The COVID-19 Recovery Grant – Temporary (CRG-T) provides one-off financial support for lower- and middle-income workers who have been placed on involuntary no-pay leave (NPL), or face income loss of at least 50% for one month. These should be a result of the tightened safe management measures (SMMs) during this period of Heightened Alert.
Individuals can apply online here between 3 June and 2 July 2021.
Applicants should fulfil the following criteria:
||Self-Employed Persons (SEPs)
The income loss or involuntary NPL should have occurred between 16 May and 30 Jun 2021
- Placed on involuntary NPL for at least one month
- Salary loss of at least 50% for at least one month
- Loss in Net Trade Income (NTI) of at least 50% for at least one month, compared to average monthly NTI in 2019 or 2020
- The income loss or involuntary NPL should have occurred between 16 May and 30 Jun 2021
||Aged 21 years old and above
||Singapore Citizens (SCs) and Permanent Residents (PRs)
|Annual Value (AV) of Property
||Living in a property with AV not more than $21,000. Applicant should not own more than one property.
|Prior household income
||Prior to job or income loss or involuntary NPL, household income of not more than $7,800 or per capita household income of not more than $2,600.
||Employees should have worked for at least six months cumulatively between January 2019 and December 2020.
SEPs should have declared* annual NTI in 2019 or 2020. Additionally, SEPs should provide supporting documents on their line of work.
*SEPs may retroactively declare their NTI in past years by submitting Form IRAS144 to the CPF Board. The form can be found via the CPF website or the QR below:
To ensure that SEPs continue to save for their healthcare needs, SEPs who have received CRG previously and are applying for CRG-T must have no outstanding MediSave contributions at the point of application. Alternatively, they can commit to making contributions via a GIRO plan. MediSave obligations are waived only for SEPs who are applying for their first tranche of CRG support, to allow them to receive timely assistance.
||Applicants should not be concurrently receiving support from any of the following Government schemes when applying for CRG-T:
- COVID-19 Recovery Grant;
- ComCare Short-to-Medium-Term Assistance;
- ComCare Long-Term Assistance;
- Seafarers Relief Package;
- COVID-19 Driver Relief Fund;
- SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways Programme – Company Training; or
- SGUnited Skills Package.
Applicants who are Full-time National Servicemen at the point of application are not eligible.
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The financial support provided by CRG are:
A one-time payout of up to $700 to:
A one-time payout of up to $500 to:
- Employees who, at the point of application, have been placed on involuntary NPL for at least one month.
- Employees who are facing salary loss of at least 50% for at least one month; or
- SEPs who are facing Net Trade Income (NTI) loss of at least 50% for at least one month, compared to their average monthly NTI in 2019 or 2020.
Assistance will be credited directly into the successful applicant’s bank account, following approval.
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Applications are open via this link, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, starting from 9.00am on 3 June 2021 till 11.59pm on 2 July 2021.
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Applicants who require help filling in the online application form can:
Supporting Documents Required
Applicants must submit all of the following supporting documents:
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- Documents on bank account details for fund disbursement.
- [For employees] : Relevant documents indicating placement on involuntary NPL or salary loss of at least 50% for at least one month, such as:
- A letter from employer stating placement on involuntary NPL for at least one month; or
- A letter from employer indicating salary reduction of at least 50% for at least one month; or
- Payslip(s) or CPF contribution statement(s) showing last drawn monthly salary before and after the placement on involuntary NPL or salary loss.
- Payslip(s) or CPF contribution statement(s) showing last drawn monthly salary before and after the job loss, placement on involuntary NPL or salary loss.
- [For self-employed persons]: Relevant documents indicating that you are a self-employed person e.g. valid trade license(s), contracts for service, income statements, tax invoices billed to service buyers, receipts issued for services, or list of client engagements.
Applicants will be informed of the application outcome via SMS in about 2 weeks, upon submission of all supporting documents.
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1. What are the differences between the COVID-19 Recovery Grant (CRG) and the COVID-19 Recovery Grant – Temporary (CRG-T)?
CRG-T is intended to provide one-off support for lower- and middle-income employees and self-employed persons (SEPs) who are facing income loss or involuntary NPL as a result of the tightened Safe Management Measures (SMMs) during this period of Heightened Alert.
The key differences are:
|Duration of Income Loss
||CRG-T applicants must be placed on involuntary NPL or experience income loss of at least 50% for at least one month, whereas CRG applicants must be placed on involuntary NPL or experience income loss of at least 50% for at least three consecutive months.
|Jobs and Training Criterion
||CRG-T applicants do not need to provide evidence of conducting job search or training, whereas CRG applicants are required to do so.
|Duration of Support
||Those who qualify for CRG-T will receive assistance for one month on a one-off basis, whereas those who qualify for CRG will receive three months of assistance per tranche. For CRG, eligible individuals can receive up to two tranches of assistance (capped at six months of assistance in total).
All other criteria are the same as the criteria for CRG.
2. Are past COVID-19 Recovery Grant (CRG) recipients eligible for the new COVID-19 Recovery Grant – Temporary (CRG-T)?
Yes, CRG-T recipients can apply for the CRG, if they continue to need help and meet the eligibility criteria. Eligible individuals can receive up to two tranches of support from CRG (capped at six months of assistance in total) and one tranche ofof support from CRG-T.
However, individuals cannot receive both CRG and CRG-T for the same month, as they are already being supported by one scheme that month. For example, if an individual is receiving CRG-T assistance for the month of June, they cannot include June in the period of NPL or income loss used to support their application for CRG assistance.
If you have experienced three months of income loss of at least 50% on average between March and June 2021, you may consider applying for CRG (which offers three months of support) instead of CRG-T. Individuals who have involuntarily lost their jobs may wish to apply for CRG instead of CRG-T.
3. Are individuals who have been retrenched or had their contracts terminated eligible for CRG-T?
Individuals who involuntarily lost their jobs should apply for assistance under the COVID-19 Recovery Grant (CRG) instead. Eligible applicants will receive financial support for three months per tranche.
4. When must the involuntary no-pay leave (NPL)/income loss occur in order for an applicant to be eligible for CRG-T?
Applicants must have been placed on involuntary NPL for at least one month or experience at least 50% income loss for at least one month between 16 May and 30 June 2021.
5. Why are SEPs exempted from the job search and training criterion when applying for CRG-T?
CRG-T provides one-off financial support to affected individuals during a period of tightened restrictions, where it may be challenging for applicants to find a job or seek out training opportunities.
6. Are there other schemes to support individuals who need financial support, if they are not eligible for the COVID-19 Recovery Support Grant – Temporary (CRG-T) or the COVID-19 Recovery Grant (CRG)?
Lower-income individuals and families (with monthly household income of $1,900 and below, or a per capita income of $650 and below) can apply for ComCare , which provides financial assistance and comprehensive support.
If their income exceeds these guidelines, they may still approach the SSOs if they face financial difficulties. The SSOs will assess their circumstances and needs, and provide assistance accordingly.
For lower-income households whose family member(s) have contracted COVID-19 or are on Stay-Home Notice, Leave of Absence or Home Quarantine Order, The Courage Fund (TCF) will help to support (i) dependents of individuals who contract COVID-19, and (ii) healthcare workers, frontline workers and community volunteers who contract the virus in the course of duty.
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