The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many Singaporeans.

The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) has launched the COVID-19 Recovery Grant (CRG) on 18 January 2021 to support lower- to middle-income employees and self-employed persons (SEPs) who remain significantly affected by job or income loss. The grant will give recipients greater peace of mind while they actively search for a new job or training opportunities.

Who is eligible?

Full details of the eligibility criteria are in the table below. 

Employees

SEPs

Age

21 years old and above

Citizenship

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 No-Pay Leave (NPL), household income of not more than $7,800 or per capita household income of not more than $2,600.

Economically active

Worked for at least six months cumulatively between January 2019 and December 2020.

Declared annual net trade income (NTI) in either 2019 or 2020. Additionally, 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.

Job / Income loss

Full-time or part-time employee affected by COVID-19:

·        Presently involuntarily unemployed (due to retrenchment/contract termination);

·        Presently on involuntary NPL for a period of at least three consecutive months (e.g. Jan – Mar 2021); or

·        Presently experiencing salary loss of at least 50% on average for at least three consecutive months from all jobs as a part-time or full-time employee (e.g. Jan – Mar 2021)

Job loss/NPL/salary loss must have taken place after 23 Jan 2020, when the first case of COVID-19 was detected in Singapore

Presently experiencing average loss in net trade income (NTI) of at least 50% over a period of at least three consecutive months, compared to their average monthly NTI in 2019 or 2020.

NTI loss must have taken place after 23 Jan 2020

Job search or training requirement

Applicants must have actively participated in job search or training, and show proof of any of the following activities in the two months prior to application:

  •           Submitted at least two applications via Government-linked touchpoints (e.g. MyCareersFuture portal, the Professional Conversion Programme portal) for jobs, traineeships, or attachments; or

  •           Attended at least two job interviews; or
  •           Registered with WSG Careers Connect, WSG-appointed Career Matching Providers (Ingeus or MAXIMUS) or NTUC-e2i Career Centres for career coaching and have commenced the coaching session(s); or
  •           Applied for at least one training programme listed on MySkillsFuture (MySF) portal.

Notes:

  •           In lieu of the job search or training requirement, SEPs may also submit supporting evidence of two attempts to improve their business revenue or reach out to new clients/business opportunities, as proof of job search.
  •           Employees who are facing salary loss or are on involuntary NPL will be exempted from this requirement.

 

Exclusion Criteria

Applicants should not be concurrently receiving support from any of the following Government schemes when applying for the CRG:

  •           Seafarers Relief Package;
  •           COVID-19 Driver Relief Fund;
  •           SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways Programme – Company Training; or
  •           SGUnited Skills Programme

*Recipients of the COVID-19 Support Grant (CSG), ComCare Short-to-Medium Term Assistance or Long-Term Assistance may apply for the CRG when receiving their last month of CSG or ComCare payouts. If approved, their CRG grants will commence only after the cessation of their CSG or ComCare payouts.

Applicants who are Full-time National Servicemen at the point of application are not eligible.

How much assistance can I get?

1. Employees can get up to $700 per month for three months if:

  • Unemployed due to retrenchment or involuntary contract termination; or
  • Placed on involuntary NPL for at least three consecutive months.

2. Employees and SEP can get up to $500 per month for three months:

  • Employees facing salary loss of at least 50% on average for at least three consecutive months; and
  • SEPs facing an average loss in net trade income (NTI) of at least 50% over a period of at least three consecutive months, compared to their average monthly NTI in 2019 or 2020.

Assistance will be credited directly into the successful applicant’s bank account every month for three months, following approval.

How do I apply?

Individuals can apply for the CRG online via go.gov.sg/CRG from 24/7 (including weekends and public holidays), from 18 January to 31 December 2021. Applicants should prepare their supporting documents in advance for a smooth application process.

Those who need help completing the online application form can call the ComCare Call hotline (1800-222-0000) or email Ask_SSO@msf.gov.sg. Those who are unable to apply online can visit their nearest Social Service Office (go.gov.sg/ssolocator) for assistance.

For more info on the required supporting documents and the application for COVID-19 Recovery Grant, please visit Ministry of Social and Family Development’s (MSF) website.