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Support For Singaporeans Affected by COVID-19

Available Support

COVID-19 Support Grant

Target beneficiaries and eligibility criteria

Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents, aged 16 years and above, who are presently involuntarily unemployed due to retrenchment or contract termination, or presently on involuntary no-pay leave (NPL) for at least three consecutive months, or presently experiencing reduced monthly salary of at least 30% for at least three consecutive months as a result of the economic impact of COVID-19.

The CSG is open to:

a) First-time applicants who fulfil the eligibility criteria; and 

b) [From 1 Oct 2020] Individuals who are currently receiving or have received CSG support, and fulfil the revised eligibility criteria after their CSG support has ended. They can apply for an additional three months of CSG support.

The revised eligibility criteria for the COVID-19 Support Grant, which take effect from 1 Oct 2020, are as follows:

 

·         Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents aged 16 years and above.

·    Full-time or part-time employees affected by the economic impact of the COVID-19 situation (loss of job/income or start of involuntary no-pay leave should have occurred after 23 Jan 2020):

        - Presently involuntarily unemployed due to retrenchment/contract termination;

        - Presently on involuntary NPL for a period of at least three consecutive months (e.g. Mar - May 2020, Aug - Oct 2020); or

        - Presently experiencing reduced monthly salary of at least 30% for a period of at least three consecutive months (e.g. Mar - May 2020, Aug -Oct 2020);

·         Prior gross monthly household income of ≤$10,000, or monthly per capita income of ≤$3,100;

·         Live in a property with annual value of ≤$21,000;

·         [From 1 Oct 2020] Does not own more than one property;

·         [From 1 Oct 2020, This criterion applies for unemployed applicants only] Demonstrates job search or training efforts;

·         Not a current beneficiary of ComCare assistance, i.e. Long-Term Assistance, & Short-to-Medium-Term Assistance.(Note: ComCare clients currently receive comprehensive support, and will be assisted by SSOs if they require more assistance due to changes in their financial circumstances);

·    Has not already benefitted from nor is planning to apply for assistance under the Self-Employed Persons Income Relief Scheme (SIRS);

·    Not on SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways Programme-Company Training, or SGUnited Skills programmes;

·    Full-time National Servicemen and interns are not eligible 

 

Recipients of the support grant must:

·         Have been employed as a full-time or part-time permanent or contract staff prior to job/income loss; and

 

·         Agree to actively participate in job search or attend a training programme under Workforce Singapore or the Employment and Employability Institute.

 

Assistance provided
For those who have experienced involuntary job loss or presently on involuntary NPL for a period of at least three consecutive months - Monthly cash grant of up to $800, for 3 months, will be credited into bank account.The cash support quantum will be based on the last-drawn monthly salary, capped at $800.

 

Job and training support by Workforce Singapore or the Employment and Employability Institute.

 

For those who have experienced income loss of at least 30% for a period of at least three consecutive months - Monthly cash grant of up to $500, for 3 months, will be credited into bank account.The cash support quantum will be based on the last-drawn monthly salary, capped at $500.

        

Application

Apply online at go.gov.sg/CSG (9am to 6pm daily) till 31 December 2020. Existing/previous CSG recipients may re-apply from 1 October 2020. Those who need help filling in the online application form can call the ComCare Call hotline (1800-222-0000) or email ask_sso@msf.gov.sg for assistance. Those who are not able to apply online can call the ComCare Call hotline to schedule an application slot at their nearest Social Service Office(go.gov.sg/ssolocator). You may refer to the full list of FAQs here.

Application window

Applications open from 4 May – 31 Dec 2020, 9am to 6pm daily.

Processing time

About 2 weeks upon submission of supporting documents. 

Supporting documents required:
·    NRIC
·   Bank account number (for fund disbursement)

·   Relevant documents indicating involuntary loss of job, being on involuntary NPL or reduction of at least 30% salary for at least three consecutive months; such as
         - Letter of retrenchment/termination of contract

         - Letter from employer stating being placed on involuntary NPL for at least three consecutive months

         - Letter from employer indicating loss of at least 30% salary for at least three consecutive months

·   Payslip(s) or CPF contribution statement(s) showing last drawn monthly salary, before loss of job, being placed on involuntary NPL, or loss of at least 30% of salary

·   Payslip(s) or CPF contribution statement(s) showing last drawn monthly salary, after loss of job, being placed on involuntary NPL or loss of at least 30% of salary 

  

List of Supporting Documents

                                   
S/N Type of Job Search and/or Training Efforts  Permissible Documents 
 1.

Applied for schemes under SGUnited Job and Skills Package  

- SGUnited Jobs

- SGUnited Traineeships

- SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways Programme-Company Attachments

- SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways Programme-Company Training^

- SGUnitedSkills^

Record of job and training applications

Applicants should have made at least one job application or attended at least one interview within two months preceding CSG application

- Signed trainee/individual agreement, or email receipts or screenshots showing submission of job/traineeship application, or emails from employer requesting for interviews/aptitude tests. Emails or screenshots should minimally indicate name of applicant, name of company, and date of application/interview.

- Email receipts/ screenshots showing application for SGUnited Skills programmes delivered by Continuing Education and Training (CET) Centres, including Institutes of Higher Learning, or SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways Programme-Company Training. Emails or screenshots should minimally indicate name of applicant, course title, date of application, and name of training provider.

^Individuals who have commenced their SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways Programme-Company Training or SGUnited Skills courses will not be eligible for the COVID-19 Support Grant.

 2. Applied for or participated in job search or training programme under Workforce Singapore (WSG) or the Employment and Employability Institute (e2i)

Record of job application/attendance of job search or training programmes under WSG/e2i.

- Screenshots of MyCareersFuture (MCF) and Virtual Career Fairs (VSF) job applications made in 'MCF Applied Jobs' section

- Email receipt/screenshots of WSG's acknowledgement email to Career Trial (CT) application or Professional Conversion Programme (PCP).

- Email receipts/screenshots of training provider confirmation of successful enrolment in course. Emails or screenshots should minimally indicate name of applicant, date of application, course title, and name of training provider.

 3. Applied or participated in training programmes(s) supported by SkillsFuture Singapore

Record showing application for/enrolment in course(s) supported by SkillsFuture Singapore

- Email receipts or screenshots showing application for/enrolment in course(s) supported by SkillsFuture Singapore, or certificatesattained upon successful completion of course(s). Emails or screenshots should minimally indicate name of applicant, date of application, course title, and name of training provider.

 4.  Applied or interviewed for jobs

Letter/emails/screenshots of application for job, or scheduled/attended interviews.

At least 1 job application/interview within two months before CSG application

or

Self-declaration of job search efforts

Applicants will be asked to provide the name/contact/address of the employer that they have contacted, and the date of their interview. MSF will conduct further checks on the information provided.

Please note that there will be legal consequences for those who make false declarations in their CSG application.

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The Courage Fund For Lower-Income Households affected by COVID-19


Target beneficiaries and eligibility criteria

The Courage Fund will help lower-income households affected by COVID-19 who meet the following criteria:

1. At least one household member is a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident.
2. At least one household member contracted COVID-19, or was placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN), mandatory Leave of Absence (LOA) or Home Quarantine Order (QO).
3. [As of 1 June 2020] Household has gross monthly income of ≤$6,200, or gross monthly per capita income of ≤$2,000, prior to being affected by COVID-19.
4. Household experienced a complete or partial (of at least 10%) loss of household income as a result of (2).

Note: ComCare clients can apply.

Assistance provided

 

    One-time lump sum of up to $1,000 (depending on the household's per capita income after being affected by COVID-19), credited into bank account.
    Please allow 2 - 3 weeks processing time for fund disbursement, upon submission of supporting documents.

    Application window
    Applications open from 6 April 2020.
    Applications should be made within 6 months from the end of the QO, LOA or SHN or discharge from hospitalisation due to COVID-19 (whichever is later).

    Application process
    Apply online at https://go.gov.sg/tcf (9am to 6pm daily). Those who need help filling in the online application can email Ask_SSO@msf.gov.sg or call the ComCare Call hotline at 1800-222-0000 for assistance. 

      Click here for Frequently Asked Questions

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      Temporary Relief Fund


      Target beneficiaries and eligibility criteria
      The Temporary Relief Fund supports lower- and middle-income Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents affected by the economic impact of COVID-19 and who need immediate financial help with basic living expenses.
       
      The eligibility criteria for the Temporary Relief Fund are as follows:
       
      ·         Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents aged 16 years and above.
      ·         Was retrenched or suffered substantial (at least 30%) loss of personal income due to COVID-19.
      Note: Loss of job or income must have taken place after 23 Jan 2020 when COVID-19 first occurred in Singapore.
      ·         Had a gross monthly household income of ≤$10,000, or a gross monthly per capita income of ≤$3,100 prior to loss of job or income; and

       

          Not a current beneficiary of ComCare assistance, i.e. Long-Term Assistance, Short-to-Medium-Term Assistance, Interim Assistance. (Note: ComCare clients currently receive comprehensive support, and will be assisted by SSOs if they require more assistance due to changes in their financial circumstances)
       
      ·    Full-time students and NSFs should not apply
       
      Assistance provided
       
      One-off $500 cash assistance in April 2020.

      Applying at SSO or Community Centre/Club
      ·         SSOs: Disbursed by cheque.
      ·         Community Centres/Clubs: Disbursed by PayNow or cheque.

       

      Applying online
      ·         Disbursed by PayNow
        
      Application window
      Applications were open from 1 Apr to 30 Apr 2020.
       
       
      Application process

      Applying online via Singpass
      Applicants who have a Singpass account and a registered PayNow account can apply online from 9am to 6pm
      During your online application, you will be prompted to upload a copy of the following supporting documents:
      ·         Letter of retrenchment/termination of contract, if applicable
      ·         Relevant documents showing reduction of income as a result of COVID-19 (e.g. payslips, CPF statements), if applicable 
        
       
       
       

      [1] Besides 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 will also support (i) dependents of those who succumb to the virus and (ii) healthcare workers, frontline workers and community volunteers who contract the virus in the course of duty. More details on eligibility criteria, application details and the quantum of assistance for these groups will be released by NCSS.

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