safety research under 1 roof.

Tech Access Initiative (Micro, SME)
Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
Businesses can access a comprehensive suite of A*STAR’s advanced manufacturing equipment and biotech/biomedical scientific services, under the guidance of technical experts.

Technology for Enterprise Capability Upgrading (T-Up) (SME, MNC)
Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
Businesses can get access to talent from A*STAR’s Research Institutes for up to 2 years to help build in-house R&D capabilities through projects defined and managed by companies. Up to 70% of secondment costs is covered by ESG.

Headstart Programme (SME)
Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
Improves SMEs’ access to intellectual property (IP) by providing royalty-free and exclusive licenses for up to 36 months, for IP co-developed with A*STAR.

MedTech Catapult (SME)
Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
To accelerate the development of novel life sciences tools and medical devices, and build a go-to medical device product development platform in Singapore. Offers in-house engineering capabilities and will work closely with partners to translate intellectual property from technologies to commercial products, with a focus on sustainable design.

Nucleic Acid Therapeutics Initiative (Micro, SME)
Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
Aims to build Singapore into a regional hub for nucleic acid therapeutics (NAT) research, clinical translation, and commercialisation.

Key Research Pillars:

  • Innovative developments and emerging technologies in ribonucleic acid (RNA) therapeutics.
  • Building up Singapore’s resilience against future pandemics through developing accessible novel RNA based vaccines.
  • Production of consistent, high-quality, mRNA, siRNA and antisense oligonucleotide (ASO), to support commercialisation in startups, spinoffs and foster collaborations with industry.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Centre of Excellence for the Manufacturing Sector (Micro, SME)
Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
An initiative that brings stakeholders across industry, research and the startup ecosystem together to develop AI-enabled solutions and improve the productivity and competitiveness of
the sector.

Companies will work with a dedicated team to develop AI-based solutions, receive training and technical consultancy on the development and management of AI models that are directly relevant to their challenges. Learn ways to better optimise their data infrastructures, including techniques such as data correction and AI model retraining and updates, and ensuring the ongoing relevance and accuracy of AI applications within their operations.

National Semiconductor Translation and Innovation Centre (NSTIC) (Micro, SME)
Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
Provide researchers and companies access to a common semiconductor manufacturing platform infrastructure including scientists and engineers, cleanroom facilities and industry-ready equipment. This will support companies with their translational research and development, semiconductor prototyping, testing, and small volume manufacturing. NSTIC will also train local R&D talent and provide companies access to intellectual properties (IPs) developed by A*STAR, NTU, NUS and SUTD.

Centres of Innovation (COIs) (Micro, SME)
Enterprise Singapore (ESG)
Supports businesses in the development and testing of new technology products, through provision of technical consultancy services, access to specialty equipment, and IP translation services.

Enterprise Development Grant (EDG) (Micro, SME, MNC)
Enterprise Singapore (ESG)

  • Businesses can tap on support for projects in 3 key areas – core capabilities, innovation and productivity, and internationalisation.
  • From 1 Apr 2023, SMEs can receive up to 50% support for EDG (sustainability-related projects may be supported at up to 70% from 1 Apr 2023 to 31 Mar 2026).

Open Innovation Network (Micro, SME, MNC)
Enterprise Singapore (ESG)
Gateway to open innovation challenges, news and resources for businesses to learn more about open innovation, find new opportunities to develop new products with market-fit, and address their business needs.

Open Innovation Platform (SME, MNC)
Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)
Provides a structured process to support businesses and Trade Associations & Chambers in identifying possible areas of digital innovation and matching them with solution providers. Platform has been enhanced with new features to enable better matching, testing and development.

Research Incentive Scheme for Companies (RISC) (SME, MNC)
Economic Development Board (EDB)

  • Encourages the development of research and development capabilities and technologies through the support of projects in the areas of science and technology.
  • A company awarded with a RISC grant is eligible for co-funding support of up to 30% of qualifying R&D project costs such as manpower, training, consultancy, equipment, software, intellectual property and materials costs. Local manpower may be accorded support of up to 50%.

Corporate Venture Launchpad 2.0 (MNC)
Economic Development Board (EDB)
The Corporate Venture Launchpad 2.0 (“CVL 2.0”) is an expanded S$20 million programme designed to enable companies to launch a new venture from Singapore. Participating companies will partner with EDB-appointed venture studios that have best-in-class expertise, proven track records and diverse venture-building offerings. It provides 50% co-funding (capped at $500,000) of each concept validation sprint for corporates to build new ventures through pre-qualified venture studios. 30% co-funding to companies for select high potential new venture on qualifying costs (up to S$500,000) of each pre-seed build.

Kickstart Fun (KF)
Economic Development Board (EDB)
Grantee will receive funding support capped at a maximum grant of up to $250,000 per edition (multi-edition supported, up to 3 editions over maximum 3 years), for qualifying third-party project-related cost:

  • Professional Services
  • Production (including equipment and materials)
  • Marketing

IPI Singapore (Micro, SME, MNC)
Innovation Partner for Impact (IPI)
Online marketplace and consultancy for businesses to connect with providers of suitable technology IP and demand-led innovation opportunities for business needs.

Innovation Advisors Programme (Micro, SME, MNC)
Innovation Partner for Impact (IPI)
Businesses can be guided by innovation mentors who will advise them in the development of innovation strategies, new products and solutions to address market needs, and connect businesses to technology and business partners.

National Innovation Challenges (NIC) (Micro, SME, MNC)
National Research Foundation (NRF)
Businesses can address national and industry-wide challenge statements, in partnership with sector leads like Trade Associations & Chambers (TACs), other enterprises, and Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs)/Research Instituitions (RIs).

Design Thinking Business Transformation Programme (Micro, SME, MNC)
Workforce Singapore (WSG)
Access to workshops, consultancy sessions and gain from the trainers’ mentorship during their project implementation.

  • Up to 70% course fees funding for non-SME.
  • Up to 90% course fees funding for SME that are registered or incorporated in Singapore with at least 30% shareholding held by Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents; and hiring not more than 200 employees (at group level) or with an annual sales turnover (at group level) of not more than S$100 million).

Productivity Innovation Project (Micro, SME, MNC)
Building and Construction Authority (BCA)
Government to co-fund up to 70% of the costs for technology adoption and innovations that improve productivity at construction sites. Scheme will be extended to 31 Mar 2024. The extension is intended to encourage enterprises to continue their productivity upgrading and digitalisation efforts.

National Robotics Programme (NRP) (Micro, SME, MNC)
National Robotics Programme (NRP)
To step up Singapore’s robotics capabilities in sectors such as manufacturing and logistics, facilities management and healthcare. Support business transformation through robotics and
strengthen Singapore’s position as a global hub for businesses, innovation, investors and talent.

Productivity Solutions Grant (PSG) (Micro, SME)
Enterprise Singapore (ESG)

  • Businesses can access a wide range of pre-scoped solutions, including IT solutions, equipment, and consultancy services (e.g. job re-design). Businesses will be able to achieve productivity gains and offer more enriching jobs with better wages for workers.
  • Support level is up to 50% of eligible costs for local SMEs, companies can receive up to $30,000 to improve business productivity.

SMEs Go Digital (Micro, SME)
Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)
Businesses can tap on support available under SMEs Go Digital, a whole-of-government programme that helps businesses develop digital capabilities.

Start Digital (under SMEs Go Digital) (Micro, SME)
Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)

  • Businesses can take up a Start Digital Pack that provides simple Accounting, HR Management System & Payroll, Digital Marketing, Digital Transactions and Cybersecurity solutions.
  • SMEs can select minimally one foundational digital solution from any of the following categories and receive minimum six months (or equivalent) of fee waiver. After the fee waiver period, SMEs pay for the solutions as per partners’ rates and contractual terms.
  • Enhanced Start Digital solutions include digital collaboration tools that enable remote working, digital marketing through social media, as well as integrated digital utilities like e-invoicing and e-payment.

Industry Digital Plans (under SMEs Go Digital) (IDP) (Micro, SME, MNC)
Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)
Businesses can use IDPs as a step-by-step guide on sector-specific digital solutions to adopt at each stage of business growth. IDPs for more sectors are progressively being developed. Businesses can adopt a wide range of pre-approved SME-friendly generic or sector-specific digital solutions, which include artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and cloud solutions, with funding support from the Productivity Solutions Grant (PSG).

Marine & Offshore Engineering Industry Digital Plan (under SMEs Go Digital) (Micro, SME, MNC)
Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)
Aligned to the Marine & Offshore Engineering Industry Transformation Map (M&OE ITM), the M&OE Industry Digital Plan (IDP) is part of the SMEs Go Digital programme which aims to simplify digital adoption for SMEs. The M&OE IDP provides a step-by-step guide on the digital solutions SMEs can adopt at each stage of their growth and be part of a fully digital SG.

Grow Digital (under SMEs Go Digital) (Micro, SME)
Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)
Businesses can get a headstart in going global. Get support to leverage digital platforms and channels for access to a larger pool of consumers overseas, and to test new markets. Businesses will also receive training and support to enhance their e-commerce capabilities.

Eligible SMEs can receive up to 70% funding to participate in the platforms under Grow Digital. Adoption of these platforms does not count toward Productivity Solutions Grant funding utilisation, which is capped at a maximum of $30,000 per SME per year.

Scheme expanded to include more preapproved digital platforms starting 1 Apr 2022, so that more SMEs can build capabilities to reach new markets more effectively, e.g. through AI-powered business matching, cross-border e-payment facilities.

Advanced Digital Solutions (under SMEs Go Digital) (Micro, SME)
Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)
From 1 Apr 2022, businesses can access up to 80% funding support to adopt advanced digital solutions leveraging artificial intelligence and cloud technologies. These solutions will help businesses deepen their digital capabilities to strengthen business continuity measures and build resilience.

Generative Artificial Intelligence (GenAI) (Micro, SME)
Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)
Generative Artificial Intelligence (GenAI) solutions present an unprecedented opportunity for all SMEs to harness the power of AI in their businesses – to boost productivity across core business functions, foster product and service innovation, and deliver superior customer experiences. As we step into a digital future shaped by AI, it is imperative that businesses start exploring and adopting these technologies.

Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and Enterprise Singapore (EnterpriseSG) have launched a sandbox on 7 February 2024 for SMEs to access and experience GenAI enterprise solutions over a 3-month period. The sandbox will feature a suite of GenAI-powered enterprise solutions across two categories:

  • Marketing and Sales:
    – Generate varied and unique marketing content (e.g. customised emails, copywriting, social media posts)
    – Design creative campaign concepts and content ideas
    – Optimise marketing strategies and gather competitive intelligence
  • Customer Engagement:
    – Personalise customer engagements and generate tailored recommendations
    – Improve customer experience when searching for information
    – Automate customer support requests (e.g. making reservations, purchase transactions)

Chief Technology Officer-as-a-Service (CTOaaS) (under SMEs Go Digital) (Micro, SME)
Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)
Supports SMEs to uncover their digitalisation needs and transform their business operations through professional IT consultancies offering end-to-end digital advice, from digital consultancy tailored to business needs, to downstream project implementation.

First-time usage of the digital advisory and project management services is available at no cost to eligible enterprises. Subsequent usage or enhancement of services will be based on commercial agreements, should the enterprises want to continue to engage the digital consultants.

GoCloud (Micro, SME)
Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)
Supports local ICT SMEs to transform traditional software architecture and development practices to applications deployed and delivered as Cloud Native applications using Microservices and DevOps, so that they can be more agile, flexible and scalable.

To support ICT SMEs to stay competitive and continue to respond quickly to changing market and customer needs through Cloud Native development, IMDA is increasing the support level of GoCloud to up to 80% of service fees charged by the appointed service providers, capped at $24,000, with effect from 1 Jun 2020.

Accreditation@SGD (Micro, SME)
Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)
Accredit promising and innovative Singapore-based high-growth ICM product companies to establish credentials and position them as qualified contenders to government and large enterprise buyers; provide potential end users with the assurance of the accredited companies’ product core functionalities and ability to deliver; build an innovative technopreneur ecosystem to drive economic growth, inspire the younger generation, and build more innovative products and tech product companies that can scale overseas.

Digital Leaders Programme (SME, MNC)
Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)
Enables promising, high-potential local companies to become digital leaders by equipping them with digital capabilities and talent to transform their business models and capture new growth opportunities.

Emerging Technology Programme (Micro, SME)
Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)
Focusing on supporting three key emerging technology domains – Artifical Intelligence, Communications and Connectivity, and Trust Tech.

Hawkers Go Digital (Micro)
Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)
Upon successful sign up for the programme, stallholders will be eligible for the full subsidy from the government for transaction fees (i.e. merchant discount rate of 0.5% payable by merchants) until 31 Dec 2023.

Global Trader Programme (GTP) (SME, MNC)
Enterprise Singapore (ESG)

  • Provides a reduced corporate tax rate of 5% or 10% on qualifying trading income for 5 years.
  • Qualifying trading income includes income from physical trading, brokering of physical trades, derivative trading income, and income from structured commodity financing activities, treasury activities and advisory services in relation to mergers and acquisitions.

Accessibility Fund (Micro, SME, MNC)
Building and Construction Authority (BCA)
To promote an accessible built environment, BCA has launched Accessibility Fund that provides grants to building owners for upgrading their existing buildings with essential accessibility and Universal Design features.

Private buildings built before the implementation of Code on Barrier-free Accessibility in Buildings 1990 that do not have Basic Accessibility features. Eligible firms will receive up to 80% co-payment of the construction cost of the Basic Accessibility Features such as:

  • Accessible approach to building;
  • Ramps/lifts for improving accessibility in building’s first storey;
  • Accessible toilet in building’s first storey or entrance level; and
  • Signage for finding way to building’s accessibility features.
  • Lifts compliant with SS 550 (up to S$200,000/lift); and
  • Accessible car park lot

Private buildings built before the implementation of Code on Accessibility in the Built Environment 2013 that have Accessibility features. The fund would co-pay up to 60% of the construction cost of Universal Design Features cited below:

  • Grab bars for ambulant disabled and elderly urinals/WC;
  • Child-friendly WC/urinal/wash basin;
  • Lactation room;
  • Diaper-changing room;
  • Hearing enhancement systems;
  • Braille and tactile features; and
  • Family car park lot

Enterprise Innovation Scheme (Micro, SME, MNC)
Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS)
To encourage businesses to engage in research and development (“R&D”), innovation and capability development activities.

Existing tax measures will be enhanced and a new tax measure will be introduced. In addition, eligible businesses may opt to convert up to $100,000 of the total qualifying expenditure for each Year of Assessment (“YA”) into cash at a conversion rate of 20%.

The EIS is available for YA 2024 to YA 2028.

Corporate Volunteer Scheme (CVS) (Micro, SME, MNC)
Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS)
To encourage corporate volunteerism, businesses may claim 250% tax deduction on qualifying expenditure incurred from 1 Jul 2016 to 31 Dec 2026 when they send their employees to volunteer and provide services, including secondments, to Institutions of a Public Character (IPCs). From 1 Jan 2024, the scope of qualifying activities will be expanded to include activities which are conducted virtually or outside of the IPCs’ premises, and the qualifying expenditure cap per IPC will be increased from $50,000 to $100,000 per calendar year.

Refundable Investment Credit (RIC) (Micro, SME, MNC)
Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS)
Support qualified firms in developing high-value and substantive economic activities in key sectors and new growth areas in Singapore. It will be awarded on an approval basis, through the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and Enterprise Singapore (EnterpriseSG). The credits are to be offset against Corporate Income Tax payable. Any unutilised credits will be refunded to the company in cash within four years from when the company satisfies the conditions for receiving the credits.

The RIC will support high-value and substantive economic activities such as:

  • Investing in new productive capacity (e.g., new manufacturing plant, production of low-carbon energy);
  • Expanding or establishing the scope of activities in digital services, professional services, and supply chain management;
  • Expanding or establishing headquarter activities, or Centres of Excellence;
  • Setting up or expansion of activities by commodity trading firms;
  • Carrying out R&D and innovation activities; and
  • Implementing solutions with decarbonisation objectives.

Overseas Humanitarian Assistance Tax Deduction Scheme (“OHAS”) (Micro, SME, MNC)
Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS)

Provide individual and corporate donors with 100% tax deduction for qualifying overseas cash donations. Qualifying overseas cash donations must meet the
following two conditions to be eligible for tax deductions:

  1. Donation must be made through a designated charity. Designated charities should have emergency humanitarian assistance as part of their charitable objectives, as well as enhanced governance and controls against illicit fund flows. Charities that qualify will be invited to participate in the pilot. The list of designated charities will be made available from 1 January 2025.
  2. Donation must be made towards a fund-raiser for emergency humanitarian assistance with a valid Fund-Raising for Foreign Charitable Purposes (“FRFCP”) permit from the Commissioner of Charities (“COC”). Designated charities are required to apply for a FRFCP permit from the COC prior to commencement of a fund-raising appeal for an emergency humanitarian assistance cause.

Scheme will be piloted for four years from 1 January 2025 to 31 December 2028.

3R Fund (SME, MNC)
National Environment Agency (NEA)

  • Supports organisations/companies to reduce waste disposed of at NEA’s incineration plants and disposal facilities through the implementation of waste minimisation and recycling projects.
  • Projects that result in an increase in the quantity of solid waste (this excludes toxic and chemical wastes) recycled or a reduction in the quantity of solid waste generated are eligible. The minimum tonnage eligibility is 100 tonnes reduced, reused or recycled over the whole project duration.
  • Grant support of up to 80% of qualifying costs, subject to a cap of $1 million per project or per applicant.

For organisations applying for multiple onsite waste treatment systems within the same premises or in different premises, the qualifying costs of the system will be tiered accordingly as below:

  • 2nd system – 70% of Project Qualifying Costs
  • 3rd system – 60% of Project Qualifying Costs
  • 4th system or more – 50% of Project Qualifying Costs

Packaging Partnership Programme (PPP) members are eligible for up to double the funding compared to non-members.

Energy Efficiency Fund (E2F) (SME)
National Environment Agency (NEA)

The Energy Efficiency Fund (E2F) is an umbrella scheme consisting of 5 different grants to support businesses with industrial facilities to improve energy efficiency (EE). Grant support for energy assessment, resource efficient design, and energy management information system is up to 50%. Grant support for energy efficient technologies is up to 70%.

Packaging Partnership Programme (PPP) (Micro, SME, MNC)
National Environment Agency (NEA)

The Packaging Partnership Programme (PPP) is an initiative in partnership between the Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) and National Environment Agency (NEA) to support companies in their journey towards adopting sustainable packaging waste management practices.

This Programme aims to implement outreach initiatives, share knowledge and industry best practices through workshops and trainings to stakeholders of the various relevant industries (e.g. manufacturers, importers, service providers) in Singapore, to familiarise companies with the Mandatory Packaging Reporting (MPR) requirements and to build industry capability in sustainable packaging waste management.

Energy Efficiency Grant (EEG) (SME)
Enterprise Singapore

The Energy Efficiency Grant (EEG) aims to help businesses within the Food Services, Food Manufacturing or Retail sectors to cope with rising energy costs, through co-funding investments in more energy-efficient equipment. The EEG will provide up to 70% support for SMEs to adopt pre-approved energy-efficient equipment in the following categories: LED lighting, air-conditioners, cooking hobs, refrigerators, water heaters and clothes dryers. Grant support for qualifying costs will be capped at S$30,0001 per company per year.

The grant application window for the EEG is from 1 Sep 2022 to 31 Mar 2026.

Resource Efficiency Grant for Energy (REG(E)) (MNC)
Economic Development Board (EDB)

  • Supports manufacturing companies and data centres to implement projects that improve energy efficiency or reduce non CO2 greenhouse gas consumption.
  • Grant support corresponds to the amount of carbon abatement, up to 50% of qualifying costs.
  • EDB is enhancing the REG(E) by lowering the carbon abatement threshold from 500 tonnes per annum to 250 tonnes per annum. These enhancements will allow industrial facilities to tap on REG(E) for more projects that improve their energy efficiency and carbon emissions reduction.
  • The REG(E) will also be extended beyond March 2024.

Investment Allowance for Emissions Reduction (IA-ER) (SME, MNC)
Economic Development Board (EDB)

  • Supports manufacturing companies and data centres on projects which result in a measurable and verifiable improvement in energy efficiency (EE) or reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
  • The IA-ER is an enhancement of the former Investment Allowance (Energy Efficiency) (IA(EE)). The project eligibility criteria will be expanded to cover reduction in GHG emissions, in addition to improvements in energy efficiency.
  • The revised conditions will apply to projects approved by EDB from 1 Apr 2021 to 31 Dec 2026.
  • Scheme will be extended to 31 Dec 2026.

Enterprise Sustainability Programme (ESP) (SME)
Enterprise Singapore (ESG)

  • Supports local enterprises to develop capabilities in sustainability, and seize opportunities in sustainability.
  • This includes supporting local enterprises to adopt sustainability practices; enhance their resource efficiency; and develop products and services to capture new business opportunities in sustainability.

Key components of ESP:

  • Develop sustainability capabilities in enterprises: Training courses, support for sustainability capability and development projects.
  • Strengthen sector-specific capabilities: Partnerships with Trade Associations & Chambers (TACs) to develop sustainability initiatives that address sector-specific sustainability needs and partnership with industry players and stakeholders to provide sustainability-related services to local enterprises.

Green Economy Regulatory Initiative (SME, MNC)
Ministry of Trade and Industry Singapore (MTI)
A one-stop platform for businesses with innovative sustainability solutions that face regulatory hurdles. Proposals submitted to GERI will be assessed on an expedited timeline, and could be trialed in regulatory sandboxes at a faster pace.

Enhanced Water Efficiency Fund (WEF) (SME, MNC)
Public Utilities Board (PUB)
From 1 July 2023, PUB has enhanced the funding to further encourage companies to seek continuous improvement in water efficiency to ensure a sustainable growth in long-term water demand in Singapore. Funding categories (1) Water Efficiency Assessment, (2) Pilot Study, (3) Recycling / Use of Alternate Sources of Water and (4) Adoption of Water Efficient Equipment would cover all stages from exploratory to actual implementation and co-fund projects that would enable companies to conserve water and improve water efficiency in their premises.

Future Energy Fund (Micro, SME, MNC)
Energy Market Authority (EMA)
To support investments in energy transition infrastructure such as undersea cables to import low-carbon electricity and new hydrogen terminals and pipelines. Import of up to 4GW of low-carbon electricity
by 2035, which will make up around 30% of Singapore’s electricity supply.

Low-Carbon Energy Research Programme (Micro, SME, MNC)
Energy Market Authority (EMA)
With 16 awarded projects to advance the research and development of low-carbon alternatives such as hydrogen, and enable decarbonisation of power and industry sectors. By connecting to regional power grids, we are able to access low-carbon electricity that would otherwise be hard to get. It also speeds up the development of renewable energy in the region, fostering more stable and resilient energy systems for the countries involved.

Cross-border Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Project (Micro, SME, MNC)
Energy Market Authority (EMA)
Work with a Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Lead Developer (S Hub, a consortium comprising Shell and ExxonMobil) to study the viability of developing a cross-border CCS project from Singapore. This includes:

  • Evaluating the technical feasibility of aggregating CO2 emissions in Singapore
  • Collaborating with international partners to study potential CO2 storage sites

Sustainability Reporting Grant (SME, MNC)
Economic Development Board (EDB)
In view of the increasing demand for companies to publish climate-related disclosures, including upcoming regulations to mandate climate-related disclosures for some Singapore-incorporated companies, EDB and EnterpriseSG will launch a Sustainability Reporting Grant.

This grant will provide funding support for large companies with annual revenue $100 million and above, to cover a portion of their costs in producing their first sustainability report in Singapore. This will help companies kickstart their sustainability strategy and sustainability performance reporting journey. The disclosures are to be consistent with the International Sustainability Standards Board’s (ISSB) standards. The grant defrays up to 30% of qualifying costs, capped at the lower of S$150,000 per company or 30 per cent of the qualifying costs in the preparation of their first sustainability report.

To enable SMEs to do sustainability reporting, EnterpriseSG will partner appointed sustainability service providers to launch a programme to help SMEs develop their first sustainability reports. The programme, targeted to be launched in late 2024, will be available for three years. EnterpriseSG will defray 70% of eligible costs for SMEs participating in the first year of the programme, and 50% of costs for the next two years.

The Progressive Wage Model (PWM) (Micro, SME, MNC)
Ministry of Manpower (MOM)

  • Helps to increase wages of workers through upgrading skills and improving productivity. It is implemented via government levers in the cleaning, security and landscape sectors.
  • Progressive Wage Mark will recognise firms that pay progressive wages and allow consumers and corporate buyers to identify and support these companies. Public service will procure goods and services only from firms that have the mark.
  • New Sectoral PWs will be expanded to:
    • Retail from 1 Sep 2022
    • Food services from 1 Mar 2023
    • Waste management from 1 Jul 2023
  • From 1 Sep 2022, existing Cleaning, Security, and Landscape PWM will be extended to in-house workers.
  • From 1 Mar 2023, new occupational progressive wages will be introduced to Administrators and Drivers.
  • Firms employing foreign workers have to pay at least the Local Qualifying Salary to all local workers from 1 Sep 2022.

Market Expansion Overseas

Enterprise Development Grant (EDG) (Micro, SME, MNC)
Enterprise Singapore (ESG)

  • Businesses can tap on support for projects in 3 key areas – core capabilities, innovation and productivity, and internationalisation.
  • From 1 Apr 2023, SMEs can receive up to 50% support for EDG (sustainability-related projects may be supported at up to 70% from 1 Apr 2023 to 31 Mar 2026).

Global Innovation Alliance (GIA) (Micro, SME, MNC)
Enterprise Singapore (ESG)
Businesses can gain access to overseas partners for co-innovation and market expansion. Under GIA phase 2, government will scale up the network of overseas partners and expand the scope of GIA to include ESG’s co-innovation programmes (CIPs). CIPs are cross-border platforms that connect Singapore-based enterprises with overseas partners.

The Global Innovation Alliance continues to grow. The GIA is currently running in 17 nodes worldwide, and 37 countries.

Global Ready Talent Programme (GRT) (SME, MNC)
Enterprise Singapore (ESG)

  • Supports Singapore businesses to train and deepen in-market knowledge of their Singaporean employees, and supports students of local Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) to go on internships.
  • GRT Programme has been enhanced to encourage more students to go abroad for overseas internships and attachments, deepening the talent pool for businesses.

Market Readiness Assistance (MRA) Grant (SME)
Enterprise Singapore (ESG)

  • Businesses can tap on the MRA for in-depth Free Trade Agreement (FTA) consultancy and support for overseas business development.
  • Under MRA, businesses may also apply for a premium subsidy when taking up trade credit insurance to protect themselves against buyer default.
  • Up to 50% of eligible costs for local SMEs, capped at S$100,000 per company per new market* from 1 Apr 2020 to 31 Mar 2023 that covers:
    • Overseas market promotion (capped at S$20,000)
    • Overseas business development (capped at S$50,000)
    • Overseas market set-up (capped at S$30,000)

International Co-Innovation Programmes – Germany-Singapore SME Funding Programme (SME)
Enterprise Singapore (ESG)
Singapore companies keen to embark on joint-innovation projects with German companies can receive up to 70% support by participating in a joint call for proposals for Germany-Singapore technological R&D projects.

Interested companies can still register their interest before 15 August 2024, for an eligibility assessment. The application along with the following supporting documents must be submitted by 5 September 2024.

Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) (Micro, SME, MNC)
Enterprise Singapore (ESG)
Consists of 3 main areas:

  1. Trade in Goods – Reduction in import duties
  2. Trade in Services – Singapore service suppliers enjoy preferential trade commitments from our FTA partners. – Serves as an “insurance policy” to deter a trading partner from changing their laws. – Helps service suppliers to seek recourse should a trading partner choose to contravene its FTA commitments.
  3. Investment – Lowering of barriers to entry for Singapore’s investors by providing a predictable operating environment through agreed standards of protection for investors, and offering investors an avenue for recourse if FTA obligations are contravened.

Enterprise Singapore Centres (Micro, SME, MNC)
Enterprise Singapore (ESG)
Offer in-market services such as business advisory, market information and business matching to help Singapore companies venture into overseas markets.

LEAD Trade Fairs and Business Missions (LEAD IFM) (SME)
Enterprise Singapore (ESG)

  • Platform to reach out to global customers obtain feedback on products and services, and explore opportunities in overseas markets.
  • Receive support of up to 50% or 70% of eligible expenses, depending on the number of times company has participated in the event.
  • Eligible expenses include exhibition rental space, booth construction, publicity and fair or mission consultancy costs.

SkillsFuture Enterprise Credit Expansion (SME)
SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG)
Additional support for employers investing in workforce and enterprise transformation. Eligible employers will receive a one-off $10,000 credit per firm to cover up to 90% out-of-pocket expenses for workforce and/or enterprise transformation. To encourage employers to embark on both enterprise and workforce transformation programmes in tandem, $3,000 of the credit can be used for workforce transformation programmes only. Hence, employers can only use up to $7,000 of the credit for enterprise transformation.

There is no need to apply for SFEC. Your credit will be automatically used on supportable programmes that you have applied for. Employers will have to meet the eligibility criteria of the individual SFEC-supportable programmes before they can draw down the credit. Employers newly qualified in 2021 may use their SFEC for supportable programmes applied from 1 Apr 2022. Employers who were previously qualified can continue to use their SFEC for supportable programmes submitted on or after 1 Apr 2020.

The Skills Development Levy (SDL) requirement will be waived for the qualifying period of 1 Jan to 31 Dec 2021 to benefit more small and micro businesses to utilise the SkillsFuture Enterprise Credit.

The deadline to claim this credit has been extended to 30 Jun 2025.

SkillsFuture Leadership Development Initiative (SkillsFuture LDI) (Micro, SME, MNC)
SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG)
Businesses can leverage on SkillsFuture LDI to develop and/or enhance their in-house leadership development programmes (e.g. overseas assignments and cross-functional rotations) to expand their pipeline of Singaporean talent.

GlobalConnect@SBF (SME)
Singapore Business Federation (SBF)
Provides market advisory services and in-market business connections to Singapore businesses looking to expand or deepen their presence in key Southeast Asian and emerging markets.

Digital Industry Singapore (DISG) (Micro, SME, MNC)
Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)
A joint office of the Economic Development Board (EDB), Enterprise Singapore (ESG) and IMDA. DISG will build up both the consumer technology and enterprise technology segments of the ecosystem.

Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRAs) (Micro, SME, MNC)
Singapore Accreditation Council
Provides company with the opportunity to speed up entry into overseas markets and reduce costs. Reduces barriers to trade by allowing goods and services to move freely across borders without the need for further testing, inspection or certification by the importing country.

Southeast Asia Manufacturing Alliance (SMA) (SME, MNC)
Economic Development Board (EDB)

  • The SMA is a tripartite programme between Economic Development Board (EDB), Enterprise Singapore (ESG) and private sector partners, to promote a network of industrial parks to manufacturers who are interested to invest in both Singapore and the region. The alliance will help businesses grow their manufacturing footprint in Southeast Asia and diversify their supply chains.
  • Eligible manufacturers may apply for a differentiated tier of benefits from the EDB, ESG and Strategic Partners:
    (i) Grant of up to S$1.5m for eligible R&D and innovation activities undertaken in SG.
    (ii) Partners companies on a one-to-one basis to provide customised services for supplier sourcing.
    (iii) Access to dedicated supplier matching resources for manufacturing or i4.0 related solutions.
    (iv) Differentiated prices on areas like lease logistics.
    (v) Complementary business services e.g. assistance with regulatory requirements, discounted adminstration and recruitment fees, and more.

A*STAR Partners’ Centre @ Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) (A*PC) (Micro, SME, MNC)
Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)

  • A*PC supports “regional-ready” Singapore enterprises as they embark on R&D and commercialisation in China via Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP), with the aim to capture opportunities in Jiangsu and the greater Yangtze River Delta (YRD) region.
  • A*PC’s partner companies can leverage A*STAR’s scientific expertise and capabilities to build R&D competencies and co-develop technologies with A*STAR in Singapore, focusing on areas such as biomedical sciences, nanotechnology, and advanced manufacturing, before productising these technologies for the China market. These companies can accelerate the pace of their R&D and innovation by tapping on A*PC’s facilities and laboratories.

Green Economy Agreements (SME)
Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI)
Green Economy Agreements seek to foster common rules and standards that promote trade and investment in green goods, services and technologies; develop interoperable policy frameworks to support the growth of new green growth sectors and capabilities; and catalyse technology development and cooperative projects in the emerging green economy.

GEAs can remove non-tariff barriers to trade in green goods and services. This will help reduce regulatory burdens on businesses and increase access to green goods and services in both Singapore’s and our partner countries’ markets.

Grow Digital (under SMEs Go Digital) (SME)
Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)
Businesses can get a headstart in going global. Get support of up to leverage digital platforms and channels for access to a larger pool of consumers overseas, and to test new markets. Businesses will also receive training and support to enhance their e-commerce capabilities.

Eligible SMEs can receive up to 70% funding to participate in the platforms under Grow Digital. Adoption of these platforms does not count toward Productivity Solutions Grant funding utilisation, which is capped at a maximum of $30,000 per SME per year.

Digital Economy Agreements (DEAs) (SME)
Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI)
A Digital Economy Agreement (DEA) is a treaty that establishes digital trade rules and digital economy collaborations between two or more economies. Through DEAs with key partners, Singapore hopes to develop international frameworks to foster interoperability of standards and systems and support our businesses, especially SMEs, engaging in digital trade and electronic commerce.

The DEAs aim to build on Singapore’s extensive network of free trade agreements and other digital cooperation initiatives. They also complement Singapore’s leadership role at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) as the co-convener (together with Australia and Japan) of the Joint Statement Initiative on E-Commerce (JSI).

The DEAs establish common frameworks and rules for digital trade that will enable companies in Singapore to connect digitally with their overseas partners more seamlessly. The goals of the DEAs are ultimately to lower the cost of operations, increase business efficiency and create more seamless and easier access to overseas markets.

As a start, businesses in Singapore can participate in the following digitalisation initiatives. These are aligned to modules in the DEAs, which will help extend their benefits to their cross-border businesses and transactions when the DEAs enter into force.

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) System
  • Data Innovation
  • Data Protection Trustmark Certification
  • Nationwide E-Invoicing Network
  • SMEs Go Digital

SkillsFuture Enterprise Credit (SFEC) (SME)
SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG)
Additional support for employers investing in workforce and enterprise transformation. Eligible employers will receive a one-off $10,000 credit per firm to cover up to 90% out-of-pocket expenses for workforce and/or enterprise transformation.

A maximum of $7,000 of the Credit can be used for enterprise transformation programmes hosted on the Business Grant Portal (BGP). There is no cap on the Credit amount (full $10,000) that can be used for workforce transformation programmes. Employers can embark on both types of programmes in tandem.

There is no need to apply for SFEC. Your credit will be automatically used on supportable programmes that you have applied for. Employers will have to meet the eligibility criteria of the individual SFEC-supportable programmes before they can draw down the credit. Employers newly qualified in 2021 may use their SFEC for supportable programmes applied from 1 Apr 2022. Employers who were previously qualified can continue to use their SFEC for supportable programmes submitted on or after 1 Apr 2020.

The deadline to claim this credit has been extended to 30 Jun 2025.

Capability Transfer Programme (Micro, SME, MNC)
Workforce Singapore (WSG)
Provides funding support of up to 50% for businesses to:
(i) Bring foreign specialists into Singapore to train their local employees in new capabilities on a time-limited basis
(ii) Send local trainees for overseas training attachments to acquire new capabilities
(iii) Support local specialists (who were previously trained by foreign specialists or trained overseas) conducting capability transfer training for locals.

Funding support for the CTP can include components such as attachment-related costs and salary support for foreign specialists, local specialists, and local trainees on overseas attachments to acquire new capabilities. In the case of industry-wide projects, funding for equipment cost and venue cost may also be considered on a case-by-case basis. Support levels will be determined by Workforce Singapore (WSG) in consultation with relevant sector agencies, on a co-funding basis where applicable.

Double Tax Deduction for Internationalisation (DTDi) (SME, MNC)
Enterprise Singapore (ESG)
Businesses are allowed a tax deduction of 200% on qualifying market expansion and investment development expenses, subject to approval from ESG or Singapore Tourism Board (STB).

No prior approval is required from Enterprise Singapore or STB for tax deduction on the first $150,000 of qualifying expenses incurred on automatic DTDi activities.

The following enhancements to the DTDi will take effect for qualifying expenses incurred on or after 17 Feb 2021:

  • Enhancement to scope of the DTDi to cover specified expenses incurred to participate in virtual trade fairs approved by Enterprise Singapore.
  • Expansion of the list of qualifying expenses for overseas investment study trip to include logistics costs to transport materials/samples used during the investment trips.
  • Inclusion of 5 additional qualifying activities under the automatic DTDi list, up to the current annual expense cap of $150,000.
  • Qualifying salary expenses incurred between 1 Jul 2015 and 31 Dec 2025 for Singaporean and Permanent Resident employees posted to an overseas establishment of the approved firm or company.
  • Expanding the list of supportable activities to include overseas business development activity on third-party consultancy costs.
  • Expanding support for overseas business mission.
  • To support businesses in their efforts to overcome initial challenges and build up capabilities in internationalising via e-commerce, the scope of qualifying expenses has been expanded to cover certain expenses incurred on or after 15 Feb 2023 on a new qualifying activity “e-commerce campaign”.

Automatic double tax deduction will apply for qualifying expenses incurred from 1 Apr 2021 to 31 Dec 2025.

Enhanced Section 13H/Fund Management Incentive (S13H/FMI) (Micro)
Startup SG
Seeks to encourage investments into Singapore-based businesses and startups. The S13H and FMI will be extended for 5 years till 31 Dec 2025, with enhancements to:

  • Continue to encourage the inflow of local and foreign venture capital funds into Singapore and catalyse more financing options for locally-based enterprises (especially startups and SMEs).
  • Further boost the vibrancy of the startup ecosystem in Singapore.

S13H provides tax exemption for income from funds that meet the scheme’s requirement to invest into unlisted Singapore-based companies.

  • List of investments and income incentivised is expanded to include relevant items of the specified income.
  • Foreign-incorporated or Singapore Variable Capital companies included to qualify for tax incentive.
  • Removal of the statutory sub-limit that imposes a 10-year cap for the first tranche of tax exemption, while the 15-year cap on the overall tenure of the tax exemption status remains.
  • Approved venture capital funds will be allowed to claim Goods & Services Tax incurred on their expenses, at a fixed recovery rate (to be determined).

FMI offers fund management companies managing the associated S13H-approved funds a concessionary tax rate of 5%.

  • Renewable FMI award for the fund manager will be set at a maximum tenure of 5 years.
  • Receive a single FMI award, which confers a concessionary tax rate of 5% on management fees and performance bonus derived from the associated portfolio of S13H funds, instead of having separate FMI award for each S13H fund.

Pioneer Certificate Incentive and Development and Expansion Incentive (SME, MNC)
Economic Development Board (EDB)
The Pioneer Certificate Incentive (PC) and the Development and Expansion Incentive (DEI) aim to encourage companies to grow capabilities and conduct new or expanded economic activities in Singapore. Companies that carry out global or regional headquarters (HQ) activities of managing, coordinating and controlling business activities for a group of companies may also apply for DEI for the HQ activities.

An approved company under the PC or DEI is eligible for a corporate tax exemption or a concessionary tax rate of 5% or 10%, respectively, on income derived from qualifying activities.

The tax incentives extended for an additional five years to December 2028.

COVID-19 Related

Enterprise Financing Scheme – Trade Loan (EFS-TL) (Micro, SME, MNC)
Enterprise Singapore (ESG)
The EFS-TL (formerly known as Loan Insurance Scheme Plus) supports enterprises’ trade financing needs to 31 Mar 2025. Beyond the period of this extension, the enhanced risk-share of 70% will be maintained, while the maximum loan quantum is at S$10 million for young enterprises and enterprises trading in challenged markets.

Enterprise Financing Scheme – Project Loan (EFS-PL) (Micro, SME, MNC)
Enterprise Singapore (ESG)

  • Provides support for businesses at various stages of growth to access financing and stronger support for young businesses.
  • EFS covers seven different areas – green growth projects, working capital, fixed assets, venture debt, trade, projects, and mergers & acquisitions.
  • The enhanced Enterprise Financing Scheme – Project Loan (EFS – PL) will be further extended till 31 Mar 2024 to support domestic projects for construction enterprises while maximum loan quantum is at S$15 million for young enterprises and enterprises trading in challenged markets.

Enterprise Financing Scheme – Merger and Acquisitions (M&A) (Micro, SME, MNC)
Enterprise Singapore (ESG)

  • Supports enterprises to scale and expand through M&A – including venturing into complementary businesses and emerging sectors.
  • As announced at Budget 2022, the Enterprise Financing Scheme – Merger & Acquisition (EFS – M&A) will be enhanced for 4 years, from 1 Apr 2022 to 31 Mar 2026, to include domestic M&A activities.

Tax Exemption Scheme for New Start-Up (Micro, SME, MNC)
Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS)
Tax exemption applicable for all new incorporated Singapore companies in the first 3 consecutive year assessment, except those with principal activity as investment holding and undertakes property development for sale and investment.

50% Corporate Income Tax Rebate for companies in the Year of Assessment 2024, capped at $40,000. Minimum cash payout of $2,000 for smaller companies that employ at least one local employee.

Simplified Insolvency Programme (SIP) (Micro, SME)
Ministry of Law (MinLaw)

  • From 29 Jan 2021 to 28 Jan 2028, locally incorporated micro and small companies may apply for 2 separate programmes under SIP.
  • For simplified debt restructuring, companies are only required to submit 1 application to the high court with greater rooms to propose restructuring plan and lower requirements for approval by creditors.
  • Simplified winding will adapt to existing creditor’s voluntary winding up process, removes the need for court application and allows for early dissolution.

Tourism Development Grants (Singapore Tourism Board) (Micro, SME, MNC)
Singapore Tourism Board (STB)
STB unveils a new 4-year Tourism Development Fund, designed to catalyse the creation of innovative and quality tourism products and experiences, and capability and talent enhancement efforts among tourism-related enterprises. The fund consists of 3 schemes:

  • Tourism Product Development Scheme
  • Tourism Event Development Scheme
  • Tourism Capability Development Scheme

Progressive Wage Credit Scheme (Micro, SME, MNC)
Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS)
To provide transitional wage support for employers to:

  • Adjust to upcoming mandatory wage increases for lower-wage workers covered by the Progressive Wage and Local Qualifying Salary requirements; and
  • Voluntarily raise wages of lower-wage workers.
  • Co-fund wage increases of eligible resident employees from 2022 to 2026.
    • Wages up to $2,500: Increase from 50% to 75%
    • Wages above $2,500 and up to $3,000: Increase from 30% to 45%
  • In 2023, an increase in Government’s co-funding share from 50% to 75% for the first tier and from 30% to 45% for the second tier, while maintaining all other parameters.
  • Extend Progressive Wage Model to retail, food services, and waste management sectors; and to other occupations, e.g. in-house cleaners, administrators, and drivers.

Digital Acceleration Grant (Micro, SME)
Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)

  • 70% cofunding for applications submitted on and after 1 January 2022 are offered to Singapore financial institutions and FinTechs encouraging adoption of digital solutions.
  • Qualifying expenses are hardware and software, including licenses, maintenance and subscription costs, and professional services tied to adopting digital solutions.

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