Government Grants to Help Your Business

Singapore has long been promoting an economy that encourages investors and entrepreneurs to bring forth innovative ideas and business solutions. Some of the many programs the Singapore Government has introduced to support businesses include varied incentive grants and schemes to help them upgrade their digital systems, support innovative ideas, and attract global talent, among many others.  

This section will cover the various grants and schemes available to start-ups and other Singapore registered companies.

Start-up companies can make use of the following grants:

Grants Features Eligibility
  • Startup SG Founder
  • Provides mentorship and an initial capital grant of $30,000 to first-time entrepreneurs with innovative business ideas.
  •  Applicant must be Singaporean/ Permanent Resident who is a first-time entrepreneur.
  •  Applicant(s) must hold or propose to hold at least 30% equity in the underlying company;
  •  The company must have 51% local equity held directly or indirectly by Singaporean(s) and/or Singaporean PR(s), determined by the ultimate individual ownership ( local shareholding.)
  •  He/She must not have received any government funds for the same project in the past.
  • Startup SG Tech
  • Aims to provide successful applicants with greater ease of cashflow, to be awarded upon the completion of set milestones. It provides a platform for start-ups to receive an early stage funding for the commercialisation of proprietary technology.
  •  Have at least 30% local equity held directly or indirectly by Singaporean(s) and/or Singapore PR(s), determined by the ultimate individual ownership.
  •  Company should have been registered for less than 5 years at the time of application.
  •  Annual sales turnover does not exceed $100 million OR has an employment size of 200 staff or less.
  •  Your project should either be a Proof-of-Concept (POC) Project or a Proof-of-Value (POV). For a complete list of eligible projects click here.
  • Startup SG Talent
  • Aims to support global talent interested in setting up innovative businesses in Singapore and for start-ups looking to attract foreign talent to be part of their team.
  • Schemes under this pillar include EntrePass, T-Up, Global Ready Talent Programme, and Tech@SG Programme.
  •  For Entrepass: Company must be registered with ACRA and must be less than 6 months old at the time of application.
  •  For T-Up: Have at least 30% local equity held directly or indirectly by Singaporean(s) and/or Singapore PR(s), determined by the ultimate individual ownership; and an annual turnover of less than S$100 million/employee size of not more than 200 workers.
  •  For GRT Programme: Must be an ACE Startups Member of less than 5 years old.
  •  For Tech@Sg: Company must be registered with ACRA and have a core business product/service of digital nature.For a more details, click here.

To learn more about Government Grants for Start-ups, click here.

Companies with their headquarters registered in Singapore can make use of the following grants-

  1. Productivity Solution Grants

This grant is aimed at supporting companies looking to adopt IT solutions and other digital equipment that would smoothen business processes and facilitate greater productivity. The PSG funds up to 70% of the costs for qualifying activities,  capped at $30,000 per year.

SMEs can apply for this grant under the following conditions –

  • They are registered and operating in Singapore.
  • They intend to use the purchased/leased IT solution and equipment in Singapore.
  • 30% of their shares are locally held.
  • They have an annual sales turnover less than $100 million OR an employee size below 200 worker.

Covid-19 Additional Support:

In the wake of the Covid-19 situation, the Singapore government has come forward with extra propositions to support business operations to remain productive and effective through continued digital system upgrades and building necessary IT infrastructure.

As announced under the Solidarity Budget 2020, the maximum funding support level under this grant will be raised to 80% from 1 April 2020 to 31 December 2020, capped at $30,000. The scope of generic solutions and supports will be expanded during this time and they include:

  • Online collaboration tool
  • Virtual meeting and telephony tools
  • Queue management systems
  • Temperature screening solutions

For further details, click PSG.

  1. Enterprise Development Grant (EDG)

The Enterprise Development Grant (EDG) is provided to businesses that are looking to upgrade their innovative ideas or expand their overseas presence in ways that would help them to grow and transform. The grants support costs such as third-party consultancy fees, software and equipment, and internal manpower cost. The EDG covers up to 30% – 70% of qualifying project costs, depending on whether your business is a Small Medium Enterprise (SME), and whether your costs are related to software and equipment. While there is no official grant cap set, the amount is directly correlated to the project type.

Companies can apply for this grant if:

  • They are registered and operating in Singapore.
  • At least 30% of shares are held by locals.
  • They are financially stable to see the project through to the end.

Covid-19 Additional Support:

The Singapore government will raise the maximum support level to 80% from 1 April 2020 to 21 December 2020. This may go up to 90% for those enterprises severely impacted by Covid-19 (determined on a case-by case basis). The grant cap will vary dependant on the project type.

For more details, click EDG.

  1. Market Readiness Assistance (MRA) Grant:

Enterprises looking to build their international presence can make use of the MRA grant to expand their business overseas. Successful applicant may receive up to 70% support on eligible costs, capped at S$100,000 per company per new market.

Companies can submit applications for this grant if:

  • They are registered in Singapore.
  • Their overseas sales have not exceeded S$100,000 in the last three preceding years.
  • At least 30% of shares are locally held.
  • Group Annual Sales Turnover has not exceeded S$100 million OR employee size is 200 workers or less.

For more details, click MRA Grant.

Apart from these, companies can make use of a host of others grants available such as the Land Productivity Grant, SkillsFuture Enterprise Credit, International Co-Innovation Programmes, and the Specialised Cleaning Programme (directed towards enterprises affected with confirmed Covid-19 infections).

  1. Pact Programme:

This programme is suitable for companies looking to collaborate with other companies to carry out business projects and gain mutual benefits from one another. Projects that are undertaken between the companies must be in the form of either capability development (supplier/partner development, co-innovation, knowledge transfer) or business development (alliances, sharing of resources).

Under this programme, support for SMEs will be capped at 70% and for non-SMEs this will be capped at 50% of the qualifying costs.

In such a collaboration, one enterprise should take the role of “leader” in driving the projects to benefit the group of companies.

An enterprise needs to fulfil the following conditions to be eligible to lead:

  • It should be a Singapore registered company. The other participating companies may include foreign firms, but the majority must constitute of locally registered firms.
  • It should have capabilities that are superior to those of the other participating companies.
  • It should be interested in helping the participating companies in ways that go beyond regular commercial interests.

For more details, visit PACT Programme.

  1. Startup SG Accelerator:

Startup AG Accelerator aims to help high potential start-ups to capitalise on growth opportunities through various programmes, mentorships, and provision of resources. Under this programme, funding will be provided for:

  • Start-ups to develop new products/services, obtain business financing, gain market access etc.
  • Hiring mentors to provide start-ups with expert guidance on business and technical management ideas.
  • Covering certain sections of operating costs.

Companies can apply for this programme if they fulfil the following conditions:

  • They should be incubators or venture accelerators with a unique value proposition.
  • They should have a steady revenue model for the long term.
  • They should have a management team with an excellent track record.

For more details, visit Startup SG Accelerator.

For a complete list of grants and schemes available, click here.

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