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COVID-19

Updated as of 24 March 2022

National Support Measures

[New!] The Small Business Recovery Grant (SBRG) provides one-off cash support to SMEs that have been most affected by the COVID-19 restrictions over the past year, including eligible organisations from the arts and culture sector. For more information, please visit this link.

[Extended] Applications for the COVID-19 Recovery Grant (CRG) are extended until 31 December 2022. Please visit the Ministry of Social and Family Development’s website for more information. 

Under the Jobs Support Scheme (JSS), the Government co-funded a percentage of the first $4,600 of gross monthly wages of each local employee on his/ her Central Provident Fund (CPF) payroll. Eligible organisations from the arts and culture sector benefitted from Tier 2 support in the first phase of implementation, as well as enhanced support from May to December 2021 due to the tightened safe management measures since Phase 2 (Heightened Alert).

Eligible organisations that are tenants of Government-owned commercial properties, as well as tenant-occupiers and owner-occupiers of privately-owned commercial properties also benefitted from rental relief.

Sector-Specific Support Measures
Since 2020, the Arts and Culture Resilience Package (ACRP) has provided a total of $75 million to support the arts and culture sector, as live performances and other cultural activities gradually resume. This includes the Capability Development Scheme for the Arts (CDSA), the Digital Presentation Grant for the Arts (DPG), and commissioned works and partnerships under the Digitalisation Fund. As time-limited schemes, the CDSA and DPG were introduced to support artists and arts organisations to grow capabilities as well as present their work in digital form or via digital mediums during COVID-19. 

In addition, eligible key organisations in the arts and related sectors received the ACRP Operating Grant that helped to defray operating costs. The first tranche of $50,000 or $75,000 was administered by the National Arts Council (NAC) and the co-administering agencies (the National Heritage Board and DesignSingapore Council), followed by a second tranche of $35,000 per eligible organisation. Over 240 organisations have benefitted across both tranches of the ACRP Operating Grant. 

[Extended] MCCY has extended its subsidy for venue hire and in-house production costs for another three months from 1 April 2022 to 30 June 2022, at a subsidy level of 30%. The subsidy will be ceased thereafter. Please visit here for more information.

In June 2021, NAC launched two additional grant support namely, the Self-Employed Person (SEP) Grant and the Organisation Transformation Grant (OTG) for projects to be completed by 31 March 2022. The SEPG creates work opportunities for arts and culture freelancers by encouraging them to collaborate on projects especially those that have a longer-term impact on their practices, professionalism and livelihoods. The OTG supports arts organisations in both the digital and non-digital aspects of business transformation and encourages organisations to work together to address common pain points and/or co-create solutions. Respective engagement sessions were organised in April to May 2021 with the key stakeholders to discuss key topics and co-design parameters of the grants. Read more here

Moving ahead, NAC will incorporate the SEP Grant and OTG into the general grant schemes. 

The SEP Grant will be incorporated into NAC’s existing Presentation and Participation Grant (P&P), Market and Audience Development Grant (MAD) and the Capability Development Grant (CDG), to support SEPs in their practice and encourage upskilling. The funding cap for the CDG will be increased to 90%. These changes will take effect for all applications submitted from 15 April 2022 onwards. Details on the various grant schemes can be found here.

NAC will introduce a new Sector Transformation Fund (STF) for the arts sector. The STF will provide targeted support for transformation projects that seek to improve audience experiences, organisational efficiency, and revenue streams. Projects previously supported under the OTG which demonstrate potential for further gains can also be sustained with the STF. Consultancy support will be made available to arts organisations to help shape and develop their transformation plans for the upcoming years. Details will be announced at a later date. 

Through support of the ACRP, NAC has:

    Created over 18,000 job/training opportunities for artists and arts groupsSupported more than 2,300 ACRP projects and programmesEstablished 204 partnerships and commissioned projectsReached over 44 million views*
    For capability development, digitalisation and business transformation efforts of artists and arts organisations as well as SEP work opportunities and NAC-commissioned works  Projects supported under the Digitalisation Fund, DPG, CDSA, SEPG, and OTGAs part of the #SGCultureAnywhere campaign and across various NAC programmes and festivals

    With digital presentation of Singapore's arts and culture content 

    *across NAC's channels and A List

     

     

    In view of the evolving situation, NAC continues to provide support through existing project grants such as the Presentation and Participation Grant (P&P), Capability Development Grant (CDG) and Market and Audience Development Grant (MAD). NAC will work with grantees to make provisions for adjustments that may now be needed, where possible and encourage grantees to approach account managers for further discussions. To sustain support for the COVID-19 time-limited schemes that have phased out, we have made some adjustments and enhancements to the relevant grants. Read more here.

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